How is an electrical solar system maintained? And why is it important?

For any Australian investing in solar power experts to help create renewable energy, questions are common. There are many things to think about and focus on that can make understanding your chosen solar panel electrician a little tough. For example, maintenance. Many don’t realise the importance of having not only the best solar installers in Melbourne, but also the best solar maintenance. If you aren’t sure about the importance of solar maintenance, then read on – we’ll explain to you why it is absolutely essential.

After your commercial solar installation or residential solar installation, it’s essential that you focus on post-installation maintenance. It’s the only way to ensure you can maintain a strong, consistent level of efficiency and output.

Starting with a general check

First off, every solar maintenance schedule should begin with an important check-up of all of the crucial components included. This should include a general check-up to ensure the area is clear and that no debris has built up around the solar system.

This will also look to search for problems such as lack of efficiency due to natural overgrowth of trees, bushes, and other shrubbery that could impact solar panel performance.

Checking the panels

Next, an A-grade electrician will focus on the panels. They will clean the panels carefully, ensuring that any dirt is removed. A shield of dirt building up will reduce just how much power is being drained at any given time, after all.

They will also look for problems such as snaps or cracks in the panel, fractures in the design, and any risk of moisture build-up and/or penetration. They will also look for issues such as the framing corroding or being damaged. This can happen as a part of wear and tear, or as part of an impact damaged caused by the environment or an animal.

They will also look at the junction boxes for signs of connection looseness, damaged lid seals, water build-up, cable sealing, and the quality of the clamping devices being used. This will ensure that any defective seals, clamps, and other key areas will be spotted, corrected, and repaired in good time. This helps to maximise output and minimise the risk of a loss of efficiency.

These check-ups should happen on an annual basis.

Working on the wiring

Next, a solar panel crew would take a look at the wiring, making sure that all conduits and cables are fitted and installed properly. This should take place on a half-decade check-up, but you might wish to look for more specific check-ups if you notice any performance problems down the line. Damaged conduits and cables will be replaced by a repair team.

Also, they should check over junction boxes for signs of the damage listed above. At the same time, you want to see annual check-ups on the electrical devices, ensuring that open and short circuit voltages are correct. The same goes for protective elements such as fuses, CB, and RCDs, and also earth fault protection and solar array isolation devices. These crucial elements play a critical role in how the solar panels actually work, so ensuring they are working as intended is very important indeed.

Lastly, a repair team will carry out an annual check for the mounting structure, ensuring that all panels and other elements are fitted appropriately.

Focus on these above issues during solar maintenance, and you can make sure that each repair check-up leaves you with a better condition than was present beforehand. If nothing else, it helps to avoid the risk of expensive, long-term damage to efficiency or solar panel operations! 

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