A solar inverter converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into alternating 240V current (AC). This AC electricity then can be fed into your home to operate your appliances. It is one of the most important elements of the solar electric power system and thus, requires to be properly taken care of to avoid being damaged prematurely, causing damage to the appliances that use them, not performing at all or performing with reduced efficiency.
A well-maintained inverter should have the same performance level even after months of using it. To enjoy a long service life from your inverter, the following practices are key
Adequate ventilation: Inverters consist of complex electronic circuitry and battery that heat up when in operation. Therefore, it is necessary to install the inverter in a properly ventilated area away from obstructions.
Keep the inverter away from Kids: The inverter has to be installed at a place where it remains away from the reach of children and elder people.
Always observe the indicators and display: Inverters have indicators and displays that give information on the state of the inverter or batteries. It is necessary that you are able to read, interpret and inform our engineers and technicians of any error messages, beep sounds, alarms and other displays for proper attention.
Use your inverter battery regularly to maintain the quality of the electrolytes. Even if there is no power cut, it is necessary to discharge and recharge the battery once every month. This will help to keep the battery life healthy.
The inverter battery must be properly maintained: the terminals must be kept rust free, the vents must be kept dust free and the water level must be monitored. Use only distilled water to top up the water level.
Cable Inspection: Finally, you must also take care of the cable connecting the inverter to the battery, and further to the fuses and meter box. If any of the cable is found damaged, you must get it replaced in time to avoid any mishap.