Know the ways Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) extends the life of power backup systems

Did you ever thought or explored how to extract full life of your power backup system that the manufacturer claims it will last? There are multiple factors that actually cut into the lifespan of the systems and significantly reduces its life. Based on our interactions with a number of users, we have come across the following factors that seem to control the life of your equipment

Any power backup systems will be consisting of myriad of components like capacitors, power devices, electronic small signal components, batteries. Just have a look inside a panel any time at your convenience, you will find these components and subsystems being mounted and laid out in manner that may make you appreciate its complexities and also its vulnerabilities. Failure of any one of them can surely upset your plan of things and most importantly, your business process. And many a times, it can also give you a uncomfortable sense of insecurity.

Without effective periodic maintenance, these systems can be vulnerable and may start giving you unscheduled nightmares. Yearly routine maintenance can surely help you to avoid such instances and give you a priceless peace of mind with a sense of much coveted security.

Ways a Preventative Maintenance make a difference to equipment life


  • Battery Failures

    The number one cause for UPS or DC systems failure and loss of power is due to sudden battery failure. Fortunately, battery failure can almost always be predicted by having your batteries inspected at least twice per year. The no of inspection in a year should increase with the age of the batteries.

    Preventative maintenance includes visual inspection, thermal image scans and comprehensive testing with state-of-the-art battery analysers to check impedance, AC ripple and other tests to determine the health of your battery system. One can also do a discharge test and check the battery voltage stability to determine the condition of the batteries in no time. Even checking the battery charging systems can prevent unscheduled battery failures due to sustained under charging of batteries on account of incorrect charging voltage.

    If the preventive inspection & tests show any irregularities, it can help determine if your battery string is failing or perhaps has an open cell or short.  Then this also help to plan a scheduled battery replacement, thus help avoid failures of battery banks.

  • Identifies potential points of failure

    In addition to your UPS or DC systems batteries, many other internal components are also prone to failure. During a Preventative Maintenance, a trained technician will investigate and test these internal components, including:

    •   Fans
    • AC and DC Capacitors
    • UPS & DC Systems Internal Connections
    •   Filters
    • Power Supplies
    •  Contactors
  • Identifies poor environmental conditions

    A poorly designed or maintained electrical infrastructure can cost your facility thousands of rupees in wasted energy every year. That’s why mission-critical facilities should be constructed in a way that the walls, floor, doors and ceiling, are hermetically sealed. And a well ventilated, clean or air-conditioned site is provided for this purpose.

    Not all facilities are that lucky, though. Often, we see dirty or caustic environments and exposure to the external dust elements. Many industrial sites are full of coal dusts and other conducting particles that start depositing inside the systems.

    A maintenance provider should also be a solutions provider, identifying inefficiently operating equipment, dangerous or poor environmental conditions, and offering appropriate recommendations for your facility and application.

    A periodic cleaning of the system and the installed site can enhance uptime drastically and reduce downtime with its consequential monetary losses considerably. Sometimes, it can add significantly to the bottom-line of the organisation.

  • Ensures generator functions properly

    Although most generators are designed as a secondary source of power, they must be properly maintained to function when needed.

    Similar to an automobile, a generator’s engine depends on a battery, which requires maintenance to ensure optimal performance. The most common cause of a generator system failure is battery failure, which once again stems from little or no maintenance and often age.

    Maintenance testing also ensures the generator is properly sized, configured, and maintained to support the power systems, AC and mission-critical infrastructure. While this is not part of a power system maintenance inspection, it is critical that your facility maintains the infrastructure supporting your critical loads.

  • Ensures faster downtime response

    Unfortunately, no matter what the level of preventive maintenance, power outages can and do happen. If your power system experiences a sudden power outage, it is the time to respond to the failure will be the essence to save you from disastrous consequences. That’s where it is essential to have an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) with the provider that is familiar with your equipment and facility, who can respond to your emergencies with urgency and confidence. Having a solutions provider on your side is crucial in getting your operations back online and minimizing disruption.