With time, we are witnessing more number of power cuts and fluctuation of electricity in both rural and urban areas. To deal with such problems, it is highly recommended to install an inverter on your property.
Installing an inverter is not a tough job, however, you should always be careful when dealing with such machines. Now, if you are planning to install an inverter on your property, there are few things you should bear in mind and that’s why we are here.
In this article, we will help you learn the step-by-step process for installing an inverter at your home in the easiest way possible. But first, let us have a quick glance at some safety measures that you should keep in mind while installing this fantastic device.
Precautions to be Taken While Installation:
Though installing an inverter is easy you should know some general safety precautions for your own benefits. Here they are:
- The inverter should be placed on a flat surface whether you put it vertically or horizontally.
- Never install your inverter in an environment where heat resides. This goes for places with direct sunlight, heat ventilation system, radiators, etc.
- You must keep the inverter away from moisture or rain. Always keep the inverter dry and never touch it with wet body parts as this can damage your inverter and you could come into serious trouble.
- When installing an inverter make sure the bottom surface of the inverter is kept a few inches up from the floor. This will provide better ventilation and good heat disperse.
These were few safety precautions that you should keep in mind while installing an inverter at your home. Now, let’s get into the main deal and learn how to install this device.
Step by Step Process for Installation:
1: Select a suitable location (Where to place)
When it comes to installing an inverter at your home, locations play the most important role. It can either make or break your entire process. So, which places are the most suitable to install an inverter at your home? Well, let’s find out.
- The inverter should be placed in an area of your house where you have zero flammable materials or other toxic substances.
- Avoid installing an inverter in your basement if there is no proper ventilation.
- Find a place in your house that offers free space. Installing your inverter in such areas will improve the output performance of your device as there will be proper ventilation, and no other devices to disturb the operation.
- Avoid installing the inverter in the following places:
- Near heat sources. This includes direct sunlight.
- Where flammable substances are kept.
- Moist or stuffed areas of your house.
The best places to install:
- Dry and cool areas of your house.
- Free space to ensure proper heat disperse and ventilation.
Once, you find out the suitable location for your inverter installation, you can move on to the next step, which is to securely mount the inverter.
2: Mounting the inverter
This is another crucial step and ignoring it could eventually affect the life of your inverter. Mounting the inverter is important because you don’t want the components inside the inverter to bang around or the entire inverter to fall off.
Most inverters come with predrilled holes in the unit so that mounting these devices could be easy. Simply, use bolts or screws to mount the inverter on a secure surface. But, what is a secure surface?
Well, it is certainly not the high vibrational surface or place where heat source and flammable materials are nearby.
When mounting the inverter, make sure it is mounted on a supportive surface like non-vibrating perpendicular walls, a stable vertical surface, and safe reachable ceilings.
Avoid being creative in this step and mount your inverter anywhere you wish, plus you should refer to the manufacturer’s recommendation to find the best mounting place.
3: Battery installation
The next step is to connect the inverter with the battery so that it could draw the power. It is a very crucial part of your inverter installation process and here is how it is done:
- First, unscrew and remove the rear panel of the inverter.
- Now, raise the top lid of the main housing. This will unhide the interior side of the unit.
- The positive terminal of the first battery should be installed facing the right side on the rear side of the main housing.
- Now, install the second battery with the positive terminal to the left.
- Carefully secure the rear panel back once both batteries are connected and being checked.
4: Review the Battery Cable Connectivity
Once the battery is installed and connected, it is time to check whether the connectivity is proper or not.
Checking the battery cable connectivity will help to load the maximum amount of working energy to the appliances of your house that are connected with the inverter.
It is important that you check the cable connectivity of the battery and inverter with a low resistance wiring. This is because low resistance wiring sends high current to the destination in low voltage and there is a minimum ‘load’ on the inverter.
5: Setting up the Inverter
- The last step is to set up the inverter. Place the inverter assembly facing forwards on the top of the main housing.
- Once this is done, reach the electricity board meter of your house and remove the power.
- Now, connect the cable with the inverter. You can read the manufacturer’s instructions to connect the electric cables. Usually, electric cables run from a double pole switch circuit. Connect one end of the electric cable with this switch and the other end with the IEC connector.
- Connect the cables from the load to the IEC connector and then to the rear panel output connector of the inverter.
- Now connect the wiring harness from the inverter’s battery to the input connector at the rear panel.
- Once this is all connected properly, your final step is to power on the electricity board meter and the switch lightning circuit. This will switch on the inverter.
6: Inverter Connection Diagram
Below is the inverter connection diagram for better understanding. According to this diagram, during offloading lights, T.V and a fan could be easily run by the inverter (highlighted by Red Color Wire). You can change the load as per your requirement by connecting it to the inverter.
We can also see the Neutral (Black Wire) is common in all the load. This means you will not need any individual Neutral connection.
Installing an inverter is no rocket science and it is clear from the above-mentioned DIY information. However, if you find this task intimidating you can contact a qualified technician to install it for you.
Regardless of who installs the inverter at your home, you must keep some safety precautions in your mind. For instance, always install your inverter in dry and cool places, keep it away from heat sources, mount it on a secure surface, etc.
We have done our best to bring you the easiest guide on installing an inverter at your home without professional help. Make sure to review your manufacturer’s instructions while setting up this incredible machine. Good luck!