Your solar inverter is one of the most critical components of your solar system, so it’s important to identify and fix the issue as quickly as possible. But what do you do when it isn’t working? In this article, we uncover the four tips to implement when your inverter isn’t working, so you can get back to enjoying the benefits of solar energy in no time.
- Check the display
When your solar inverter isn’t working, the first step is always to check the display. Found at the front of the inverter, the display provides valuable information like error messages and warnings that will help you determine what is wrong with your inverter.
If no error messages are showing, take note of what information is displayed. Does it provide any other clues? We recommend taking a photo of the display to show a solar electrician if needed.
- Check your solar panels
Your solar inverter performance depends on how much direct sunlight your solar panels are exposed to. Cloud cover, dirt, grime, and dust often explain why your inverter hasn’t worked well lately.
Regular cleaning and checking of your solar panels are important. This will ensure no obstacles are preventing them from receiving the maximum exposure to the sun.
- Reboot the Inverter
The good old technology advice of ‘turn it off and then on again’ can also work with your solar inverter. Solar inverters are similar to computers and may require a reboot now and again.
The shutdown procedure should be found on your inverter or meter box. Always remember to disconnect the AC supply before the DC supply. To restart your inverter, carefully reverse this process. We recommend waiting for a few minutes before turning it back on again. If this works, fantastic! You shouldn’t have to do anything more.
- Contact your solar expert
If none of the above tips worked, it’s time to contact Solar Uptime or call us on 1300 007 707, and we’ll get one of our experienced solar technicians to come out and check it for you. They can then identify your problem and take the necessary steps to repair the fault or organise a replacement inverter for you to restore your solar system.
Note: Before you call, make sure you’ve taken note of any error messages or warnings, as well as the model and serial number of your inverter. This information will help us determine the problem more quickly and accurately.
Prevention is Better than Cure – Solar Uptime Can Help
Remember that prevention is always better than cure. Once your inverter is fixed, take the necessary steps to prevent future issues. This includes:
- Scheduling regular solar maintenance checks
- Keeping an eye on the display
- Reporting strange readings to your solar expert
This can help you avoid costly repairs and ensure that you enjoy the benefits of solar power without any interruption.