Though some of us in the UK have been enjoying working from home and the flexibility that this has entailed, many of us have been itching to get back into the office for a more structured approach, the related social aspects and the space in which to work. Flexible working hours and working from home is nothing new – in fact – approximately 1.7 million people in the UK reported that they worked mainly from home in 2019, compared to 884,000 working from home in 2008. However, since COVID-19 sent us all into lockdown, it’s thought that around 44% of working adults (14.2 million of us) have converted our living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens into home offices. The staff at Dale Power Solutions have continued to follow the government’s guidelines profusely, ensuring that safety measures are put in place and adhered to. But this got us thinking. With electricity usage having seen surges and plummets throughout lockdown, what impact has this had on businesses across the UK, and the usability of their critical power supply equipment? What electricity issues may businesses be facing, and what power problems should they be made aware of? If you’ve been having the same thoughts, then in this blog, we intend to answer those questions and provide solutions that can aid business practices. And should you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team on 0330 999 3000 who will be happy to answer any and all questions.
Electricity Issues You May Be Facing
When it comes to your uninterruptible power supply, there are a number of issues you may now be facing due to the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown. These electricity issues include:
- Your UPS battery/UPS batteries may have expired during lockdown, and may be in need of battery replacement. As the UPS battery provides short term power in the event of power failure, it’s a critical component in your UPS power supply system.
- Heat or an unexpected temperature rise in your office or onsite has affected UPS performance, due to the ambient temperatures needed for efficient running.
- The addition of new team members/extra demand on the critical load has weakened the UPS power supply system’s capabilities.
- Your building has suffered from moisture seepage, which has caused corrosion and rust on your electric box, and has impacted your critical power source.
- The service line connecting your business to its power source, or your power site to your customers, have become damaged, affecting the power supply into and out of your business. This often happens because the cables are loose, lacking clamps, completely damaged or may not be insulated.
These are all relatively serious electrical problems that must be dealt with quickly and effectively, by a trusted power supply company, to reduce downtime and ensure that your business operations are fully-operational as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Nine Power Problems
It’s not just the above electrical issues that you may have to deal with. There are nine power problems renowned throughout the power industry. These power problems include:
- Power Failure: Also known as a blackout, this complete interruption of the electrical supply can be sparked by a variety of sources including utility equipment failures, storms, objects striking lines or poles, fire and human error. Equipment damage and data loss are common consequences.
- Power Sag: This sudden drop in the normal voltage level often results in serious equipment malfunctions and is typically caused by faults on the transmission or distribution network, connection of heavy loads or start-up of large motors.
- Power Surge: These very fast voltage variations are triggered by lightning, line or capacitor switching and disconnection of heavy loads. They destroy electronic components and lead to data processing errors, data loss and electromagnetic interference.
- Undervoltage: Also known as a ‘’brownout’’, this voltage drop typically lasts from a few minutes to a few hours and is usually caused by overdemand or intentional “throttling” of electricity during peak demand. It can ruin computers and other electronic devices.
- Overvoltage: Data loss, flickering of screens, and equipment damage are among the consequences of these momentary voltage increases generally caused by starting/stopping of heavy loads, poorly dimensioned power sources, and poorly regulated transformers.
- Line Noise: Electromagnetic interference or improper grounding most often produce these superimposed high frequency signals on the waveform, resulting in disturbances to sensitive electronic equipment, data loss and data processing errors.
- Frequency Variation: The loss of stability in a power supply’s normal frequency of 50 Hz or 60 Hz most often results from heavily loaded generators. The problem can cause motors to run faster or slower, leading to inefficiency, excess heat and degradation.
- Switching Transient: These momentary changes in voltage or current that can damage equipment stem from lightning, switching of loads and capacitor banks, opening and closing of disconnects on energised lines, re-closure operations and tap changing on transformers.
- Harmonic Distortion: This distortion of the normal power wave is generally transmitted by unequal loads and can result in resonance, overload, and overheating of cables and equipment, among other problems.
Critical Power Supply Products & Services
If you’ve found that your electricity supply or power source is in need of repair or replacement, then we here at Dale Power Solutions can help. With a superb range of critical power supply equipment available, – including UPS systems and generators – not to mention our UPS maintenance contracts and generator maintenance contracts, we have everything you need to get your business back up and running again. With spare parts to boot, you’re guaranteed a power supply partner like no other.
Aiding market sectors as varied as healthcare, telecommunications, transport and data centres, as well as manufacturing, police services, finance and the government, we have sector-specific UPS power supply systems and generators, and can help you to find the right fit based on your business needs. For example, for the transport industry, we can source, supply, install and maintain PADS Approved UPS systems, also known as Severe Environment UPS or Rugged UPS. If you’re in need of specialist generators, that’s no bother. From heavy range generators and silent range generators through to industrial range generators, medium voltage generators and hybrid generators, we offer them all. We can recommend the most suitable generator based on your power requirements, so that power problems such as power failure, power sag and undervoltage can be suitably prepared for and mitigated.
When it comes to UPS maintenance and generator maintenance, our preventive and predictive maintenance ensures a proactive approach is always taken, and that life after lockdown is easier. Featuring call outs, visits, minor fault fixes and maintenance information reports, as well as condition-based consumable changes and end of life UPS swap out should you choose the Platinum contract, at Dale Power Solutions, we’ve got you covered. With a vast collection of UPS spare parts and generator spare parts always in stock, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that should you ever be in need of a key component, we’ll be able to provide you with it as quickly as possible.
Concerned about the power problems mentioned above? In dire need of a new UPS power supply system or generator? To learn more about our power supply range and our related services, please contact us today on 0330 999 3000. We help businesses across the UK, in areas including London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and with a team of 100+ strong technical experts, we’re never too far away to help resolve any power issues. We encourage you to get in touch with us to have a chat about your business requirements and to see just how we can help to meet them.