UPS MAINTENANCE

Regular equipment testing should be part of a facility’s UPS maintenance schedule. Such a schedule will include the following elements:

Quarterly:

  • Visually inspect equipment for loose connections, burned insulation or any other signs of wear.
  • Visually check for liquid contamination from batteries and capacitors.
  • Clean and vacuum UPS equipment enclosures.
  • Check HVAC equipment and performance related to temperature and humidity.

Annually:

  • Conduct thermal scans on electrical connections to ensure all are tight and not generating heat, which is the first and sometimes only indication of a problem. A non-evasive diagnostic tool helps technicians identify hot spots invisible to the human eye. Technicians will retorque if thermal scan provides evidence of a loose connection.
  • Provide a complete operational test of the system, including a monitored battery-rundown test to determine if any battery strings or cells are near the end of their usefulvlives.
  • Test UPS transfer switches, circuit breakers and maintenance bypasses.

DATA CENTER MONITORING

Monitoring Units 

  • Water
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Fire
  • Air-conditioning units
  • Biometrics – Access into rooms
  • Power Management
  • Electrical / UPS
  • Generators

AIR CONDITIONING/COOLING

  • Verify temp and humidity levels as well as proper airflow (electronic monitoring/logging/alerting is a plus here) in multiple spots in the room, not just at the thermostat
  • Have filters changed on a schedule
  • Have an a/c tech perform scheduled maintenance per OEM recommendations
  • make sure your cold/hot aisles are still designed properly as equipment comes and goes
  • keep a log of maintenance along with any issues/notes for future reference

ELECTRICAL

  • Have an electrician verify proper input/output/load/grounding
  • IF APPLICABLE, schedule (and actually conduct) building power failover tests to both UPS battery and generator
  • Have a site power analysis that checks for the soundness of the wiring, the quality of the AC voltage, and source of any power disturbances

FIRE SUPRESSION

  • Have the fire suppression system tested per code requirements
  • Instruct anyone with access to the room on how the fire suppression works as well as how to operate any handheld fire suppression equipment (this should be done more than once)

ACCESS CONTROL

  • Verify who has access to the room and adjust accordingly (proximity card or other electronic access methods are preferred over simple keys)
  • Verify doors close properly and have a tight seal to keep the room pressure correct (especially important with fire suppression)
  • Run scheduled reports (if possible) on room access

CLEANUP, LABLING & VISUAL INDICATORS

  • Do a visual walkthrough of the room (best done with more than one person), looking for things out of place. Using 6S methods, clean up the room. Put things in their proper place (tools, logbooks, documents, dvd/cds, tapes, loose equipment, etc.)
  • Trash – never leave trash in a data center, empty it frequently. Boxes, extra/spare equipment, etc. should be kept in a separate room if possible or in a locked storage cabinet within the room.
  • Contaminants – avoid eating/drinking in the data center. Contaminants such as bugs, hair, skin, dust, etc. will happen, so dry “Swiffering” or similar is recommended on a weekly basis. Do not use a wet mop.
  • Labelling – keep labels up to date, concise, and understandable (to more than just you). Label EVERYTHING that makes sense to have a label. Equipment, cabling, outlets, A/C, etc. should be labelled with useful labels and verified that they are correct and up to date.
  • Visual Indicators – Alert lighting/LEDs, Alarm panels, Visual check logs, etc. should be easily viewable and up to date. LEDs/panels should be checked constantly, don’t rely on software monitoring to be accurate/timely.
  • FLOORING/WALLS/CEILING/LADDER-RACKS – check to make sure these are in good physical shape. Raised floor tiles should be checked to make sure the sub floor is sound and the tiles themselves are in proper condition with the right supports beneath. Walls and ceilings should be checked for any cracking/holes that could cause issues if not dealt with. Ladder racks should be inspected for safety.
  • NEATNESS – Make sure equipment, cabling, etc. is neat and orderly.

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