All businesses need an Uninterrupted Power Supply system to help protect their equipment and important data and all of these systems need UPS maintenance bypass switches. This bypass switch is a vital part of the system because it is required to perform routine service or emergency service on your system. Without it, you would have to interrupt the power leading to your equipment in order to do maintenance or to repair your system.
There are several reasons why your UPS system would need servicing. For example, you need to have your UPS system routinely serviced to ensure it is up to standards and functioning properly. You will also have to replace the battery from time to time and there are times when emergency services are necessary.
Here’s how UPS maintenance bypass switches work. They are designed to divert the power source directly to the PDU or load allowing it to bypass the UPS system altogether. By doing this, you can continue to do business as usual while your UPS system is being serviced. You won’t have to worry about downtime for any reason related to your UPS system.
There are two main types of UPS bypass switches associated with on-line UPS: the static switch and the maintenance bypass switch. The static switch is built-in and allows the UPS to fail safely to mains power should an overload or fault condition occur. A maintenance bypass switch can be built-in but an externally installed bypass is preferable to allow complete electrical isolation during a service and maintenance visit, and even full UPS disconnection and replacement – without disruption to the load.
When you hire a certified electrical contractor to install your UPS system, this is something that you can discuss with the technician before installation begins. They will know which maintenance bypass switch would be best suited for your system based on your equipment and the type of UPS system you have installed. Since this is a vital part of the system, you need to know what type of switch you have and how it works especially if you plan to perform routine maintenance yourself.