Actually, there were times generators were the only source of electricity backup. With each advancement in technology came inverters which are good alternative sources. It is only convenient to install, but the inverter battery also works as a backup for almost all appliances in the house including the air conditioner. Just like every other appliance in your home, the invertors’ maintenance is also necessary, but the battery requires more specialized care. The regular maintenance of the battery is for effective operation and longer life of the inverter. To enjoy your inverter, your batteries must well taken care of. Below are some useful tips on how to maintain your batteries:
- Ensure the water level of the battery is maintained between the maximum and minimum water limit. Do a regular check up on the water level of the battery at least every two months. Always top with distilled water. Never use tap water or rain water as it contains excess minerals and impurities which affect the life and performance of the battery.
- An inverter battery gets heated up during charging and operation. It is advisable to always use a well-ventilated area for inverter installation. An airy place or a room that is well ventilated reduces the heating up of the battery. It also reduces the frequent water topping requirement.
- After installation use battery on a regular basis. If the power cut does not occur, discharge the battery completely once every month and then recharge it.
- If the battery terminals get corroded pour hot water and baking soda solution on the corrosive area and use a stiff brush for cleaning. Once the terminals become corrosion free, apply petroleum jelly or Vaseline on the terminals, nuts, and bolts to avoid further corrosion. Keeping the battery terminals corrosion free and rust free is necessary for a long-lasting inverter.
- Replace your battery if it is dead or damaged. Have a professional electrician inspect it regularly and keep you updated on the inverter and battery conditions.
- Always keep the surface and sides of the battery clean and dust free. Use a cotton cloth to clean these surfaces.
- Ensure that the vents around the battery are dust free and open. Blocked vents lead to hydrogen gas accumulation, which may lead to the bursting of the battery.