The inverter is perhaps the most common appliance used by households in India today. In this current situation where most appliances run on electricity and using a generator is messy, cumbersome and totally harmful to the environment, a good inverter is absolutely convenient.
Given such common use of the inverter, learning about the common problems one faces and the ways to fix them can be advantageous. So, here are some common problems people face when using an inverter and how to fix them:
If the inverter does not start
One of the most common problems people experience when using an inverter for their home is sometimes it won’t start.
Finding a solution to this problem isn’t hard but can be a bit time taking. Incidentally, there are many reasons why you might not be able to switch it on, some of which have been listed below. To find a solution, you might have to check each and every one of their issues and ultimately find a solution through trial and error:
#1: Problem with the power switch
One of the main reasons for the inverter not turning on might not be a problem with the inverter itself; it can be because of a problem with the power source. A defective power switch can be the reason why your inverter isn’t turning on.
The first step to fix the problem is to determine whether this is the cause of the problem.
For this you have to remove the power connection of the inverter and plug in some other electrical appliance; in case the other device to isn’t working then you can determine that the problem is with the power switch and get it repaired. In case the other appliance works fine, then the problem is with the inverter itself.
#2: Problem with the battery
The battery is the main component of the inverter and is what makes it work. Hence, any problem with the battery automatically results in preventing the inverter from starting up. There can be a number of different problems with the battery, such as:
Another common reason why the inverter might not be starting up is tripping. Power fluctuations or too much power, more than that which can be handled by the device, to be more specific is the main reason for the inverter to trip.
This is a preventive measure, and too much electricity automatically causes tripping, which results in a lack of power to the device, and this might be the reason why your inverter is not starting. Generally, most inverters have a trip reset button pressing/flipping which the inverter automatically starts up as usual again.
Thus, these are some of the reasons why the inverter might not be starting and what can be done in such a situation. If your inverter doesn’t start even after following through these tips, you will have to consult the company for a solution.
If the battery does not charge
Another common problem that users face when using an inverter is the battery, not charging. Generally, the principle on which the inverter works is that it charges its battery when there is the power which is then used in the incidence of power-cut.
So, if a battery isn’t charging when there is power, it won’t work during power-cuts. The reason for the battery not charging is some sort of defect either in the battery or the battery connection. Some of the possible causes and solutions to this problem include:
If the alarm goes off continuously
Most inverters come with an alarm to indicate that there is a problem with the inverter so that users can take action immediately and ensure the safety of the inverter and the household appliances that run on inverter power.
Generally, the constant beeping of the alarm isn’t a normal occurrence, and one must take it seriously. There are two main reasons for the continuous beeping of the alarm:
If the Inverter is Not Providing as Much Backup as Before
Sometimes we observe that the power backup of the inverter isn’t as long as expected. This can happen suddenly or over a long time. Not enough power backup totally defeats the purpose of an inverter, and hence, a solution is essential. The reasons for this problem and the best solutions are:
Most people would experience increased noise levels when the inverter is running during a power cut or when it is charging after a power cut. This is quite common and isn’t a cause for concern. But in case the noise levels are too loud then you might have a problem on your hand.
The main reason for too much noise can be the cooling fan; too much dust and dirt accumulation can result in high noise levels, but sometimes it can also mean a problem with the cooling fan itself. Whatever the reason, if you think the noise level is too high, it is better to consult a mechanic and get the cooling fan checked.