You rely on your fire and life safety systems to protect your people, property and business, therefore regular maintenance is essential for keeping these systems running smoothly and guarantee safety. If you’re wondering whether a preventive maintenance agreement is worth the investment, consider the following benefits
- Predictable and Lower Costs Over the Life of the Contract
When you are managing a budget, it’s critical to understand expenses up front. No one likes surprises – especially unexpected maintenance costs. When you enter into a preventative maintenance agreement, the majority of your expenses are determined in advance. While the thought of signing an agreement with a service may not seem necessary to many businesses, in fact it can save money over the life of the agreement. Without a maintenance agreement in place, businesses will need to deal with that frantic day when the system goes down and will likely pay overtime/premium labor rates, rush charges on equipment or emergency rates versus the lower rates provided in a maintenance agreement. Service companies typically offer discounted rates as part of their preventative maintenance agreement.
- Minimizing costly downtime
With the regular testing and inspections that are included in a preventative maintenance agreement, potential problems can be identified in advance. These issues can then be resolved based on a schedule that makes sense for the business rather than dealing with costly downtime if an emergency occurs. With a maintenance agreement for your fire & life safety systems in place, the financial downtime impact can be minimized.
Emergency service calls are stressful and expensive. You will typically pay premium rates that include minimum charges that in many cases may be more expensive than the repair itself. Your emergency could potentially require that a technician work on the repairs at night or on the weekend during premium labor wages and rates. With a preventative maintenance agreement in place, this extra stress can be avoided.
- Increased longevity for your systems
Routine maintenance on your equipment can increase the longevity of your fire and life safety systems. A technician can identify simple repair issues before they become a serious and potentially life threating. With regular maintenance it’s less likely that your fire & life safety systems will experience unexpected failures. With a preventative maintenance agreement in place you can be confident that your systems will continue to perform as designed optimizing their performance.
- Priority Service
Most preventative maintenance agreements are contractually binding to a service respond time. Due to this, companies will service their customers that are covered by a preventative maintenance agreement ahead of other customers. In the fire and life safety industry most emergency calls take precedence over all non-emergency/scheduled calls. For those scheduled non-emergency calls, service providers’ bind to a maintenance agreement will schedule a service request for customers under an agreement before non-preventative maintenance customers.
To learn more about maintenance service agreements available from VFS, contact us today!