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We have new leadership over the HVAC Department, and they are looking for ways to hang up our fire fighting hats. Any advice or words of wisdom from anyone out there who have used contract help to start the PM cycle on equipment? We are exploring that option currently here in PWC -- preparing stuff for some Request for Proposals(RFP's) at this stage.
I know I'm preaching to the choir when it comes to talking about an ounce of prevention being worth more than a ton of cure. However, we are still so reactionary in our HVAC department, we have not had time to do full PM's on equipment. They get a lick, a promise and a filter change before moving on to the next piece. During renovations, equipment gets replaced and upgraded (most of the time, we just found some cracks in the net, and some pieces of equipment that should have been replaced back in 2002)
-- So to help change the culture - we are using a two-fold approach. More training for our guys to help them gain a better understanding of all this new equipment going into the schools (Chilled beams anyone?) and instead of fighting for more FTE's, we are going to utilize some contract money to hire some companies to perform regular PM work on the equipment. Then as PM work is done, equipment breaks down less, and our in house staff can then dial back on the reactive work and pick up the PM Work as we phase out the contractors. I'm thinking it will be a 5 year process.
Comments, ideas, pitfalls to watch out for from people who have been there?
Thank you Dude-iverse!