Defib cabinet maintenance costs

Posted on 16 June 2020

So how much does it cost to look after my defib and cabinet?

This is a question we get asked on a regular basis, and it really is dependent on the cabinet you choose and where it is placed.

Ongoing costs

heated cabinet

Our heated cabinets contain an internal automatic LED strip light which is activated when the door opens as well as a 150W fan assisted, thermostatically (temperature) and hydrostatically (moisture) controlled heating element.  The cost of heating a Turtle cabinet is between £1 and £2 a month – not a huge outlay – but do make sure there is an electricity supply nearby.

Unheated cabinet

This is the initial outlay of buying a cabinet and a defibrillator, along with the periodic costs below.


Periodic costs

Servicing your cabinet

We strongly recommend you service your cabinet every 2 years to ensure it is operating correctly.  As part of our service offering, we will check the defib batteries and pads and provide you with a full service report.

Defibrillator replacement batteries

The defib batteries should last 5-7 years depending on the model of defibrillator – so you need to make sure that these are in good working order each year.  Dependent on the defibrillator you have, these can cost between £50 and £150 to replace.

Replacement defibrillator pads

You will need to replace the pads if the defibrillator has been used, or just before they expire – pads have a date stamped on them so you know when they will expire.  Most pads have a lifespan of between 2 and 3 years, dependent on which model defibrillator you have purchased.

Replacement thermostat

Some of our older cabinets utilise a fixed thermostat, which is the small red box on the side of the heater which may require replacement overtime. We now supply a variable thermostat to replace this. This allows you to set the temperature inside the cabinet – which we recommend is set at a minimum of 12 degrees – link here