Can your business afford to lose $100,000 or more per hour?
It’s a critical question to contemplate, considering that’s the average price tag for a single hour of downtime, according to ITIC. Even worse, the research firm reveals that the cost of a 60-minute outage continues to escalate, skyrocketing upwards of 25 percent since 2008. Although many organizations have wisely invested in a power protection solution to safeguard equipment and processes against unexpected downtime, a large percentage fail to understand the risks of not replacing UPS batteries every 5 years.
While downtime costs are dependent on many factors — including the specific industry, company revenue, duration of the outage, time of day, and the business’ reliance on data transactions — oftentimes, the most damaging effects cannot be measured in dollars. An organization’s reputation and brand name are irreparable — and just not worth the expense of improper planning or skimping on protection. This is especially true when you consider that the cost of proactively replacing your UPS batteries is just a fraction of the amount you stand to lose if those batteries fail and take your critical load down with them.
While preventive maintenance dramatically reduces downtime and extends battery life, UPS batteries nonetheless have an average lifespan of 3 to 5 years under recommended conditions. As a general rule, large UPS units tend to operate for 15 or 20 years, while smaller models usually last 10 or more. Therefore, if your batteries are approaching the end of their useful life, and your UPS still has years of operation remaining, replacing the batteries makes sense from a return on investment (ROI) standpoint.
Replacing a string of batteries within a large UPS, or the internal battery in a smaller model, costs significantly less than investing in a new UPS. The proactive approach is also considerably less than the unfavorable and pricey consequences of unexpected downtime.
Another benefit to replacing UPS batteries every 5 years is optimized financial planning. Organizations can allocate CAPEX funds for replacement batteries as opposed to waiting for eventual failure — and the potentially devastating results that may accompany that scenario.
Further enhancing ROI is the fact that pure lead batteries now include a full five-year warranty. In the event of a defect, you will be covered for parts and possibly even labor, depending on your service provider. Because batteries are a UPS’s most essential component, your service plan should include a rigorous battery maintenance plan that features regular inspection, cleaning and testing, as well as prompt replacement of defective batteries as needed.
It’s well understood that the battery in a UPS is the most vulnerable part of the system and a leading cause of load loss. Replacing UPS batteries every 5 years is a sound investment not only for your bottom line, but for maintaining continuous uptime, as well.
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