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Bradford are passionate about offering you the very best Solar solutions, and in order to maintain the highest of standards, we choose only the highest quality products to ensure that your Bradford Solar system meets our stringent standards in efficiency, safety and longevity.


The importance of selecting a good quality inverter 

The inverter is a piece of electronic equipment that in most cases is installed outside and is exposed to all weather conditions. It is really important that a high quality and robust inverter is used as electrical components fail particularly in the heat, and lower quality inverters do not have good electrical componentary therefore they will fail prematurely. 

You wouldn’t expect a cheap television to last in the hot sun, so why would a cheap inverter last in the hot sun? 

A 2015 survey by Australian Consumers' Association, published in Choice Magazine, found that 25% of solar PV system owners have had issues since installation, and the inverter is the component most likely to have a problem. 

If the solar panels are the skin that is collecting the sun, then the inverter is the brain of your solar panel system: it doesn’t matter how healthy your skin is if your brain is not functioning properly. A reliable inverter is the key to a healthy solar panel system. 

So how do you know if you have the right brain? 

It is quite simple. The inverter is made up of electrical components similar to what you may have in your television, computer, DVD player. These common household appliances are inside your home and therefore are not exposed to the heat and radiation from the sun. The inverter is outside and is exposed to the elements; therefore the electronic components must be robust. Higher quality inverters also have smarter programming and tend to have better monitoring options. Monitoring helps protect your investment and a clear monitoring system can help save losses in the future as it can help maintain performance. 

Risks of cheaper inverters  

Cheaper inverters do not have robust components, meaning that they will generally fail before their warranty period is up. If the company you have selected is still around then you should be okay, but if they're not then you will more than likely not be able to claim the inverter under warranty. It is vital that you ask your solar provider if the warranty is with the installation company or with the original manufacturer: if it is with the manufacturer then you will have to deal with them, and this can be difficult as they may be in a different country. 

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Check with your solar provider on these crucial points to ensure your solar panel system is reliable and save yourself a lot of trouble:
Who is the warranty with?

With Bradford systems, CSR - an Australian icon for 160 years - provides the warranty. If you have problems, we are here for you. Cheaper inverters often come with a manufacturer's warranty, and if you need to claim, you have to deal with an overseas company.

What is the ambient temperature the inverter can operate at without being derated?

Derating means reducing the output of the inverter. The ambient operational temperature should be between -25°C and 50° C. This is important to ensure the inverter has a wide operating temperature range so it will operate to its maximum efficiency regardless of the ambient temperature, delivering full power in the hottest summer months.

Does the inverter have an IP65 rating?

This means it has a high rating for dust and water resistance. This is crucial to ensure that the inverter’s integrity is not compromised and that it operates for the long haul.

Does it have military grade capacitors rated for 105°C?

This means it has a high rating for dust and water resistance. This is crucial to ensure that the inverter’s integrity is not compromised and that it operates for the long haul.

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