3 Tips for Maintaining a Solar Inverter
One of the most important parts of a solar power system is the inverter. This is what turns the energy received by the solar panels into power that can be used in your house. Most inverters will last for around 10 years but it largely depends on how well you maintain it. By practicing good maintenance of your inverter, you can extend its lifespan as long as possible. Here are some of the ways that you can extend the lifespan of a SMA grid tied inverter.
Keep Inverter Away from Direct Sunlight
Heat has the ability to lessen the lifespan of an inverter. This means that exposing the inverter to direct sunlight will have a negative impact on the time it lasts. A good way to extend the lifespan of your inverter is by keeping it cool. This will largely be impacted by where you keep your inverter stored. Two common places to store your inverter include the garage or the shaded side of the house where the sun won’t get to it. This will ensure that your inverter doesn’t get too hot and will continue to function properly for a several years to come.
Install a Waterproof Enclosure
An inverter can become damaged if it is exposed to water so you need to keep it dry at all times. If you keep your inverter located in your garage, you’ll be fine because it will be protected by a roof and walls. However, this isn’t always an option. If you keep your inverter on the side of your home, you’ll probably need it enclosed in a waterproof cage. Available at most electrical supply stores, this enclosure will ensure that your inverter remains dry and doesn’t suffer any damage by coming into contact with water.
Use Compatible Equipment
When an inverter is used within a solar power system, it needs to be connected with compatible equipment. If you attempt to produce more kilowatts than your inverter is designed to handle, it will become overloaded, leading to the destruction of the inverter. Before choosing an inverter for your system, make sure that it fits with the rest of the system. This will allow your inverter to work effectively for several years to come.
Caring for your solar power inverter is essential for the longevity of the inverter and of your solar power system. These are three primary ways to maintain your SMA grid tied inverter so it lasts as long as possible.