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Old 09-30-2008, 02:45 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 watt inverter/charger installed in my storage compartment next to the battery compartment under the entry steps. It is a factory installed unit. Yesterday it overheated and shut down. Temperature was 90. I opened up the compartment door and it was like an oven in there. The fan was running in the unit but the compartment is sealed. Has any one else had this problem? It would seem to me that compartment should be ventileted. Your comments would be appreciated.

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I have a 2000 watt inverter/charger installed in my storage compartment next to the battery compartment under the entry steps. It is a factory installed unit. Yesterday it overheated and shut down. Temperature was 90. I opened up the compartment door and it was like an oven in there. The fan was running in the unit but the compartment is sealed. Has any one else had this problem? It would seem to me that compartment should be ventileted. Your comments would be appreciated.

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By all means it needs ventilation. Especially an Inverter. There is a very large transformer and some very large triacs, and diodes that are attached to heat sinks. The only thing that can keep those heat sinks reasonably cool, is to have the fan move air over them, and that air should be reasonably cool. It should not be recycled heated air that's being circulated in the compartment. So do your Inverter a favor and install some kind of vent to the outside. Obviously put a screen on it to keep out the critters.
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I'd recommend some kind of heavy duty thermostatically controlled 12v computer fan ducted to the outside of the compartment - with an addition vent for a draw. Just be careful not to introduce moisture into the bay.
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