Infrared electrical inspections should be part
of any electrical preventative maintenance program. In fact, they are required
by all commercial insurance policies to ensure that the building is safe and up
to the current code. Let’s take a closer look at what these inspections are and
the importance of them.
What is an infrared inspection?
Infrared inspections use thermal sensitive
cameras, also called infrared thermography, to find hot spots in your equipment
and electrical system. This type of technology makes it possible for a larger
area to be inspected in a much shorter period of time. During the inspection,
the tech can view the images of the areas that may need further review.
Not only is an infrared electrical inspection
necessary, but it can also save you lots of money in the long run. An
inspection of this kind verifies that all equipment is operating at its peak
efficiency, saving you from unexpected breakdowns and repairs. Not to mention
the hugely reduced risk of electrical fires, which can be both physically and
financially devastating. Infrared electrical inspections also ensure that your
equipment is using the least amount of energy necessary to work properly. This will
help to lower your energy bill every month.
What Equipment Can be Tested
The type and scope of your commercial infrared
inspection should be discussed with a licensed, electrical contractor since
each one will vary depending on your specific setting. Typical inspections
include electrical distribution equipment, main switchgear equipment, motor
control centers, transformers, electrical motors, high-value electronics,
circuit breakers, fuses and other electrical equipment.
More Frequent Inspections May be Needed
The frequency of commercial infrared
inspections depends on the specific use of equipment, the type of operations
you run and environmental factors. Although they’re usually conducted once a
year, a licensed electrical contractor will be able to tell you if you need
them more frequently.
Commercial infrared inspections are necessary
to ensure your business, including its electrical system and equipment, are
safe and running efficiently.