Modular inverters are designed to offer more flexibility than standard inverters that have rigid design parameters, which prevent them from being installed in certain spaces and can make scheduled maintenance more time consuming. The latter factor, equipment maintenance, is what we focus on in this entry, providing helpful tips for maximizing the lifespan of industrial modular inverters.
1. Match an Inverter With the Application
The most important aspect of maximizing lifespan is choosing an inverter whose specifications meet the requirements of the application. For example, an inverter’s load rating should meet or exceed the electricity load it will carry; otherwise, the equipment can be overworked and fail prematurely. If in doubt about whether an inverter fits the application, contact Exeltech.
2. Follow the OEM’s Maintenance Plan
Part of the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) reputation is based on the hardiness and longevity of its equipment. Consequently, it has every reason to provide you with an effective maintenance plan. When you follow the plan down to the smallest detail, you ensure that insufficient maintenance doesn’t stand in the way of your inverter fulfilling its lifespan.
3. Select the Right Cleaning Solvent
Part of the maintenance plan may involve cleaning the inverter with a solvent. If so, focus on choosing a solvent that has the following qualities, which are highly useful for cleaning electrical equipment: aerosol, fast evaporation, no flashpoint, no chemicals that corrode metals in the inverter, and dielectric formulation (especially if the inverter will be cleaned while in use).
4. Monitor Temperature of Operating Environment
Your inverter may have a fan that helps keep it cool, but the fan can’t battle an operating environment that radiates unusually high temperatures. Eventually, the internal thermostat will trigger the device to shut down instead of incurring additional heat exposure. If this happens repeatedly, metal parts can develop internal “stresses” that predispose them to fail.
5. Make Repairs as Quickly as Possible
A single inverter repair can turn into multiple repairs if you don’t act quickly enough, and the defective part causes additional problems. With any kind of complex electrical equipment, putting off making a single repair can lead to many more, increasing repair cost exponentially. If this happens, buying a new inverter may actually be the most cost effective option.
About Our Company
Exeltech is a provider of industrial grade modular inverters and other inverter models, with over 25 years of experience in the industry. We supply an array of stock models and produce custom models, as well. For information about selecting, installing, and/or maintaining our modular inverters, please call us today at (800) 886-4683, or send us an email through our contact form.