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3 Things That Make Inverters Fail & How to Prevent Them

After making a significant investment in an industrial grade true sine wave inverter, the company or organization that made the purchase expects the equipment to have a useful lifespan of several years. However, due to some types of extenuating circumstances, the expectation can be dashed soon after the inverter is installed.

Lots of things could potentially take an inverter out of action for a few days, if not require you to replace the equipment with yet another true sine wave inverter. Below, we look three of the biggest threats to an inverter’s longevity, and what you can do to avoid these problems, and keep your inverter in great condition.

1. Burnout From Overload

Because every inverter has a load rating — and because it’s easy for an electrician to determine the wattage of the environment an inverter will serve — burn out from electrical overload can be prevented easily. However, to economize on buying an inverter, some companies buy a model that isn’t rated to carry the high electrical load it must support.

This can result in the equipment being overworked, and cause it fail in the short-term. Here, the solution is obvious: Purchase an inverter whose load rating is sufficient to support the load.

2. Power Wire Burnout

The power wire that ties a true sine wave inverter to the electrical system can burn through due to too much current flowing through the wire. When you implement a new inverter that carries a heavier load than the previous inverter, don’t overlook the potential need to install a thicker wire that distributes electrical current more evenly. The greatest risks with power wire burnout are uncontrolled fires and significant downtime while the wire is replaced.

3. Airborne Contamination

Airborne contaminants are highly common in industrial work environments, especially manufacturing environments, where a high density of airborne particulate matter and chemicals can be present daily. Because the contaminants can kill an inverter by collecting on its inner components, the best course of action is to invest in a Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) inverter that has Level 3 certification, which protects against airborne contaminants.

Need a True Sine Wave Inverter?

If so, the inverter specialists at Exeltech can help you choose the best equipment for your needs. If one of our stock model products doesn’t meet your requirements, we can create a custom true sine wave inverter whose characteristics are ideal for your operating environment. To inquire about our inverters and equipment product certifications, please call us today at (800) 886-4683, or fill out the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!