Gone are the days when people used generators as a power backup. With technology advancing every day, different sources of backup are emerging. One of the commonly used backups is the inverter. It is not only easy to install, but the inverter battery works as a backup for almost all appliances in the house including air conditioners. Many people opt for inverters as an alternate power source against generators because it is safer, generates less noise and turns on automatically in the event of power outage. Inverters once properly installed, saves one a lot of stress that goes with buying PMS and servicing generators.
However, inverters do not function optimally without batteries. The battery is the backbone of an inverter, it is responsible for the good performance and long life of the inverter. Therefore, regular care and maintenance of the battery is very crucial. Just like any other home appliance, the inverter battery requires regular maintenance for effective operation and longer life. Though they do not beautify your homes like your steel coating door refrigerator or your black shiny microwave, they help you live comfortably in the most difficult time i.e. a power cut.
Maintaining inverters are not just easy, but can also prolong your battery life while keeping them fit for optimum performance. So, here are simple steps to follow when it comes to maintaining your inverters:
- Always use a well-ventilated area for inverter installation. The inverter battery gets heated up during charging and operation. An airy place reduces the heating up of the heating up the battery. It also reduces the frequent water topping requirement.
- After installation use battery on regular basis. If the power cut does not occur, discharge the battery completely once every month and then recharge
- Check the water level of liquid-based batteries every two months. Ensure that the water level is maintained between the maximum between the minimum and maximum water limit. Always top up the battery with distilled water. Do not use tap water or rain water as it contains excess minerals and impurities which affect the life and performance of the battery.
- Always keep the surface and sides of battery clean and dust free. Use a cotton cloth to clean the surfaces.
- Keep the battery terminals corrosion free and rust free. If the terminals get corroded, pour hot water + baking soda solution on the corrosive area or use a toothbrush for cleaning, this will remove the corrosion. Once the terminal becomes corrosion free, apply petroleum jelly or Vaseline on the terminals, nuts, and bolts to avoid future corrosion. Rusting in terminals reduces the current flow to and from the battery. This restricted flow of current results in slow battery charging which ultimately reduces battery life.
- Be careful that the vents around battery are dust free and open. Blocked vents lead to hydrogen gas accumulation, which may lead to the bursting of the battery.
- From a safety point of view, install the inverter at safe places in your home, which is out of the reach of children or a less used area. But at the same time, make sure that is airy and properly ventilated.
- Replace your battery if it is dead or damaged. Regular inspection will keep you updated on your inverter and battery conditions.