Updated: Dec 27, 2019
Inverters are complex electronic systems designed for domestic, office and/or factory use. The batteries that power them contain acid and metal parts that decompose with use. If they are used carelessly, they run the risk of being damaged prematurely, causing damage to the appliances that use them, not performing at all or performing with reduced efficiency. This will cause financial losses as well as losses in work time and anger and frustration. While the first port of call is the technicians and electricians to avoid electrocution, it is necessary for the direct users to know how best to take care of their inverters.
INSTALLATION AND STORAGE
Once the system is properly installed, subsequent maintenance is not difficult. Our team of engineers at SolarKobo, alongside manufacturers advise the following:
Electric parts are generally affected by heat, insist on having the inverter and battery installed in a well-ventilated enclosure, preferably away from the domestic areas of house.
Inverters of a certain power come with a cooling fan to regulate the temperature of the inverter. It is advised to not cover or limit the airflow around your inverter as this will prevent adequate cooling.
As a general rule, if your inverter has a fan for cooling, you should leave 12 inches clear around the unit.
Also, batteries form a major part of the inverter system. They often get heated up during use as well. It is advised that they are installed in airy places for cooling. As batteries have provisions for water to cool them, installing them in well-ventilated places reduces the frequency of the water-topping procedure.
The area in front of the installation space should be reserved as work space and not used for storage of any kind. Operators should be able to walk up to the inverter equipment without any obstruction.
Have clear instructions laminated and posted on the wall beside the installed system where in your absence, another operator, a friend or family member, may want to use the system.
All electronics are to be kept away from the reach of children.
Advisably, the inverter system if not mounted on the wall should be installed atop a metal rack. Solarkobo requires this as a standard installation procedure.
The batteries alongside the inverters are to be installed at places where children cannot reach them or where there is not much disruptive domestic activities.
The batteries should be installed properly and by professionals. Inverters in the market have high-grade battery protection technologies and are able to withstand short-circuiting, or misplacement of the batteries across terminals mostly by shutting down. But this does not remove the necessity for proper installation of the batteries.
INDICATORS, ALARMS AND DISPLAYS
Inverters have displays that show the state of the inverters or batteries. It is necessary that you are able to read, interpret and inform our engineers and technicians. Error messages, beep sounds, alarms and other displays are to be taken seriously and reported to an electrician.