Do you know for a fact that your facility’s battery backup system is working? Unless you perform regular testing and maintenance, your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) may already be dead. Facilities install UPS systems to prevent costly downtime and its effects from damaging their business—but without regular testing and maintenance, the backup system may fail when it’s needed most.
UPS BATTERY TESTING SERVICES
Along with maximizing equipment life, the main goal of any preventative maintenance program is maximizing the uptime based on organizational needs.
So, like all other components in your data facilities, your UPS’ batteries, should be tested for fitness.
Regular battery testing alerts users when corrective action needs to be taken. Also, battery manufacturers require, at a minimum, initial testing of batteries after installation to ensure they were installed properly AND an annual inspection to maintain warranty claims.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, ANS performs battery testing and provides results to our customers to determine the health of their batteries. As engineers we work with customers as consultants, not just as installers or sales people. We’ll bring all possible solutions up for review – even if it means we do not earn your business right now. Customers can always count on ANS to always do what’s in their best interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Batteries are connected to the power plant and will power equipment if a location loses commercial AC. If the location has a generator, the batteries will operate the DC powered equipment until the generator starts and can provide power. However, if there is no generator, the batteries power the equipment until commercial AC is restored or until the batteries exhaust their capacity.
Regular battery testing allows customers to better understand the health of their batteries, so they function when they are needed to provide reserve power in case of commercial AC failure. Testing information establishes a life history of the battery and informs the users if and when corrective action needs to be taken. Battery manufacturers require, at a minimum, initial testing of batteries after installation to ensure they were installed properly and require an annual inspection to maintain warranty claims.
Regular battery maintenance is required by battery manufacturers for warranty claims, and they require submittal of (at a minimum) annual battery testing and reports on battery claims. These reports include voltage testing, ambient temperature of the battery room and specific gravity readings (if flooded batteries).
Additionally regular testing of batteries will give a good picture of the health of the batteries and just like a person’s health, early identification of a problem usually has the best overall benefits to correct the problem. Finding out batteries do not have the capacity to provide sufficient reserve power in time of need, is essential to keeping the equipment operating, customers happy and revenue production.
Regular battery testing will allow the owner to know how well the batteries will provide power when needed, and allow long-term financial planning/budgeting for replacements. All batteries have a finite life and will need to be replaced at some point, but doing regular testing allows you to plan your expected replacements.
Yes, and down time is very costly. A customer’s down time (when their equipment is down), is based on their end users, who are not able to use their equipment, phones or data devices. The dollar value is determined by the average per customer times the amount of “time” they are unable to use their device. We have heard one Central Office with high traffic said they would lose as much as 6 million dollars per hour. The other factors, besides monetary value are government regulations and severe government fines (for instance if 9-1-1 services are down), as well as customer perception and loss of customers.