Modular inverters sometimes make a better buy than industrial power inverters because of their rigid design. Modular inverters are designed for easy installation in most places, making them convenient to use where required.
The design also makes it so much easier to conduct its scheduled maintenance regimen. In addition to regular maintenance, these valuable tips can help maximize your modular inverter lifespan.
1. Buying the right sized inverter
Buying the right-sized inverter goes a long way at maximizing its lifespan. So make sure you buy an inverter that meets your power requirements. Look for a unit with a load rating that meets or exceeds the potential electricity load it carries.
If you don’t do this, you end up buying an inverter that gets overworked due to your power load. It, in turn, leads to the premature failure of the inverter.
2. Stick to the inverter manufacturer’s maintenance plan
Each modular inverter has a unique maintenance scheme that you will find in the user manual. You must follow the maintenance plan to the smallest detail. This way, you know that there’s no fear or worry about insufficient maintenance standing in the course of the inverter’s lifespan.
3. Clean using suitable cleaning solvents
Once again, refer to the user’s manual to know what type of cleaning solvent to use for cleaning purposes. It generally has to be something that has no flashpoint, no corrosive chemicals, and evaporates quickly.
4. Keep track of temperatures.
Make it a habit to monitor the inverter’s temperature levels. You need to do it even if your inverter has a fan to keep it cool. It’s because the inverter may start radiating unusually high temperatures with time.
Pretty soon, there’s a risk of the internal thermostat leading to the device shutting down. And if this happens, you end up with stressed metal parts and consequent failure.
5. Nip problems in the bud
Any problem should be repaired and nipped in the bud.
Not doing so only leads to potential future multiple, expensive repairs. There is also the risk of the defective part triggering additional problems. And instead of repairs, you may end up having to buy a new modular inverter!
6. Take good care of the inverter battery.
The battery is the heart of any inverter. Taking good care of it ensures it serves you for a longer time. And the best way to keep your inverter battery well maintained is by:
a) Replacing faulty batteries
There is a chance of the modular inverter battery getting damaged or developing faults with time. Do not make the mistake of continuing to use these batteries.
Stop using them.
A faulty battery may only end up damaging the inverter or even lead to an explosion. Instead of taking the risk, replace the battery.
b) Discharging idle batteries
Suppose there was no power outage, and you haven’t used your inverter for some time. In this case, don’t leave fully charged batteries idle in the inverter. Make a habit of discharging the batteries at least once a month.
c) Keeping battery terminals well-maintained
It’s essential that your modular inverter battery terminals are well-maintained at all times and do not get rusty or corroded. Rusty and corroded terminals only restrict or stop the battery’s electricity flow. It, in turn, harms the battery performance and may eventually spoil the inverter.
Applying a mixture of hot water and baking soda to the battery terminals helps prevent rust and corrosion. Or alternatively oiling the parts with petroleum jelly prevents rusting.
These six tips go a long way in prolonging your inverter’s lifespan. Try them, and your inverter will serve you for a longer time.