For many companies, we get caught up in the cost of a UPS system purchase and installation. However, the real cost for most UPS systems happens after the unit is installed. We’ve covered the lifecycle of a UPS before, but it is worth repeating. The main driving factors in the cost of a UPS system include the efficiency of the unit, battery replacements and the ongoing cost of maintenance agreements.
Caution! Winter weather is fast approaching, which for many of us, means making sure our vehicles are prepared to drive in unfavorable weather conditions. Just like you have your vehicle set up for routine maintenance, it’s especially important for your Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) as well. When dealing with critical power equipment, winter maintenance is key for making sure your generator systems are in top working order, and prepared for power outages. To keep your facility online and running smoothly this winter, here is what to watch out for during your UPS’ routine maintenance inspection.
Quality, reliable power is crucial for running your business, and right now it’s even more important than ever. As COVID-19 surged, organizations shifted their workspaces from the office to employees’ homes, and other remote locations, increasing the demand for power reliability that is more dispersed than ever. During this time, we’ve received numerous questions from customers regarding the future of the workplace environment, and although things remain uncertain right now, we know that power reliability to support remote partners is critical to helping your business be successful. Here are some of the actions we are taking to provide the best support possible for you during the pandemic.
Batteries: The Heart of Your UPS System
If you think of your UPS as the “nervous system” of your back-up power management set-up, the batteries of your UPS are the “heart” of that system. And there are several types of batteries that can make up the heart of that system.
But all batteries (no matter which ones you choose) will decrease in ability to store and deliver power over time. Even if you follow all guidelines for their storage, maintenance and usage, UPS batteries will need to be replaced on a schedule to optimize their performance.
We are all familiar with going to the doctor to get a check up on our health. At the end of our visit, we typically receive a summary of what the doctor discussed with us, any tests they did, and recommendations they have for us related to those test results. A field service report (FSR) for your UPS system maintenance is similar to a health check for the unit, giving information on the condition and reliability of the UPS. Most UPS field service reports should include the unit information and location, a job description of what is being inspected, what actions were performed and their results, and the recommendations as the result of the job. In the coming weeks, we will break down a UPS service report and cover some of the main items that you should look for.
Now that we have a better idea of our UPS battery options from our previous article, we can take a look at these options individually in more depth. We will start with the most popular option currently, the VRLA UPS battery.
VRLA, or Valve Regulated Lead Acid UPS batteries, are also sometimes called “maintenance free” batteries. This term is a misnomer, as VRLA batteries still require cleaning and regular functional testing. The term “maintenance free” comes from the fact that you are not able to add fluid to the battery. The term “valve regulated “means these batteries limit the inflow and outflow of gas to the cell.
In a standard UPS configuration, VRLA batteries are typically set up in internal or external strings that can range from 1 to 40 batteries, depending on the application they are being used for. You may also see either single or multiple strings running in parallel to each other.
VRLA batteries are the most popular UPS battery type currently. Why the popularity? There are four easy reasons: Read more
You are feeling good about your negotiations with your new service provider. The discussions about your equipment have been excellent, and your rep really seems to understand your needs. You have a service contract in hand and are ready to sign.
Before you put pen to paper sealing the deal, it is very important to review your service contract carefully before moving ahead. While you think you know what your costs will be for services, you need to beware of potential “hidden costs” that can trip you up and cause headaches in the future. Here are some things to look out for when you are doing that review: Read more
When we install a new UPS system, we often are asked the question, “How long will my UPS system last?” While this may seem like a simple question, the answer is not always as clear.
For some facilities, selecting the manufacturer’s service team as your UPS service provider might make sense, but for most facility managers, power solutions extend beyond just the UPS unit. Consider these three reasons why going with the manufacturer might not be the right move. Read more