At times when there is a lack of power, you cannot just stop your lives. Electricity has become a necessity and there are ways around the blackouts. You can either have a generator or an inverter in your home or office. Generators are usually expensive and are a reason for a lot of noise pollution too. This is why people usually prefer inverters. It helps them to save on the expenses of the fuel as well as prevent unnecessary pollution as well.
The problem arises when the inverter starts to face issues that cause the inverter to malfunction. When there is no electricity and your appliance is not working properly either, you miss out on your work, entertainment, and basic necessities like lights and fans as well.
Some of the issues are common that can be fixed by you, while some are quite complex and needs to be fixed by a licensed technician. Here are some of the common inverter problems and the ways that you can fix them:
1- Inverter Not Turning On
This is one of the most common issues that people face with their inverters. It is usually because of one of the following reasons:
- Tripped inverter,
- Disconnected batteries,
- Loose battery terminals,
- Weak battery,
- Discharged battery, or
- Reversed battery terminals.
In case the inverter has tripped, you have to press the reset button on the inverter and it should get the device started. In case of a weak or discharged battery, you will have to replace the battery or charge it. You can check the terminals to see if they are connected properly.
If the inverter is old and constantly having issues, you might have to consider replacing the inverter altogether. You should also check for corrosion and clean any rust that might be present around the terminals.
2- Battery Not Charging
This is another of the more common issues that inverters face. The reason behind this issue could be as simple as a dead battery, in which case you should replace the battery at the earliest. Another reason behind the battery not charging could be that the rectifiers could be burnt, the fuses could be melted, or the battery connections could be loose. In each of these other cases, you should either hire a technician or check the terminals for corrosion or loose connections.
3- Alarm Beeping Continuously
Many households and offices have reported that the alarm on their inverters keeps beeping continuously and causes quite a lot of disturbance. It could be due to one of two reasons. The cooling fan of the inverter could be stuck or the inverter may be overloaded. In case of the latter, simply unplug some of the appliances from the inverter power and wait for the load on the inverter to reduce.
In case the cooling fan of the inverter gets stuck, the inverter will not be able to function properly and will shut down automatically, causing the alarm to go off. At such times, you should call up a technician and either get the fan fixed or replace the cooling fan altogether.
4- False Codes Displayed on the Power LCD of the Inverter
Many people have faced a problem with their inverters where the LCD screen on their inverters starts to show false error codes. When this happens, it usually means that there is some internal issue that is causing a malfunction within the internal circuit, or there is an external issue that requires immediate attention.
If the issue is external, it can be resolved by checking for loose connections, the battery cables, the output wires, the input wires, or the amount of load on the circuit, etc. In case the problem is internal, you will have to visit the nearest service provider and get the issue fixed. The malfunction could lie in the circuit that might be facing high resistance or some other electronic issue.
5- Excessive Noise From The Inverter
Every inverter makes the same wind noise which is quite normal. However, when the noise exceeds the normal levels, it becomes a matter of concern. In a situation when this happens, you should check for the dust levels on the cooling fan. It may need cleaning that is advised to be done by professionals. In case of a damaged fan, you will have to replace the part in order to get your inverter working again properly.
6- Reduced Backup Time
The boon of the inverter is the backup electricity that it provides when there is a power outage. However, the purpose of the inverter is defeated when the backup time is so short that you are not able to complete all your tasks. There are many reasons that could cause such a problem. Prime examples of this could be that the inverter is already overloaded, the battery could be weakened, or the battery could have lost electrolyte.
In case there is an overload, you should remove some of the appliances from the output. In cases where the battery is weakened or has lost its electrolyte, top up the distilled water on a regular basis. Keep in mind that the water level should be somewhere between the maximum and minimum limit.
7- Power Inverter Working In Inverter Mode Only
When this problem comes up, you should check if the input cable is connected properly and that the fuses are not melted. You should also check the power cable to see if it is connected properly. If the fuse has melted, you should immediately replace the fuse with a new one so that your inverter can start working in its normal mode.
In rare cases, the input protector can become effective which can cause this problem. When this happens, you have to reset the input protector so that your inverter can start working properly. Try installing a stabilizer to prevent the triggering of the input protector.
These are the most common problems that the owners of the inverters face. Understanding the problem is the start of fixing the problem. In case you fail to comprehend the problem, simply call the technician and get assistance.