10/1/18 – Most Common Causes of UPS Failures
Below are the causes with more detail behind them.
- Batteries, the most common reason a UPS fails. And unfortunately, it can take only 1 battery to cause a failure. If 1 battery in a string of batteries dies, because the batteries are daisy changed together, this 1 battery will cause the whole string to fail. So when the UPS is needed it will find no battery power to use, causing a failure or loss of power to the equipment. Frustrating, we know, but we see it happen all the time. This is why it’s so important to have annual or semi-annual preventative maintenance (PM) visits scheduled for your UPS.
- Fans, a seemingly minor part to a UPS, but that’s not the case. Most UPS’s have multiple fans in them and if one or more fail the UPS can as well. When a fan(s) ceases to work this can cause the UPS to overheat and power down. Fans should last anywhere from 7-10 years, but depending on the how frequently they are used this can vary. This can vary based on the temperature of the environment the UPS operates in. Please make sure the temperature is no higher than 77°F, but ideally around the 72°F mark.
- Capacitors, an integral part to the UPS, as it smooths and filters the voltage spikes. If these are to fail in the UPS, the UPS will no longer be able to perform it’s function and will power down. These should also last about 7-10 years, but it will vary from system to system. The biggest factor on the capacitors is the temperature of the room the UPS sits in. With the temperature being higher than recommended, the lifespan of the capacitors shrinks greatly.
- Circuit boards, Contactors & Sensors, all internal and vital parts of the UPS. All of these are affected greatly by the temperature of the environment the UPS is in. Along with the temperature, dust and tiny debris can cause these pieces to fail. It is vital that the UPS is cleaned regularly and scanned by an thermal imaging gun when serviced.
Preventative Maintenance (PM) visits do not guarantee the findings of potential issues, but they do increase the chances tremendously. Most of the issues can be caught ahead of time and re-mediated before they cause actual UPS failure. This is why it’s so important to have annual or semi-annual PM’s scheduled.
9/10/18 – Now offering TrippLite’s NEW SUT & SV Models
Recently TrippLite has launched the release of their new UPS models, the SUT and SV series.
The SUT series is a non modular UPS with a Unity Power Factor! Although the unit is not modular, it is capable of being paralleled with another system to create redundancy. With internal batteries, this unit has a very small footprint, perfect for the congested data center or small closet. The SUT is available in 20kVA, 30kVA, 40kVA & 60kVA sizes.
The SV series is TrippLite’s new modular system, replacing the SU series. This sleek designed unit has hot swap power AND battery modules! The unit is rated with a .9 Power Factor and has the ability to scale from 20kVA to 140kVA N+1. This unit is perfect for the ever growing business, with the ability to add power modules there’s no need to worry about investing in a bigger system if more power is needed. To top it all off the SV series offers an internal maintenance bypass, eliminating the need to power down the unit during maintenance/service visits.
Call today to learn more and ask for a quote!