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A stabilizer in an AC is different than an AC filter. While an AC filter’s main function is to filter the air so it will be free of dust and other unwanted particles, a stabilizer’s function is to preserve the voltages’ normalcy in the power installation of the AC. Still, does AC need stabilizer?
What are the types of stabilizers? How do they work, or, how can we make them work? What about the types of AC that need a stabilizer? Those questions are the questions that we’ll cover more in this article.
The types of stabilizers
There are two types of AC stabilizers, which are the relay and the servo stabilizers. The relay stabilizers are usually for cheap AC products that don’t need much power supplies, while the bigger-sized and more expensive AC products usually use servo stabilizers.
The relay stabilizers use many relays to ensure faster responses in stabilizing the AC’s voltages without having to cut off the power supplies. At the same time, the relay stabilizers can only increase or decrease the AC’s voltages one level from the normal voltages.
On the other hand, the servo stabilizers can increase or decrease the AC’s voltages as much as you’d want to. Yet, their responses in stabilizing your AC’s voltages may not be as fast as or faster than the relay stabilizers.
How do stabilizers work?
There is the essential operation named “The boost and buck operations” in describing the ways stabilizers work in an AC. You can use the manual ways by switches or the automatic ways using electronic circuits to make the operation works.
The stabilizers’ operation begins and ends with the AC unit. The stabilizer, along with the transformer that is connected to the different switching relays’ configurations, is placed between the processes to add or subtract the AC’s voltages.
In the whole process, the stabilizer and the transformer work together in supplying your AC with consistent electric voltages. These ways, you will prevent your AC from getting over or under-voltages.
The types of AC
Just as there are different types of stabilizers, there are also different types of AC that can be attached to the different types of stabilizers.
Central air conditioners, portable air conditioners, smart air conditioners, hybrid or dual-fuel air conditioners, are the most popular types of AC that can connect to relay or servo stabilizers.
Apart from those types of AC, there is also another AC that is called the inverter air conditioner. Some people think people living within stable-weathered environments shouldn’t worry about attaching a stabilizer to their inverter AC. Yet, some people insist the inverter AC should work hand-in-hand with a stabilizer, no matter what.
So, does AC need stabilizer? In other words, does inverter AC need a stabilizer that badly? We’ll answer those questions in the next points of this article.
Does AC need stabilizer?
Along with the non-fluctuating weathers, people living in stable-weathered environments tend to worry less about their AC units as well as the components, such as the stabilizers. More so when they live in environments that contain lesser wastes than other environments.
As a result, many of these people find it unnecessary to add or maintain a stabilizer in their inverter AC units, especially if the inverter AC is of a modern one. After all, an inverter AC has more potentials in balancing the power supplies in the whole AC unit compared to other types of AC.
Indeed, an inverter AC doesn’t need a stabilizer… Only in certain situations. For example, some inverter AC units are equipped with the S-UTR compressors, the inbuilt stabilizers which the internal mechanisms are the same as the stabilizers that we connect outside the AC units.
Yet, not all inverter AC units are equipped with such compressors. Even the inbuilt stabilizers’ manuals state that the companies can’t guarantee the inbuilt stabilizers will be 100% safe from drastic power depletions. In other words, the inbuilt stabilizers can only protect within certain ranges of voltages.
That being said, you need external stabilizers for your inverter AC. In cases where the ranges of voltages can no longer be tolerated within the inbuilt stabilizers’ capabilities, you can use the external stabilizers as your backups. After all, the stabilizers are there to ensure your inverter AC doesn’t experience over- and under-voltage conditions.
How (And When) to repair my stabilizers?
Even though there are situations where it’s okay for you to not connect your inverter AC with the stabilizers, you still need them so you can prepare in case the voltage ranges can no longer be tolerated or anticipated.
Like any other AC components, your stabilizers can need repairs. While you can hire professionals to do them, you can’t always do it since hiring credible professionals can be costly.
So, these are the ways to repair your stabilizers:
Test And Check Everything First
You need to check if there are symptoms to be fixed, such as red lights flashing on your stabilizers and more. At some points, you may have to wait 2-3 minutes before the red lights turn green. Even when the lights have turned green, you should also ensure that there are outputs such as voltages on the outlet’s sockets.
Replace The Relays (When Needed)
These are the essential steps if you’re using relay stabilizers. You need to pull the relays out of the stabilizers to replace them. After you pull out the relays, go back to the first step: Test and check everything first for your relays, both inside and outside the circuits.
Buying new relays is not enough to replace the already-not-working relays. You should also repeat the first step for every relays that you want to replace.
Note: Ideally, you should repair your stabilizers as soon as you see signs of dysfunctions in your stabilizers. Some of those symptoms are overloading the output’s voltages, tripping circuit breakers, and more.
Seeking help from a professional should be your last resort when everything isn’t working even though you’ve done the steps to repair your stabilizers.
After all, you need your stabilizers in your inverter AC to work as they should be, so you don’t get the risks of over-and under-voltages.