When you get any new UPS system installed on your industrial property, it would come with the manufacturer’s warranty. In fact, most manufacturers also mention what the expected lifespan of the equipment would be.
So can you really count on this timeframe estimate? Well not really. There are a number of variables that have a role to play when it comes to your UPS equipment’s lifespan. One of the best ways to increase the lifespan of your UPS System is to opt for preventive maintenance from a credible company.
Benefits of Preventive Maintenance
These regular checks can go a long way in uncovering weaknesses and potential problems, which can be fixed before they become aggravated. Let’s takes a closer look and how preventive maintenance helps extend the lifespan of your equipment:
#1 Minimize the Risk Of Battery Failure and Related Downtime
Battery failure is the topmost cause for the failure of a UPS System. The good news is that, it’s often possible to predict battery failure, by getting them inspected at least a couple of times a year. As part of preventative maintenance the experts will conduct:
- A visual inspection
- Comprehensive testing using battery analyzers
- Thermal imaging scans
- AC ripple tests
- Other tests
All of these tests are very helpful to determine the health of your UPS’ battery system. If any irregularities show up in the test results, the professionals would be able to determine whether the battery has a short, and open cell or whether a battery string is failing.
#2 Identify Potential Failure Points
Aside from UPS’ batteries, there are a number of other internal parts that are prone to failure. When you choose to get preventative maintenance inspection done, the different internal components the technician will test and investigate include:
- UPS Internal Connections
- Power Supplies
- AC & DC Capacitors
- Sticking/Welded Relays
- Air Filters and More
#3 Identify Poor Environmental Aspects
A poorly-structured or ill-maintained UPS’ system infrastructure can result in a large amount of wasted energy each year. This is why it is important to construct mission-critical facilities in a way that the floor, ceiling, walls, and doors are all hermetically sealed. Unfortunately, not all facilities are built this way.
Exposure to the elements, caustic and dirty environments can all have an impact on the functioning of your UPS’ System. A skilled maintenance provider will identify poor/dangerous environmental conditions and inefficiently operating equipment, offering the right recommendations for your applications and facility.
#4 Ensure That Your Generator Functions Properly
While generators are typically designed to provide secondary sources of power, they require regular maintenance in order to function properly when necessary. Most generators malfunction or stop working completely either due to age or poor maintenance.
Regular testing of these systems helps ensure that your generator is configured, sized and maintained to support or your mission-critical infrastructure and UPS System. While this isn’t always part and parcel of a standard UPS maintenance inspection plan, it always a good idea to maintain the infrastructure required to support the critical load on your property.
When you are hiring a UPS maintenance provider, make sure they are familiar with your specific equipment and facility. They should also be able to promptly respond to emergency calls as required.
If you want to know anything more about any of our products and services, don’t hesitate to contact us at KaRaTec Power Supply Pty. You can give us a call at 612 9808 1127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we will respond within the shortest possible time to help you with the guidance and information you need.
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