Troubleshooting An RV Power Converter Problem

rv powerTraveling the roads in an RV can be an exciting adventure as long as your converter is working properly. Without your power converter, your home will not be able to transform any 110V AC power to 12V DC. These are two separate electrical systems that can provide the needed electric power to your RV. Without it, the comforts that you’re familiar with in your home will not carry over. Whenever you’re facing a problem with these two systems, chances are you’re dealing with a converter issue. You can get servicing for this problem but there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the problem before you take that step.

Determine the Cause of the Malfunction

The first thing you need to do is determine the source of your problem. Not all electrical problems in your RV will be converter problems, so you’ll need to test your device to find out the cause. You could spend loads of money repairing a converter that was already functioning properly. To determine that the converter is really the problem you should first check your AC Voltage, Circuit Breaker, Fuses, your battery and any other potential reasons that may cause an electrical issue. Once you rule out each of these factors then you can safely be assured that your converter is truly the problem.

Check Your AC Voltage

When you plug your RV into a campsite pedestal, you can use a ground fault circuit interrupter to check if you’re getting 110V AC. If it registers too high or too low the voltage could damage your converter and the appliances you’re using. Ideally, you want to see a number that falls between 103 and 130V AC.

Check Your Circuit Breaker

You can usually find your circuit breaker somewhere near you 12V DC battery bank. Open all the circuit breakers starting with the primary input breaker and then close them again ending with the primary input breaker. Check any metals or connector tabs to make sure they are clear of acid residue that may have accumulated. If you find any, clean them with baking soda and water. Wait until it is all dried before attempting to use your power again.

Check Your Fuses

Make sure that all of your fuses are functioning properly. Open each of the fuses to check for continuity and replace any that are not working. Make sure that you match the voltage and amperage exactly so that you don’t create any additional problems.

Check the Battery

You also want to be sure that the battery isn’t the cause of your power issues. Sometimes the battery is not properly charged so there is not enough current running through it. If it is fully charged, find the battery cutoff switch and make sure that it is in the “on” position.

Other Possible Causes of Power Failure in Your RV

There are a number of other things that could cause you to have power issues in your RV. Check all of your electrical connections to ensure that they are clean, dry and tightly fitted. It is important that you look over your entire power system from beginning to end to make sure that nothing else could be causing an interruption to your power. When you systematically check the entire system you’ll soon be able to identify any possible causes.

All of these other issues should be ruled out before you conclude that the power converter is the source of your problem. Only after you have checked all of these other issues should you consult a technician about repair or replacement of your converter.

Check the Power Converter

If you find that none of these other issues are the cause of your power problems, you need to carefully look over your power converter. First check the housing while the 110V AC power is disconnected. If the converter is blown you will see signs of scorching or white flaky acid accumulation on the housing.

Should You Repair and Replace Your Converter?

Once you’ve determined the root cause of your power problem you have to make a decision. There are times when repairing a power converter may not be an easy task. In many cases, it may not even be cost effective to do so. Your best option is to discuss the possibility of repair with a certified technician to determine if it would be worth it to repair.

Your RV power converter can make the difference on how well you enjoy your time away from home. Whether you want to rough it in the wilderness or live in the lap of luxury, it is important that you keep your power converter working at its best.

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