3 Biggest mistakes when installing an inverter

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These are the 3 most common mistakes made when installing an inverter in to your house.

  1. Wire size

The best is to get the inverter as close to the battery bank as possible.

Most inverters have a 100% overload capacity.

Rather install a thicker wire than a thinner wire.

When you have a too thin wire and you have a huge load it can damage the inverter and the inverter will shut down.

The load can cause the wire to catch fire if the wire is too thin.

The best is to talk to a technical expert who knows what he or she is doing.


  1. Location

The location can be the death of your inverter.

Make sure your inverter is in an area where it has enough air circulation.

Don’t install your inverter in the following areas:

  • Direct sunlight
  • Out of any water conditions especially salt water
  • Dusty areas
  • Cold areas

The units that can handle the harsh handling, climates and areas are usually sealed and they come at a more expensive price tag.

Always check the manufacturing label/booklet to see where is the ideal area to install the inverter unit.

  1. Mounting

The mounting of the inverter is usually the biggest death of your inverter.

The inverter should only be mounted vertically for optimum operations.

Mounting the inverter near a high vibration surface, near a heating element like geyser, in your roof or horizontally can have a negative impact on the unit.

Always refer to the manufactures recommendation for mounting the inverter.

There are only a few types which can be installed in any way but again, they come with an expensive price tag.

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