So you have bought new industrial power inverters and decided to install them yourself instead of calling professionals. You assume it won’t be a problem because you are used to doing all your own installations. Unfortunately, it’s only when you switch them on that you realize that you have done something wrong.
The industrial power inverter isn’t working as it should!
You assume that there’s something wrong with the units, and that sending them back to the inverter manufacturers is the best thing to do. However, it’s always better to first recheck and ensure you’ve installed it properly before sending it back.
It’s because according to most inverter manufacturers, more than 80% of the returned faulty inverters don’t usually have any problems at all!
In fact, they claim that the leading cause for faulty industrial power inverters is usually an incorrect installation.
This is where this troubleshooting guide should help you out. Go through it to check and find out if you’ve correctly installed the inverter in the first place!
Set settings to factory defaults
Start by first setting the industrial power inverters to its factory default settings. Doing it lets the inverter work in different environments. Of course, you may not want to retain this setting all the time.
However the default setting helps test your installation. You can anyway, restore the settings to your original requirements once you locate the fault!
Disconnect AC loads
It is worth disconnecting the inverters’ AC loads because it helps you find out if the problem is a faulty installation or something else. Similarly, disconnecting and reconnecting the battery helps reboot the inverter’s processor.
Reconnect your AC loads
Next try reconnecting the loads one by one if you find everything else seems to be working fine.
Study your inverter’s input DC voltage
Remembers, inverters don’t produce energy. They are devices built to convert the energy stored in its battery. That’s why it is important that the voltage remains within the inverter’s DC voltage range for its proper functioning.
It helps you eliminate the battery’s ineffective circuit’s being the cause for your faulty inverter.
If in case you notice that the voltage does fluctuate, then you will have to find out its cause. Ascertaining and resolving the cause may resolve your faulty inverter problem. If not, you have to continue with your checks.
Check all of the connections
It is better to give all connections a check. It’s because sometimes a loose connection is all that’s needed for the inverter to not work properly. Though it may take some time, it’s worth the time and effort!
It’s also better to check connections with a quality volt-meter to ensure you have perfect loads and connections. It saves time and the unnecessary hassles of returning the unit to the inverter manufacturers.
Like always, safety should be your top priority while handling any electrical equipment.
Always switch off the main power before you start testing. It’s also better to use one hand if you have to do some wiring work. Keep the other hand in a pocket to prevent any possible contact with the grounded work surface. It also prevents the electrical current from flowing through your heart.
It’s however; always better to leave wiring work to qualified electricians. It’s better than attempting to do it yourself, especially if you aren’t qualified.
Remember, inverters do provide power in emergencies. However, they work at their best only if they are installed and used correctly. You may feel that you can save time doing your installation.
However it is not advisable, especially if you don’t have the qualifications to do so.
Having the professionals like your Exeltech technicians install your industrial power inverters saves time. They know how to fit correctly, and even select inverters to keep your industrial equipment working continuously, when you need them the most!