Uninterruptible Power Supply: How Often to Service?

Uninterruptible Power Supply

An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides backup power during an outage so that essential computer equipment or other business-related electronics continue functioning. The UPS unit typically provides three primary functions: backup power, backup surge protection, and quick emergency power to critical components, such as server rooms, control rooms, computer labs, and printers.

Regular servicing to your UPS will give you confidence and peace of mind that your backup systems will work when they need to. Common questions regarding Uninterruptible Power Supplies are: why is it essential you service them regularly, and how often should they be serviced?

Why Should You Service Your Uninterruptible Power Supply Regularly?

Servicing your UPS is crucial because it will help identify any wear and tear on the equipment that could become a safety hazard if not attended to early enough. In addition, you want to have this serviced regularly because in the event of the unexpected, you do not want to find out the hard way your UPS does not work properly. If your systems go down without your UPS to back you up, you can lose important data or work and face a substantial halt in your business’s productivity until you’re back on.

By performing regular servicing, you can also ensure that your UPS can operate properly and is ready to perform its backup duties when needed. If your UPS does not function when you need it to, there will be significant consequences, including potential equipment damage or injury.

Regular servicing will also help with the following Uninterruptible Power Supply issues:

  • Catch any bad cells or other potential problems early
  • Extend the life of the batteries for better overall cost-effectiveness. The UPS has a battery inside that supports the load. If the UPS doesn’t have a fully charged battery or goes empty, the UPS can no longer supply enough power to sustain your equipment and data.
  • Anticipate the need to replace batteries. They are often long lead time items, so planning a replacement before failure prevents downtime.
  • Keep your battery warranty valid — manufacturers require regular servicing with detailed service records.

How Often Should I Have My Uninterruptible Power Supply Serviced?

One of the best things about Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) is that they last for many years. However, regular servicing to your UPS is also essential so it continues peak performance.

For most systems, CD & Power recommends an inspection and preventative maintenance quarterly on the batteries and semi-annually on UPS itself. For more information about our related services, please visit the following links: UPS Maintenance and Backup System.

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An Uninterruptible Power Supply is a critical component of your business’s infrastructure. Without one, you risk having to endure a significant amount of downtime. Regular and careful servicing of your UPS can help your systems function smoothly, even in unexpected power failures.

Following these tips and advice on how often you should service your Uninterruptible Power Supply will help you safely maintain your business’s operations and keep your business performing at its optimum level.

To learn more about our UPS service and maintenance plan at CD & Power, call us at 866-468-7697.

 

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