The How and Why of Home Solar Maintenance

Solar panels are an excellent investment for your home.  They are incredibly reliable; most systems have few to no moving parts, so they are low maintenance.

Despite this, regular and preventative solar maintenance will ensure that your home solar system continues to work to its full potential, saving you money on your energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint.


Why your Home Solar System Needs to be Maintained

Although your home solar system doesn’t have any moving parts and you don’t have to worry about any malfunctioning electrical systems due to wear and tear, the panels are constantly exposed to the elements, especially as the seasons change.  Keeping an eye on your panels and knowing what to look for as the seasons change will help extend their life.

Commit to a regular solar panel maintenance programme that will check your panels and the surrounding area for any  defects.  A more comprehensive solar maintenance check may involve checking for the following:

  • A general site check: ensuring that the area is clean with no debris near or around the array
  • Solar panel check: making sure that panels are clean with no visual defects such as cracks or corrosion
  • Wiring installation check: checking for any exposed or loose wiring
  • Electrical check: ensuring the correct voltage within open and short circuit voltages
  • Mounting structure check: making sure thing the structure of which the solar system is mounted on is still intact with regards to corrosion and tightness of fastening devices

 

When Home Solar Systems are Not Maintained

Although solar panels are very reliable, they are not indestructible.  They do require maintenance and may need to be cleaned, especially if you live in dry, arid regions with little rainfall. 

Failing to undertake regular solar panel maintenance could lead to some unwanted issues, including reduced performance and an increase in your energy bills.  Regular solar maintenance by certified A-grade technicians will not only extend the life of your system but save you money, in the long run, on repairs, by having issues identified early on.


Carrying out Home Solar Maintenance

There are some measures that you, as the homeowner, can take to keep your solar panels working effectively, like:

  • Keeping the area around the panels free of branches or other invasive vegetation
  • Regularly monitoring their performance.

If you are concerned that your solar panels are not working effectively or that there may be an issue, there are some checks you can carry out:

  • Monitor your output to identify any decrease
  • Check your meter for any warning displays
  • Track and analyse the figures on your meter. 

However, we always recommend that solar panel maintenance itself is carried out by an A-grade electrician, including cleaning.  From a full-service maintenance package, you can expect the service provider to: 

  • Carry out a visual inspection of the panels
  • Clean the panels, if necessary
  • Inspect the condition of the roof and the rack
  • Analyse the energy production
  • Check the current and voltage readings
  • Check the meter, the inverter, and any other components.


Conclusion:

Home solar systems are reliable, efficient, and cost-effective.  However, we recommend that you contact reputable solar panel specialists, with electrical maintenance technicians who are A Grade electricians, to carry out regular solar panel maintenance on your home solar system.  That way, you know your panels are well-maintained, and you can continue to enjoy saving money on your energy bills.

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