vac-bfr error on Sunny Boy 1800U Inverter

PBRhinoPBRhino Registered Users Posts: 3
The system was installed in July of 2007.
I have 16, 300W solar panels in two rows.
Each row of 8 has its own Sunny Boy 1800 Inverter tied to the grid.
One of the inverters is working as it should.
The second one is not.
This morning it initially gave me an error of K1 Open.
I rebooted a couple of times turning off AC side and then DC side.
Still had K1 Open error.
Then I examined the fuze and did a continuity check on it. 
Meter read 0 indicating fuze is ok.
When I reconnected the fuze, it gave me the VAC Bfr error
Next I checked to ensure each panel was okay.
Each one read between 26 and 28V DC
I then took the cover off and measured the AC voltage between the red wire and the neutral wire. It was 116V.
I then did the same for the red and ground wires which also read 116V
I have chekced all connections.
Is there anything else I can do?
Or, is it time for a new inverter?
Thanks for your time and help!

Comments

  • PBRhinoPBRhino Registered Users Posts: 3
    Correction, the panels are 190 Watts each.
  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 4,496 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It may be time for a new inverter.  Apparently, the k1 error is some sort of too-high voltage lockout.  If it happens too many times, the relay connecting to grid is locked open.  With it locked open, presumably the second error is thrown by frequency being out of spec (which it would be, with the relay open).  The high voltage may have happened overnight (when grid usage is low) and appeared ok in the morning.  High voltage could do lots of mischief in the inverter, breaking down insulation and such.

    Keep in mind this is purely speculation, but if this theory is correct, the other inverter may not be far behind the first in throwing the error.  There may be a way of clearing the error, but this would likely be a very temporary and possibly dangerous fix.
    Off-grid.  
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
  • PBRhinoPBRhino Registered Users Posts: 3
    Thanks, 
    Any suggestions on grid tie in inverters?
  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 4,496 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'll leave it to others here with more grid-tied experience to offer suggestions.
    Off-grid.  
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
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