Top Maintenance Tips for Uninterrupted Power Supply and its Batteries


Companies and top business modules in this world will definitely need some sort of effective maintenance plan to get continuous power supply from UPS that keep the equipments safe from deterioration and sudden failure. Rising costs of downtime and power failure are near to billions of dollars annually which has really crippled the economic organizations for which companies need to invest their time and precious efforts in preventive measures and maintenance of the UPS solutions and their batteries.

Common causes of UPS downtime – Preventable

You should always keep in mind that a major fraction of root causes for downtime are preventable and they should be tackled at ease and in advance.

  • Poor selection of UPS battery

  • Inadequate and improper maintenance procedure

  • Lack of perfect maintenance methodology

  • Human errors

  • Maintenance mistakes

There are some other causes which are non-preventable –

  • Cyber terror

  • Failure in service or supply chain

  • Equipment failure

Almost 70% cases of UPS downtime and failures have been reported due to human errors that often comprises of –

  • Defective parts

  • Poor batteries

  • Site errors (in both design and operations)

  • Wear out of parts

  • Technician service faults

Owing to above mentioned root causes of UPS failure and downtime error, companies will surely need an efficient, authentic, result-worthy and comprehensive maintenance plan on quarter and annual basis.

Top and highly recommended maintenance tips for UPS

Quarter maintenance tips

  • UPS system must be checked thoroughly under load in off peak hours.

  • Maintenance and battery testing should be done every 3 months for uninterrupted power supply.

  • Inspection of UPS system and solutions should be done so that you can easily find the common problems such as loose cables, burnt insulation and wear out UPS parts.

Annual maintenance tips

  • As per the manufacturer’s specifications, wire connections and busses should be checked properly so that shutting down ability of UPS remains intact.

  • Filters of UPS system must be checked and changed which will greatly depend on environment of use.

  • Infrared scanning of equipment also becomes essential for the UPS which will definitely inspect for loose wires, connection, damaged relays, overload breakers and other hot spots.

  • Trip failures during overloading conditions can be avoided by checking the quality and operations of circuit breakers on frequent basis.

  • Cleaning the chambers, enclosures and internal parts of your UPS through vacuum would be required every year so that dust accumulation can be eliminated.

  • Inspection and latest calibration of metering equipments for accurate current and voltage readings is suggested in commercial UPS equipments.

  • Rundown test for UPS batteries should be done to avoid any power obstruction and runtime.

Companies should further ensure that humidity and temperature of the enclosures inside equipment are correct so that failures due to faulty maintenance bypasses, circuit breakers and transfer switches can be easily avoided in the future.

UPS Battery maintenance tips

Batteries are the most essential part of any UPS which should be thoroughly checked and preventive measures should be taken accordingly.

Check your battery regularly for –

  • Water levels

  • Discharging status

  • Voltage readings

  • Faulty or loose connections

  • Excessive or over discharging

  • Capacitors

  • Standby and cycle uses


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