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The Importance of Regular UPS Service Checks

by Isaac Prakash November 13, 2023

Powering Consistency: The Indispensable Role Of Regular UPS Service Checks


Every organisation that relies heavily on consistent power to operate must safeguard their power backup reliability with consistent UPS service checks.


Routine maintenance prevents downtime, extends lifespan, and upholds unwavering efficiency in your UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems.


Whether you have a long-established UPS system installed, or you are in the process of introducing a brand-new system, we urge that you give this article a read. We’re going to highlight the indispensable role of regular UPS service checks.

Let’s get stuck in…

 

Introduction to UPS Service Checks


Let’s begin with a brief introduction to why UPS service checks are so important:


  • Defining the Need: UPS systems demand diligent maintenance for smooth operation. Regular service checks identify issues before they become unnecessary disruptions, thus ensuring continuous power delivery.
  • Stake at Hand: With critical data and operations dependent on them, even minor UPS failures can have disastrous consequences for your day-to-day operations. Proactive maintenance is key to power backup consistency.
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    Ensuring Uninterrupted Operation


    Here’s why ensuring uninterrupted operation should be a priority for every modern organisation:


  • Minimising Downtime: Routine checks spot component degradation, loose connections, and any other faults before they cause system shutdowns. This prevents the downtime and disruption of sudden failures. Prevention is the best tactic!
  • Financial and Operational Impact: An unexpected UPS breakdown can halt business operations, thus leading to potential injury and/or incurring major financial losses. Planned maintenance averts such scenarios and safeguards continuity.

  • Prolonging System Lifespan


    If you wish to avoid having to replace your UPS system more than is necessary, regular maintenance is an essentiality:


  • Wear and Tear: Like all equipment, UPS systems naturally degrade over time. Regular upkeep and component replacement prolong the lifespan of the UPS.
  • Preventive vs. Corrective Maintenance: Identifying issues early allows for planned repairs at minimum cost and operational impact. Reactive maintenance costs more and causes unexpected disruptions (e.g., should you replace your battery or the UPS system itself?)
  • Don’t wait for disaster to strike! Nip any potential problems in the bud as early as possible.

     

    Enhancing Efficiency and Performance


    A well-oiled UPS system will perform optimally:


  • Optimising Operations: Consistent maintenance keeps all UPS components functioning optimally, ensuring efficient and stable power delivery.
  • Safeguarding Power Quality: Routine checks verify power quality and continuity. This guarantees equipment connected to the UPS always receives clean, uninterrupted power (which is essential to ensure your organisation operates without any issues that are otherwise preventable).
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    Safeguarding Connected Equipment


    By keeping your UPS well-maintained you will also ensure that any connected devices are protected from potential harm:


  • Protecting Investments: A well-maintained, reliable UPS safeguards connected devices from all power anomalies that can otherwise damage your expensive equipment.
  • Preserving Data Integrity: By providing steady, conditioned power, a robust UPS prevents data loss or corruption that can occur due to power fluctuations.
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    Compliance and Safety Assurance


    Make sure that your organisation is operating above board at all times by following the appropriate safety and maintenance regulations:


  • Regulatory Adherence: Maintenance ensures UPS installations comply with all applicable codes and industry regulations. Non-compliance poses serious risks.
  • Ensuring Safety: Routine checks identify and eliminate potential electrical, fire, and operational hazards related to the UPS system.
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    Preventive Maintenance Elements


    Here’s a quick look at what preventative UPS maintenance typically involves:


  • Physical Inspection: Visual checks verify no physical damage, debris accumulation, or environmental issues impacting the UPS.
  • Battery Testing: Battery maintenance verifies capacity, integrity and ability to provide sufficient backup during power failures.
  • Functional Tests: Rigorous UPS testing under different voltage and load conditions validates seamless performance.
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    Constituting a Maintenance Schedule


    And of course, how often should you schedule maintenance for your UPS system?


  • Frequency Determination: Maintenance frequency depends on UPS usage and age. But biannual or quarterly checks are usually recommended.
  • Critical Points of Check: Batteries, wiring, breakers, alarms, ventilation and UPS unit diagnostics should be part of all service routines.
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    Documentation and Reporting


    For the best results, it is always worth keeping detailed and accurate records of your UPS systems’ maintenance:


  • Maintaining Logs: Detailed documentation provides insights into UPS health over time. Keeping accurate dated records is imperative.
  • Utilising Data: Analysing maintenance logs helps recognise patterns and predict future faults to proactively address them.
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    Engaging Professionals


    For the best results, we always recommend hiring professionals to accommodate your UPS maintenance needs. But why choose UPS Solutions as your chosen maintenance and commissioning expert?


  • Expert Involvement: Qualified technicians ensure comprehensive and compliant UPS servicing per manufacturer guidelines.
  • Certified Service: Opt for certified UPS maintenance professionals to uphold warranties and ensure qualified servicing.

  • Conclusion


    Upholding the reliability of UPS systems through regular maintenance is crucial for unhindered operations. Treating UPS checks as optional invites failures so don’t fall prey to the idea that you can get away with skipping this critical aspect. The fact is, robust service routines safeguard data and power continuity so it is entirely worth investing in proper maintenance and servicing.


    We hope that you’ve found this article helpful and wish you all the best with your UPS system. Should you have any further questions regarding maintenance and servicing, please feel free to contact us today and one of our friendly experts will gladly assist you.




    Isaac Prakash
    Isaac Prakash

    Author




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