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When to Replace a UPS System

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.

A UPS unit is a sensitive piece of technology that contains batteries, capacitors, circuit boards and other components that are sensitive to heat and environmental factors like moisture, dust and debris as well as electrical disruptions and transients. If your UPS unit is your line of defense against load failure and utility outages, it is important to understand when to repair, run UPS maintenance or replace your system. Our advice is to take a few minutes to understand your equipment and budget and plan for the life of your system.

  1. What is my current load profile?
  2. What is the environment this unit will be installed in?
  3. Will my current load increase/decrease in the next 5 – 10 years?
  4. Is energy efficiency important?
  5. What are my uptime requirements?

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UPS Lifecycle

Proper design and routine maintenance are critical for UPS systems and batteries. A good service provider should help you understand your system, and point out areas for improvement. Taking time to review your critical power system and partnering with a knowledgeable service provider can help keep your facility online and stress free.