Man I love boats....
Nine-year old Trace inverter
was working fine until recently. I assume it's original to the boat anyway..
Since we are / were off doing other things for the hurricane
season, I bought a low-draw dehumidifier to keep things dry while we were away. The solar panels
are able to completely replace the amp-hours drawn each day by the inverter
powering only the dehumidifier. I verified this over several days before we left. I am berthed w/o shore power
and this seemed to be a good solution. Worst case I figured the inverter would kick out on low battery
voltage and just sit there waiting for me to return and reset it.
We came back to find the dehumidifier OFF and the panel lights indicating normal inverter operation. However, the inverter remote
LCD display has some garbled letters and recycling has no effect. So I have an apparently dead inverter. Either that or the remote control panel
is the problem.
Batteries are 100% charged as the solar
system is still working fine. They are new gel-cell units (5 months old). Heart interface still functions normally so I don't suspect we took a lightning
Before I start tearing into it I wonder if others have some tips about where to start (other than the manuals
of course...). It'll be another 2 weeks before I'll be able to spend time on this but was hoping for some comments before I do.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions / replies.