How UPS capacitor failure can creep up on a facility manager.

The Slow but Certain Threat: UPS Capacitor Failure

How to Detect and Avoid UPS Capacitor Failure

When a UPS suffers a capacitor failure, you may not initially notice, but that doesn’t mean the UPS hasn’t been compromised and that performance isn’t affected. In many cases, a capacitor failure will force your UPS system into bypass, leaving your critical loads unprotected. 

What is UPS capacitor failure? Before we delve into the details, let’s meet the capacitor, one of the most overlooked and misunderstood components of a UPS.

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How a Facility Assessment Reveals Four Key Points of Failure

How a Facility Assessment Reveals Four Key Points of Failure

Should any part of your mission-critical equipment fail, it could result in load loss, fires or worse. A facilities assessment will identify possible points of failure before they happen, helping you accurately assess the urgency of repairs to your upper management.

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You could be the leading threat to your own UPS

How You Could be the Leading Cause of UPS System Failure

Believe it or not, the biggest threat to your UPS system isn’t faulty equipment or your system’s internal components failing. It’s you, the operator. Take a look at how you, along with the other leading causes of UPS system failure, could be putting your facility at risk.

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When crisis strikes, you’ll be glad you have an External Maintenance Bypass

Why You Need an External Maintenance Bypass

Downtime Denied: How an External Maintenance Bypass Saves the Day

Suppose your UPS experiences a catastrophic failure or needs to be removed for maintenance. In that case, one piece of equipment is crucial, so you don’t drop your mission-critical load – an External Maintenance Bypass. Not only do you need to know why it’s essential, but also the correct procedure when switching to an external bypass.

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A key to keeping your UPS fully funcional is understanding its components

Why You Must Know the Four Components of a UPS System

Simply knowing what your UPS system does should be just the beginning of your UPS knowledge. Going a step further to learn the key components of a UPS will help you understand how it works, identify potential problems and help you avoid them. Read more

Power supply outages could be the result of squirrels and birds

Birds and Squirrels Cause 11% of Power Outages

Did you know that squirrels and birds cause 11% of the power supply outages annually? It’s true, and they’re not the only looming threat. With so much on the line, it’s important to protect your mission-critical equipment. Here’s how a comprehensive energy security plan can help.  Read more


Three Facility Monitoring Systems Essential for Uptime

You may not be aware of adverse conditions within your facility that threaten to take down your critical loads at any time. That’s why monitoring your data center’s equipment is vital. Here are three facility monitoring systems to improve your mission-critical system protection. (Note: This post was written by Gary Wells, a Senior Field Engineer for Quality Power Solutions.) Read more

Four Best Practices to Help Avoid Prison Power Failures

Four Ways to Lower Risk of Power Failure in High-Security Facilities

The recent headlines about power failures at prisons emphasized just how dependent high-security facilities are on emergency backup power. It’s why we follow these four best practices in facilities where safety depends on power for mission-critical systems. Read more

When an Energy Efficient UPS Isn’t As Efficient as You Think

When an Energy Efficient UPS Isn’t As Efficient as You Think

Did You Know a Highly Efficient UPS Can Help Cut Energy Costs? 

However, if you base a UPS’s efficiency solely on its energy efficiency rating, you’re making a huge mistake. UPS efficiency ratings are often misunderstood, which is why it’s essential you understand how they work before your next UPS purchase.

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UPS Maintenance is critical to avoid power failures for Surgical Centers & Hospitals

Down the Drain: A Surgical Facility’s UPS Downtime Disaster

How Scheduling Maintenance Checks Can Prevent UPS Downtime and Avoid Catastrophic Power Failures for Medical Centers & Hospitals The facility manager at a surgery center thought he had covered all his bases during recent renovation. But when the power suddenly went out, the surgical team was – of all things –  unable to wash their […]