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If a manager decides to defer needed repairs or replacement, what is the impact of continued failures? In some instances, there is the potential for environmental issues or violations. Safety and health also need to be considered. This includes service disruption, staff comfort, and systems, as well. The criticality to the overall facility of this equipment has a significant impact on the decision-making process.
What costs should we consider? It is important to realize that maintenance costs are only one part of the costs we should consider. Best-practice maintenance organizations consider the total cost of ownership when evaluating options. Focusing exclusively on the direct cost will lead to less-than-optimal results. In the case of motors, for example, direct costs include: