Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Inverter failure!

  1. #1
    Premium Lager

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Age
    56
    Posts
    4,594
    Thanks
    1,474
    Thanked 2,394 Times in 1,101 Posts
    Rep Power
    979
    Reputation
    34315

    Default Inverter failure!

    Hello, I was keeping an eye on my solar generation
    since installation last mid feb. had reached about
    1.6 MW then just before new year when I checked
    The inverter was displaying all black squares on its
    LCD display. Naturally the company I got it through
    Was on a Xmas/ny break.

    But, credit to them, once I managed to contact them
    They were right onto it and I got a replacement inverter
    Installed yesterday. All back up and running, missed out
    On some pretty impressive solar days over the ny period
    But that's life hey.

    Pity my KW generated has reverted back to zero
    __________________________________________________ __
    Statistically, if you wait long enough, everything will happen!



Look Here ->
  • #2
    Senior Member
    Learjet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Queensland
    Age
    56
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    613
    Thanked 1,085 Times in 356 Posts
    Rep Power
    457
    Reputation
    13585

    Default

    What brand was the inverter?

  • #3
    Premium Lager

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Age
    56
    Posts
    4,594
    Thanks
    1,474
    Thanked 2,394 Times in 1,101 Posts
    Rep Power
    979
    Reputation
    34315

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Learjet View Post
    What brand was the inverter?
    it was a CMS 1500

    Replaced with same model. but at least a further 12 months warrantee
    __________________________________________________ __
    Statistically, if you wait long enough, everything will happen!

  • #4
    Junior Member Crootie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Perth WA
    Age
    40
    Posts
    140
    Thanks
    25
    Thanked 39 Times in 21 Posts
    Rep Power
    131
    Reputation
    415

    Default

    we have had the same kind of problem at my mums house. So far 2x sunteams inverters have died and have now got a Evasolar inverter.

    Unfortunately company won't start the warranty on the inverter from new again.

  • #5
    Premium Lager

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Age
    56
    Posts
    4,594
    Thanks
    1,474
    Thanked 2,394 Times in 1,101 Posts
    Rep Power
    979
    Reputation
    34315

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Crootie View Post
    Unfortunately company won't start the warranty on the inverter from new again.
    I think you will find that they have no choice. The warrantee ahould cover the replacement parts as they should be NEW.

    Ask consumer affairs
    __________________________________________________ __
    Statistically, if you wait long enough, everything will happen!

  • #6
    Premium Member

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Central Tablelands of NSW
    Age
    76
    Posts
    13,824
    Thanks
    1,242
    Thanked 3,803 Times in 2,523 Posts
    Rep Power
    1738
    Reputation
    56926

    Default

    The new invertor should have a manufacturers warranty at least and thats where I would be going if it has any problems during the next 12 months contrary to what the installer says.
    But as porkop says, go to Consumer affairs if any problems arise.
    I stand unequivicably behind everything I say , I just dont ever remember saying it !!

  • #7
    Senior Member
    Learjet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Queensland
    Age
    56
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    613
    Thanked 1,085 Times in 356 Posts
    Rep Power
    457
    Reputation
    13585

    Default

    Abnormal early failure aside, what is the usual life span of a grid tie inverter?

  • #8
    Junior Member Bluedog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    central tablelands NSW
    Posts
    217
    Thanks
    106
    Thanked 172 Times in 65 Posts
    Rep Power
    182
    Reputation
    1769

    Default

    Hi Learjet, standalone inverters last ages as the only real problems occur from close lightning and massive overload, whilst grid-tied inverters are directly exposed to the mains and all its problems.

    Every time there is a storm or a surge or a possum across the wires they have to deal with the spikes and undervolts.

    Hence the usable life of grid-tie devices vary from area to area depending on storm activity,underground or aboveground wires and distance from substations etc.

    They are robust, (sunnyboys) as they survive many a storm along our road out here. the mains often goes out due to lightning hits.

    I am off grid as you know and havent killed an inverter here yet, but i deal with many places that are gridtied with work
    member. Austech dog squad: if it can be fixed the dogs will sniff it out

  • #9
    Senior Member
    Learjet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Queensland
    Age
    56
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    613
    Thanked 1,085 Times in 356 Posts
    Rep Power
    457
    Reputation
    13585

    Default

    Thanks Bluedog. So I guess it depends how stable the supply is in any given location. Places like Darwin that have frequent storms might give them a bit of a rough time then.

  • Bookmarks

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •