It comes as no surprise that homeowners want to take advantage of all the benefits solar panels can provide them, but like any appliance, there needs to be solar panel maintenance. Just like your plumbing, wiring, or insulation, making sure your solar panels live up and beyond their 25-30 year warranty, means keeping a keen eye for the warning signs. Because solar panels sit outside, whether that’s on top your roof, on the ground, or attached to a pole, they’re exposed to all kinds of extreme weather and falling debris. Cracked solar panels, for example, are at risk of having a water leak in and destroying the solar cells. Most homeowners can spend anywhere between $150 and $900 to repair the damages. It’s important to keep up with maintenance as to avoid paying up to $2,000 to fix any broken glass, cracks, faulty wiring, or even as far as replacing your roof and solar panels.
Unfortunately, it can happen. Either the solar provider didn’t install the solar panels properly, or inferior materials were used for your solar panel system. If you notice your solar panels aren’t functioning properly, like a fluctuation in power or overall decrease in electricity generated, there might be a defect. Here’s what to look for.
It wouldn’t hurt to know all the parts involved and how they work. Solar panels have solar cells, which are made with a thin film of semi-conductor materials or silicon. Solar cells, as previously mentioned, are what directly convert sunlight into electricity. Solar cells are protected by a panel, made of glass. Your solar panels are connected together to form arrays, which are either aligned on top your roof, on the ground or attached to a pole. Your panels are held by mounting racks, and inverters convert the DC power generated into AC power, while any excess electricity can be stored in a battery. Simple, right? There’s not much to it, and depending on how you go about financing your solar panels, the solar installers can do all the solar panel maintenance, monitoring, and repairing for you. But there still are those warning signs to look out for.
It doesn’t matter where you install your solar panels, they’re susceptible to damage. It’s important to consider what might be a future risk to your solar panels such as an old roof or low hanging trees. If you notice anything, it’s important to contact your solar provider to prevent further damage. Make sure you look out for the following.
If so, you need to contact a professional to inspect your panels. A licensed solar thermal technician will know what to look for and can provide the best options for repair. Acting fast will save you money and prevent further damage.
Don’t hesitate if you notice something wrong, contact Air Tech HVAC Inc. for solar panel maintenance and installation services!