UPS Maintenance – 5 Reasons They Should Be Maintained

Just like any electrical and electronic device or equipment, all types of UPS needs regular maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s specification and guidelines. On the other hand, a UPS can fail even when it is well maintained, especially if placed in a harsh environment condition.

As technology advances, more and more businesses are relying on power supplies, and power failure is an absolute disaster which companies work to avoid. That is because it is not only creating inconveniences but also creates a loss in both money and time. However, with a proper UPS maintenance programme, it creates peace of mind knowing the UPS will protect equipment in the event when it is needed.

1. Prevents Loss of Data

Sensitive loads like confidential and even personal information held at records bureaus and data centres often end up being damaged when there is a damaging sag or lag in the power supply. However, with regular maintenance, the UPS will always provide instant power through instantaneous switchover from the mains to UPS power.

2. Optimises Battery Health

The VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries operate in ‘Float Mode’, the moment they are used in UPS systems. The term Float Mode simply means a continuous battery charge to maintain a full charge. Therefore, in the event when the UPS needs battery backup due to infrequent long cycles or frequent short cycles, the battery will discharge power.

It is important to note that many discharges reduce the life span of the battery. Remember, they are designed as standby batteries and therefore, cycling them many times will weaken them.

A majority of product manufacturers recommend inspecting the battery after every 6 – 12 months, to ensure the battery is in good working order. Battery inspection must include a load test and impedance to get a full report of its health.

3. Preventing Failure-Induced Downtime

It does not matter if the UPS is supporting bank computers or machines in a product line; loss of power may result in thousands of pounds’ ion lost revenues because of downtime. As such, when a UPS system goes offline and fails to switch over, it could compromise the equipment. With a proper UPS maintenance, the risk of this happening is at the lowest.

4. Guarantees Optimum UPS Efficiency

To have a guarantee the UPS is running at maximum efficiency over a period of time, several components in the UPS must be maintained like capacitors; following manufacturer’s recommendation. To maximise efficiency, the UPS must be placed in a dry, clean, and tidy area while checking and recording all indicators and alarms.

A well-thought-out maintenance programme should accommodate the servicing of the batteries, UPS itself, its installation significant parts, and generator if there is any. At the same time, a full inspection must be conducted to ensure everything is in good working order and accurate as well. This includes taking meter readings, verification, remote monitoring, checking indicator lamps and verifying accuracy.

5. Emergency Repairs

Even well-maintained UPS sometimes fail, due to an unforeseen circumstance. As such, that is why it is wise to have an emergency call-out service available. Of course, UPS maintenance and repair services vary at different levels. This means that price and response will differ. Nevertheless, 24/7 support is always available all that is needed is a telephone call. A professional will arrive after calling, and the call-out can be negotiated. Likewise, the level of stock holding can be conferred and negotiated to come up with an understanding that will benefit both parties.