LEV Servicing: What is it and what are the benefits?
“Do I really need to have my LEV system serviced?” is a question we get asked a lot.
And truthfully, the answer is no, you don’t. There’s actually no legal requirement to have your LEV system serviced on a regular basis, but it certainly is good practice to do so.
However, it is worth noting that it is a legal requirement to have your LEV system tested every 14 months, which is where people often get confused.
To help people understand the difference between the two, we like to compare LEV servicing and testing to servicing and MOT’ing a car: you have your car serviced regularly to keep it in tip-top shape, and then you get your MOT carried out to certify that it is safe to run.
So, if serving a LEV system isn’t a legal requirement, why do people do it and why do most LEV engineers recommend it?
To identify and fix any issues
When a LEV service is carried out, all components are checked. This provides many opportunities for problems to be identified and repaired before they turn into bigger and more expensive issues.
To prevent inconvenient breakdowns
If your LEV system breaks down, legally your employees cannot work due to health and safety as they will be exposed to contaminants that your LEV system usually protects them from. We all know downtime like this can be critical.
Having your LEV system serviced regularly identifies and replaces malfunctioning parts, reducing the risk of an inconvenient breakdown.
To make the parts last longer
We are all aware of the knock-on effect broken parts have on the rest of the system. If one part starts playing up, it puts more pressure on the rest of the system or causes other parts to break too. Having your system serviced on a regular basis provides an opportunity for an engineer to identify any weakened or broken parts and replace them, preventing any further and lasting damage to other parts of the system.
To increase the chance of passing an examination
Although it’s not guaranteed, a well serviced LEV system is more likely to pass an examination than one that hasn’t been serviced. This all is thanks to the system and its parts being well maintained and replaced when needed, which prevents further issues from arising.
If you would like to arrange for your LEV system to be serviced, then please get in touch with our friendly engineers today.