Power inverters typically last for several years before they need to be replaced, which is a good thing. However, due to the relatively long lifespan of a power inverter, some end users become so accustomed to using the product that they fail to ascertain when a replacement — as opposed to repairing the existing product — is truly necessary. If you operate a power inverter that experiences any of the situations below, chances are that replacing it would be the best option.
Cracked Equipment Housing
Depending on the environment in which an inverter operates, its outer shell may play an important role in its functionality. If heavy impact cracks the housing that encases the equipment’s sensitive components, you may be able to affordably replace the part. However, for the sake of reliability, replacing the inverter with one that has a tougher shell is the best option.
Burnout From Increased Load
If the load an inverter supports increases, so should its load rating if it is not rated to carry the new load. Inverter burnout from increased load almost always happens accidentally, with the end user forgetting to check the equipment’s load rating when the load increases. To say nothing of the damage caused, the inverter should be replaced with one that has a higher load rating.
Corroded Electrical Contacts
Corroded electrical contacts are an insidious problem that often occurs as a result of an operating environment that contains a high level of moisture or airborne contaminants. If an inverter experiences internal parts corrosion, upgrading to an inverter that could withstand the corrosive element, such as an inverter with a Level 3 NEBS certificate, is the ideal choice.
Broken Internal Thermostat
Well-designed inverters contain an internal thermostat that makes them automatically power off if the temperature of the equipment reaches a level that could cause parts damage. Unfortunately, a broken thermostat is often only detected after the equipment overheats and suffers internal damage. When this occurs, replacing the inverter is typically less expensive than repairing it.
Contact Us Today
If you use a power inverter that experiences any of the situations above, replacing the equipment is likely to be the best option. To find out for sure, contact the inverter specialists at Exeltech. If repairing your inverter makes more sense than replacing it, we will tell you this upfront. We will also tell you straightaway if replacing the equipment is the best option. For help making an educated decision, call us today at (800) 886-4683, or use our contact form.