M&E (mechanical and electrical) maintenance covers the set of planned tasks, inspections, repairs and replacements that are required to ensure that machines or equipment continue to operate at their highest possible efficiency within the built environment.
M&E work can include a wide range of services such as plumbing, electrics and heating systems. M&E maintenance also typically encompasses servicing items such as boilers, pumps and refrigeration units so long as they are used for heating or cooling purposes.
The frequency of an M&E inspection will vary depending on the type of machine/equipment in use and its age. For instance a heating boiler may only need a service every 2 years, whereas an air conditioning unit could require annual M&E maintenance.
M&E inspection reports should detail any issues with individual components and general wear and tear so that early warnings can be identified before problems escalate.
M&E inspection records could also prove invaluable in cases where litigation arises relating to equipment failure, injury due to poor M&E conditions, etc.
The key benefits of M&E maintenance:
– Reduced breakdowns
– Reduced costs through M&E breakdown prevention
– M&E equipment life increased through M&E inspection reporting
– M&E service life extended through M&E servicing by trained engineers
In M&E Maintenance, technicians utilize their expertise to analyze problems with M&E assets and determine the cause of failure.
Typical M&E issues include: circuit breaker tripping, outages due to electric overload, broken fan belts on HVAC units, faulty systems controls that prevent a piece of equipment from starting up properly; and water leaks inside a facility’s building infrastructure, such as a cooling tower or air handler located in a mechanical room.
M&E maintenance in facilities management
M&E maintenance frequently falls under the remit of facilities management services, which is an umbrella term that covers a number of building services including HVAC, gas, drainage, compliance, roofing and other building work.
Facilities managers are M&E technicians who are responsible for all aspects of the buildings’ M&Es. They are tasked with documenting the condition M&E equipment, managing the procurement schedule, budgeting for purchases of new units, and ensuring maximum uptime for a commercial or residential facility, without disruption to tenants/employees.
M&E technicians often set up M&E service contracts to coordinate preventative M&E maintenance programs that help avoid costly failures in the future, and support other members of the facilities team in planning for new additional equipment needs based on facility growth.
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M&E maintenance is vital at all stages of a building’s life cycle; from planning to designing M&E facilities, through construction work during the build itself, into commissioning M&E installations and then execution of M&E planned or ad hoc repairs/maintenance after completion.
Hebs Group are leading building maintenance contractors, providing a wide range of facility management services to private and public companies throughout the UK. Call 0151 2360707 for more information.