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Contingency Planning

Business is going great. You’re meeting production, education, or financial goals for the month. Then it happens. Your 25-year-old HVAC system refuses to turn on the next day in the middle of an Ohio valley winter, and it looks like your climate control system is as dead as your moment of being on track for the month. So the rushing begins to find someone, anyone who can come in and get you back up and running as soon as possible. In your rush to get business going again, you could end up spending much more than necessary had there been a contingency plan in place.

Contingency Planning to the Rescue

A contingency plan is worth having in place so you are prepared if ever equipment failure strikes. Think of it in the way you might think of car insurance. When unfortunate circumstances strike, you sure are glad it’s there.


But what is a contingency plan? It’s the process by which you assess the risks to your business systems and develop strategies to mitigate these risks and overcome them if they occur. This is extremely important and valuable, especially to manufacturing businesses, and can prevent major financial loss.


Scenarios to Consider

The Emergency - Your facility suffered an equipment failure, and now you have to bring in an asset to maintain a critical process while the failed unit is repaired. In many cases, this is the most expensive type of rental situation, because it is an emergency – a process is down and dollars are being lost at an enormous rate. The customer usually accepts any cost to get the process back in operation as quickly as possible, including costs most folks never consider, like overtime. Too many businesses do not have contingency planning in place for this scenario.


The Non-Emergency - Rentals are not just for emergencies. Often, facilities need to rent HVAC, power generation, and distribution equipment to help them expand their capacity to meet seasonal or temporary needs. A unit can be brought in to augment the capacity of the plant when production dictates a need. These types of installations are usually planned in advance, can be considered routine (unless they have an unusual supply demand), and could be budgeted. A contingency plan should be in place for both expected upswings in business or for “what if business upswings” time periods.


Routine Maintenance - A facility asset requires routine maintenance that will take the unit offline for several weeks or longer during which a temporary unit can be brought in to keep a process operational. These installations are usually planned in advance and budgeted.

How to Make a Contingency Plan

First, your facility needs an evaluation of the cooling, heating and power systems to identify potential sources of failure. The next step is developing a blueprint to show where the connections are made, where the equipment goes, and how to get it there.


Each situation is unique and should be evaluated based on its own merits and financial performance. Planning will also help in facing any obstacles that need to be addressed such as powering the equipment or installation issues such as asbestos that needs to be removed prior to hookup.

If you have a critical application, making these provisions for your system before the need arises saves time and can reduce costs for future rental needs. With a contingency plan, you gain control and peace of mind knowing that your facility can withstand any equipment failure, and you’ll be back up and running in no time at the lowest possible cost.

We Know Contingency Planning

No one wants to think about a major piece of equipment failing and slowing business down or affecting the comfort of building occupants. By planning ahead and addressing maintenance needs on a systematic, scheduled basis, you can save significantly and virtually eliminate unplanned downtime.


Harshaw Trane (www.harshawtrane.com) is a professional services company specializing in sustainable energy efficiencies. The company is committed to providing the safest, most energy- and cost-efficient technology possible in manners that businesses and communities can afford.


Harshaw Trane creates and sustains high performing, efficient, and secure facility environments. An intelligent building technology and energy services provider, the company employs 280 highly-trained associates including Certified Energy Managers and LEED® Accredited Professionals, is an ENERGY STAR Product and Services Provider, and is a founding member of the Kentucky Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Harshaw Trane is headquartered in Louisville and has offices in Lexington and Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.



Air Cooled Chillers

Ideal when speed, ease of installation and reliability are your primary concerns

  • Equipped to provide quick restoration of cooling in emergency and planned shutdown situations

  • Applied in industrial and commercial markets to provide cooling for both process and comfort applications

Water Cooled Chillers

Modified to install easily to provide fast temporary backup or added capacity

  • Larger tonnage in a smaller footprint

  • Ideal for large process and comfort cooling applications that require higher efficiency equipment

  • Weatherized for outdoor use

Cooling Towers

Rent our cooling towers as standalone units or paired when water applications are needed.

  • Provide the cooling for water-cooled chillers and can be used directly in some process cooling applications

  • Temporarily replace a tower that has gone down

  • Useful for processing and manufacturing applications

Portable AC Units

Portable AC units can do more than just cool– they can also dry wet areas and protect equipment from water and humidity.

  • Maintenance-free operation

  • Totally self-contained

  • No costly installation necessary


Whether you need to power one of our temporary cooling solutions or just need additional power, Trane has temporary power ranging from 36 kW to 1.5 MW.

  • Cam-type electrical connections

  • Forklift compatible

  • Larger units can be set up in parallel to provide addition power solutions

Compressed Air Units

With ISO Class 0 Certified rotary screw oil-free air compressors from Ingersoll Rand, Trane Rental Services can supply the pure air required for critical environments

  • Available for planned or emergency shutdowns

  • Professionally maintained for optimum performance

  • Components available to dry and filter compressed air

Case Studies

A hospital in Western Kentucky had a unit diagnosed with a pending failure that required the immediate shutdown of the system. A Harshaw Trane contingency plan was activated to install a rental chiller while the failed unit was repaired. The rental was installed and running within 24 hours because the necessary hookups were already in place due to the contingency plan. The rental was necessary to maintain cooling in the hospital during the summer.

Two rental chillers were installed at a local sporting facility to augment the existing capacity in the event there was a failure of the customer’s equipment.

A hospital in Bowling Green had a unit that experienced a catastrophic failure in the Spring and a rental chiller was installed to maintain cooling capacity for the Summer while the failed chiller was replaced.


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