In order to remain in peak operating performance, your Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) needs to be maintained in case of any unplanned outages. As the loss of business-critical systems can be devastating, facility managers must perform regular maintenance to avoid any possible threat from outages or voltage drop.
The UPS is the main connection between utility or generator power that’s supplying all the critical equipment (computers, data communication systems, servers) that cannot withstand an outage. They’re like the middleman. They are designed to provide constant power to the critical systems during momentary power outages, surges or voltage sag. It can take up to 10 or more seconds for the standby generators to start and this is not the time to find out there is a problem with them. So it’s a backup to the backup power supply. Performing regular maintenance (weekly, quarterly, semi-annual or annually) can extend the life of the UPS system for over 25 years.
These are the suggested maintenance tips, either by the customer or a qualified UPS or battery technician:
- Visual inspection of the space surrounding the UPS and battery systems for any debris, or blockages to the airflow
- Verify the cooling system is performing continuously in the UPS and battery area
- Check for any alarms or warnings
Quarterly (performed by a certified technician):
- Perform battery voltage and conductance readings for every battery
- Visual inspection of the battery systems and make any adjustments
- Replace batteries as needed
Semi-annually (performed by a certified technician):
- A thermal scan of accessible UPS & battery distribution system
- Visual inspection of accessible electrical and mechanical components of the UPS system
- Measure, adjust and record the electrical parameters
Annually (performed by a certified technician):
- Place the system in maintenance bypass mode
- Visual inspection of the electrical and mechanical components (that isn’t accessible when the system is online during the semi-annual check)
- Measure, adjust and record all electrical parameters (that isn’t accessible when the system is online during the semi-annual check)
Emergency (during a UPS, battery or generator failure):
- Do not restore to normal operations without speaking with a certified UPS service provider
Performing regular maintenance on the UPS and battery systems will prevent any potential issues caused by power interruption.
For more product information and service on UPS and battery systems, please contact National Power at 1.800.790.1672, opt. 3