Like most electrical equipment, data centre cooling systems, backup generators, and uninterruptible power supplies require routine preventative maintenance to obtain the maximum availability and reliability level. Don’t forget that your back generator and UPS system are specially designed to protect your vital IT equipment and ensure your critical systems’ maximum availability. So, failure induced downtime that may easily be avoided is undesirable for any institution. Your standby power system is just as powerful as its weakest link. Regardless of how well made and built your equipment might be, the internal components and parts will ultimately begin to display wear and tear signs and will require replacement. In general, a backup generator could malfunction because of a lack of fuel, a loose wire connection, or a degraded starter battery. Many users already know about ups battery disposal and replacement but usually overlook the need to replace filters, fans, and capacitors before the end of their desired service life. Routine preventative maintenance visits are the best way to identify early signs of degradation to essential components before they malfunction and schedule replacements before they bring downtime. But how do you determine what level of cover you require?
Planned Preventative Maintenance VisitsEach maintenance and service plan should incorporate several scheduled/ planned preventative maintenance visits. In most cases, these planned/ scheduled visits will be performed during regular working hours, but there is also an option for out-of-hour upgrades. As a general rule, the least number of recommended PPMV’s yearly is:
- Uninterruptible Power Supply: One visit
- Cooling System: One minor and one major visit
- Backup Generator: One minor and one major visit.