So, you think that your newly installed device and equipment will last long?
Perhaps not! There are many things that can cut down an equipment’s lifespan and can break it. However, if you have an uninterrupted power supply (UPS ) installed, things can be changed.
These UPS service maintenance tips will ensure you that you don’t face power fluctuations:
Minimize The Downtime:
One of the most important causes of UPS breakdown is battery failure, so inspect the batteries at least twice per year and minimize the downtime. Start from visual inspections, thermal image scans, and comprehensive testing by using battery analyzers. Keep an eye on the battery’s impedance, AC ripple and perform another important test to ensure the health of UPS battery. If you see irregularities in the tests, you might need to change the batteries and you need to call an UPS service and maintenance professional.
Schedule Maintenance and Stick to the Routine:
Preventive UPS maintenance should not be something that you just get around, instead it should be regular maintenance activities. Be it annual, semiannual or what time it is; you should stick to that schedule. Also, keep a record of maintenance activities that are up for the schedule.
Keep a detailed record of everything like the kind of maintenance your battery needs and more. Also, keep an eye on the cleaning, repair, and replacement of components. You should also keep a record of the condition of the equipment/part. Make a checklist of things like inspecting batteries for corrosions, excessive torque and more. This checklist can help in the equipment replacement or unscheduled repairs if any.
Identify The Failure Points:
Apart from the UPS batteries, there are many other components that are susceptible to UPS battery failures. Some of this equipment are:
- UPS fans
- AC and DC capacitors
- Air filters
- Power supplies
- UPS Internal connections
- Sticking or welded relays
Poor Environmental Conditions:
A poorly designed electrical system and the shabby environment can cost you thousands. So, construct UPS environment in a way that the walls, doors, and ceilings are sealed and safe. Dirty, wet and filthy things are more prone to UPS breakages.
Ensure Generator Functions:
While generators are the secondary source of power, they should be maintained properly to maintain function. Similar to other automobile equipment, a generator’s engine also depend on a particular battery, which also need regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. Besides, maintenance testing also ensures that the generator is configured, sized and maintained to support the AC, UPS and other parts of the device.
Regularly Check The Batteries And Capacitors:
You should know that the UPS component will fail, so keep an eye on that too. Do check components like batteries, capacitors as they wear out swiftly. Even if the equipment offers perfect power and your UPS room is clean, and everything is running ideally, some components will still fail, so keep an eye on them too.
Keep them clean by wiping the area using a damped cloth. Clear out the dirt and corrosion. If there’s excessive corrosion, remove the battery cables and wash the terminals. You can use lubricants to was or can also use soda and water.
Inspect Exhaust System:
In case, if there are leaks along the exhaust line or at the points like gaskets and welds, get them repaired from a qualified professional.
Keep Diesel Generator Clean:
Issues like oil drips and lubricants are easy to spot when engines are clean. So thoroughly insect the generators to ensure that hoses and belts are in good condition. The more a generator is used, the more it needs to be taken care of.
No matter how secured and preventive the things are, power outages can hamper anything.