There are times when we are all looking to save a little money but don’t want to sacrifice on quality.  This dilemma is what surrounds many of us in our everyday lives including at work, especially in industrial settings.  In an industrial or commercial setting you aren’t only looking to save money on the parts to ensure the machines run efficiently but you are also looking for parts that are accessible and can be brought in quickly to reduce downtime.  This is where refurbished and reconditioned electrical components come into play.  Many times companies find original parts difficult to find for out of date machinery.

Purchasing reconditioned components allow older machines to run longer without the expense of replacement. The question is how does a service manager in an industrial setting go about finding a reputable company to purchase reconditioned electrical components from?  What should they look for when purchasing refurbished components and will the purchased part be as reliable as purchasing a new electrical component?

The first detail that you should examine when looking to develop a relationship with a supplier of refurbished components is what type of warranty is offered.  Never purchase a reconditioned part without a warranty.  Reputable suppliers will offer a warranty on their products.  Warranties differ from company to company.  Establish a relationship with an electrical component distributor and work out the details of your account.  One of these may be establishing a warranty specific to your needs. You will never know what can be contracted until you ask.

Check into the cost savings with refurbished components.  Check out the price of the reconditioned component verse the cost of a new electrical product.  The price of the refurbished electrical product will be lower than a new part. What you must decide is the price difference worth the associated risks of purchasing an electrical product that has been refurbished.

If you are still unsure about purchasing reconditioned electrical products consider talking with someone from the company to discuss their reconditioning process.  Understanding the process in which each product under goes as it is reconditioned may make you feel less timid to consider purchasing refurbished components.  It is crucial that the company fixes the initial defect and that the product functions as well as a new one will.  As a consumer you need to understand that the scuffs and dents that cover the outside are not an important part of the refurbishing process.  Ignore the outside and concern yourself with what is happening inside that will save you money and run your electrical equipment.

Saving money is one of the top priorities of any company.  Being smart about it is crucial to avoid losses from an unnecessary downtime.  One way this can be accomplished is by purchasing quality refurbished electrical products from a reputable reconditioning company.  Most electrical companies sell both new and refurbished electrical products to ensure that downtime is minimal for their customers.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.