Where does your circuit breaker go in your office? Believe it or not, you probably can’t tell even after you open the breaker panel door. On average your panel schedule is somewhere between completely non-existent to magic marker scrawled onto the actual breaker to an old faded remnant of the 80’s produced perhaps by “Westinghouse” and in complete tatters taped onto the panel door waiting to fall off into maintenance oblivion.
Your electrical breaker panel schedules are one of your buildings most important pieces of equipment. Without them, you have absolutely no idea where each individual circuit breaker goes. Good luck next time you reset one and you find out poorly marked yours really are. When you hear the scream from the next office you know you hit the wrong one!! Does this look familiar:
Many times, electricians who are under pressure to get the job done quickly don’t take the time to mark the panel schedule or to mark it properly. Over the years so many different electricians, of varied skill levels, have wired and rewired these panels and tapped into various junction boxes that there is really no telling where the power actuals spiders out to.
It is important to take care of your electrical breakers annually or bi-annually, update your panel schedules to ensure a smooth running building. Schedule routine maintenance like IR (infrared) scans to make sure that there is no overheating, check to make sure the panels are clean, dry, no holes that critters can crawl into, bi-annual regular breaker torqueing to keep them running properly. Take care of your breaker panels and they will keep you powered up!
Above all use, SmartCSM to keep your electrical infrastructure organized and working as efficiently as possible. SmartCSM and you can save TIME, MONEY & LIVES. If you are going to take the time to maintenance gear or map and trace a panel take an extra few seconds to database it into SmartCSM and ultimately you have a better, faster and smarter system.