We’ve talked about the importance of regular electrical inspections on our blog at Eric Krise Electrical Contractors for both home and businesses. But when it comes to commercial and industrial electrical inspections, the best bet is to conduct an Infrared Electrical Inspection.
Infrared inspections can detect system overloads, loose defective components, and damaged switchgear by finding hot, dangerous electrical problems quickly.
Infrared radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation, as are radio waves, ultraviolet radiation, X-rays, and microwaves. Infrared light is part of our everyday life, but it is invisible to the human eye. You know it is there, however, since you feel it as heat.
And that’s the important point for using infrared detection in electrical inspections – finding heat and hot spots.
Infrared electrical inspections find hot spots caused by defects in electrical connections and components. Heat in these connections is caused by increased electrical resistance.
By using Infrared thermography – measuring infrared heat – we can find areas of excess heat and correct problems before a component fails, causes further damage, or creates a safety hazard. In an electrical system, heat is a sign of failure and an infrared inspection is a diagnostic tool to find hot connections in the early stages of degeneration.
By preventing breakdowns of electrical components and systems, an infrared inspection also protects your business’s productivity. More and more, insurance companies are requiring businesses to have regular infrared inspections. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also suggests that every commercial and industrial building in the United States should have an infrared survey conducted at least once per year.
Conditions that can be detected by and infrared inspection include:
• Loose/deteriorated connections
• Open circuits
• Unbalanced loads
• Inductive heating
• Defective equipment
An infrared inspection by Eric Krise Electrical Contractors also provides these benefits:
• Determines if the components and system were properly installed
• Reduces downtime, construction schedule delays, and risk of electrical equipment failure
• Increases safety and improves insurability
• Reduces liability
• Improves electrical system performance
• Determines if electrical system and components are operating as intended and are in compliance with the project specifications
Our electrical inspectors are certified by state and local authorities to evaluate the safety of the electrical network on your property. Not only do they undergo extensive training to enter their field, they are required to continue that education throughout their career in order to maintain their certifications.
All of these benefits can save you money by reducing down time for your company. But more importantly finding potential problems in early stages and correcting them before they cause larger failures in the system that will require extensive repairs and even lengthier dozen times.
A simple inspection can keep your business up and running, increasing productivity and profits.
For the safety of your business and employees, learn more by calling us at 856.769.3932 or visit our website at EricKriseElectric.com.