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  • 1.  Sunny Boy Inverter

    Posted 06-08-2022 01:24 PM
    My inverter installed in 2007 displays an IMAX Disturbance message. I noticed it wasn't generating consistently a couple of days ago. Do any of you know of a good repair person for SMA Inverters?

    Coreen Toll
    719-321-9179, Manitou Springs

  • 2.  RE: Sunny Boy Inverter

    Posted 06-09-2022 09:37 AM
    That's an over current message from the AC side. Did the inverter power up "normally" the next day? Or, is it a constant message that won't go away?

    william fitch

  • 3.  RE: Sunny Boy Inverter

    Posted 06-09-2022 10:54 AM
    Thanks for responding. It seems to be working normally again. Perhaps nothing is broken?

  • 4.  RE: Sunny Boy Inverter

    Posted 06-09-2022 12:09 PM
    Your welcome. That error can happen from time to time. As long as its clears, you should be fine. If it starts "popping" up more frequently, it may indicate a problem on the load side "somewhere", or maybe an actual inverter issue.

    william fitch

  • 5.  RE: Sunny Boy Inverter

    Posted 06-09-2022 01:47 PM
    Thanks again. I will pay close attention.

  • 6.  RE: Sunny Boy Inverter

    Chapter Leader
    Posted 06-09-2022 03:33 PM
    Coreen -
        I have an 'off-grid' solar home here in Maine, and we replaced our inverter in 2009, with a Trace 2500.  After 20 years, it was acting a bit 'funny' ... so I called the Trace folks on the west coast, who informed me that the original warranty was only for 10 years ... and that I should just be happy and buy another inverter ! Well, I decided to check all the components in our system, and did a few small adjustments, and the inverter did respond ... I'm still using the same Trace, now for over 23 years ! I have another inverter (used Xantrex), available for if and when the Trace poops out ! Good luck with your SMA model ! It may be difficult to find a 'service' person for 'any' inverter that old ! Be well, and get a 'backup' inverter to have on hand !

    John Burke
    Director, MESEA, Maine
    Maine Solar Energy Association; Downeast Alternative Design Solar, Inc
    Jonesport ME

  • 7.  RE: Sunny Boy Inverter

    Posted 06-10-2022 07:35 AM
    John - thanks for your reply.
    This same inverter stopped working after 10 yrs. I was also told it was due to expire. I had an electrician out ( no longer here) and he fixed it.
    Since my posting I have discovered some local businesses who specialize in system repairs. I haven't contacted them yet because my SMA started working normally again. I am keeping an eye on it!