Trace DR 2424 inverter fix.

littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 704 ✭✭✭✭
I recently picked up a Trace DR 2424 inverter. When I removed the housing to access the interior of the inverter I noticed the tiny button that controls the power, on/off function had broken off at its base, which is an equally tiny pot or whatever you would call it.  I'm really surprised to find a Trace product with such a miniscule component controlling a vital function. Sorry I didn't get pictures of it while I had it opened up. If you are looking at the face of the inverter it is the first tiny dot to the right of the square jack on the far left of the controls. I was hoping that someone out there has dealt with this problem and can point me in the right direction. heres a page from the manual which is clearer than my photo,  http://powertool.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/xantrex_technology/dr2424.html?p=58


2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

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  • 706jim706jim Solar Expert Posts: 174 ✭✭✭
    Will the inverter turn on or off if you depress the base of this button with a toothpick or similar?
    If not, there has to be some local place that could replace the contacter.
    If you can live with MSW you will be pleased with the Trace.
    Mine has performed flawlessly for 24 seasons.
    Island cottage solar system with 1400 watts of panels, Trace DR1524 MSW inverter, Trace C40 PWM controller 8 Trojan L16's. My 24th year.
  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 704 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for your reply, 706Jim. I just got off the phone with a very helpful service center and was told that this switch is the common failure point on these inverters. They informed me that these particular switches aren't made any more but the have removed them from units in their Trace boneyard. They don't have one at this time though. 

     Funny I thought about using a  toothpick too as you suggested and he said that shaft has an electrical contact on it that electronically activates the switch and that a non conductive item like a toothpick wouldn't work. 

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 704 ✭✭✭✭
    706jim said:

    If you can live with MSW you will be pleased with the Trace.
    Mine has performed flawlessly for 24 seasons.
    This inverter is for a friend who has a 12 volt version and it should be a direct replacement. We're stepping up her system from 12 volt to 24 volt. Funny, down in Baja there are so many off grid people who have been running 12 volt systems forever, mostly because their Trace inverters are still running strong and they just cant justify switching out their fully functional inverters.

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • 706jim706jim Solar Expert Posts: 174 ✭✭✭
    I'm with you there. I contemplated changing my Trace for a PSW inverter when I got an electric fridge, but it seems to be working well despite the dismal power factor shown on my Killawatt.
    Island cottage solar system with 1400 watts of panels, Trace DR1524 MSW inverter, Trace C40 PWM controller 8 Trojan L16's. My 24th year.
  • boBboB Solar Expert Posts: 943 ✭✭✭✭
    It's a momentary normally open pushbutton switch I think.  Maybe you could just solder something like this in its place ?  Digikey has quite a few buttons that might work.  This is a picture of a Grayhill series 46 switch.  I thought that Alco might have something similar but there's probably lots that will work OK.

  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 704 ✭✭✭✭
    This inverter is supposed to be a replacement for a friend's Trace 2412 version. I really wanted to keep it looking original. I had another suggestion from a member on a different forum to use a remote power switch intended for this inverter. I have ordered a new remote switch and am hoping this will be the simple way to remedy the problem. 
     BTW The button/shaft of this switch is about as thick as a pencil lead and the base is about 1/4" x 1/4", In other words its TINY

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • boBboB Solar Expert Posts: 943 ✭✭✭✭
    Yes, I remember the switch.... It was sticking up too high and was too easily broken.  BTW, the same exact switch, maybe except for color, was used in the Magnum Energy MS inverters except they were recessed so they didn't break so easily.  At least that lesson was learned.
  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 704 ✭✭✭✭
    boB,  thanks for your suggestions. I will look into this possibility. 

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

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