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3 Steps to Installing a UPS System Properly

Organizations rely more heavily on reliable power systems than ever before. Selecting and installing a UPS system is a project that can be costly, but also carries significant risks if improperly installed. In order to avoid those risks, we have provided the three must-do steps to installing a UPS system properly.

1. Choosing the Right Company:

There are several factors to consider when it comes to commissioning a new UPS unit. However, the most important decision you can make is partnering with a true consultative resource that makes a concerted effort to guide you through the entire decision making process.

The process isn’t simply the procurement of a new piece of equipment, it is the installation of a specialized system that must be integrated seamlessly along with your specific needs and expectations.  A thorough and extensive plan on the front end should lead to a smooth installation, startup and life-cycle of your new UPS unit.

2. Deciding Which UPS is Right for You

What type of UPS do you need? When considering an installation project, we look at the following factors when advising which UPS is right for you:

What loads will the UPS be protecting? What is the ultimate goal and mission for your new UPS unit? 

How stable is your utility provider?

What does downtime mean to you?

3. Installing the UPS System


Before the installing occurs, an extensive Site Survey may need to be performed. It is imperative to select the best location and design for your UPS system prior to install. Make sure to see our location guide for further details. Once that is complete, put together a plan to install, startup and educate necessary employees on different aspects of the system.

Organizations today are more dynamic than ever. Scalable, modular systems may help your organization control power capacity and cost based on growth in your load demand. However, a more robust, single module system may be better for your load profile. The experts at QPS can help guide you through this decision!


Once the UPS system has been selected, the real work begins. Proper project management and commissioning is key to a successful installation. During a new or replacement project, ensuring that all the appropriate stakeholders are involved is crucial. Schedule a pre-project kickoff meeting to understand what department might be affected by the work. Once this is established, work with your QPS project manager to discuss some of the following items:

Lastly, one of the most important pieces of commissioning is to test your critical power system. To do this, simulate a power outage under controlled circumstances. Make sure you have complete faith in the system and that the installation functions properly. Each project should have a commissioning plan, so talk with your team and make sure you understand the requirements needed for your specific equipment.


Most UPS systems come with a limited factory warranty, however most warranties do not include routine PM inspections. It is imperative to have a plan for service during warranty and once that warranty expires. Similar to a car’s engine, a UPS system needs regular maintenance at regular intervals. Proper preventative maintenance along with replacing batteries, capacitors and fans is a crucial step to protecting your investment.

QPS is Here to Help

Juggling all of these factors and decisions may seem overwhelming, but it is very important that every aspect is considered. Don’t worry, the experts at QPS are here to help! We are available to act as a resource to guide you through this entire process. We can play as large or small of a role as you like; from UPS procurement, to full turnkey solutions; we are here for your support. You can count on us!