We all know how costly a solar system installation can be, where a good quality system installed by reputable solar panel suppliers should run smoothly for many years. However, regular maintenance of your solar panels can help ensure that your system continues to function efficiently and safely.
How To Maintain Your Solar System – The Basics
Just like a new roof installation, a solar panel installation will be exposed to the elements. Whilst these solar panels have been designed to withstand various types of weather, over time they can become dusty and dirty which can degrade their efficiency and hoping the rain will clean them isn’t going to work either!
Rather than attempting to maintain the solar panels yourself (which we really wouldn’t advise), calling in experts to carry out regular maintenance is the way to go. Not only will it keep your panels looking great and functioning properly, but it will also offer peace of mind when it comes to preventing fire hazards.
Aside from calling in a professional to carry out maintenance, we’re going to run through some of the other fundamental elements of the process, so you know what to expect.
Why You Should Service Your Solar Panels and How Often
On top of a regular inspection, you’ll have to keep an eye out for certain signs during the year (we’ll expand on this later). Once you’ve noticed them, it’s important to call in an expert as soon as possible to resolve any potential issues. With regards to a full service, solar experts say that having your system serviced once every five years should be enough for high quality, well-installed systems. Although the Clean Energy Council (CEC) recommends an annual inspection, this can often be quite costly. As the risk of something going badly wrong is relatively low, many people think that it’s unnecessary to get a yearly service. At the end of the day, if you’re keeping an eye out for any isolated issues and you’re getting a semi-regular service, you shouldn’t run into too many problems.
Warning Signs to Look Out For
Red flags that should prompt you to arrange a one-off inspection according to the CEC include:
- Before moving or buying a property with an existing solar panel system
- If you notice a fluctuation in your energy bill or monitoring system as this might indicate a change in the system’s production
- If you’re concerned about a build-up of debris and natural matter such as leaves and branches
- If you’re worried that animals such as possums and rats might be causing damage to your system
- Monitoring software might detect issues on its own and generate alerts or warnings
Flat solar panels in particular might require more frequent inspections. Installing a high-quality monitoring system can also be enough to help keep an eye on your solar system’s performance.
How Much a Service Cost
Depending on the individual provider and the size of the solar system you have, a standard service by an accredited solar installer will cost roughly between $200 and $300. Although any repairs that might be done might be covered by your warranty, be prepared to shell out some cash. In addition to this, the cost will vary depending on what the issue is.
What to Expect
A solar panel service will be an opportunity for a technician to come and check that the solar system is still in good condition and that everything is functioning properly. As well as a visual and electrical inspection, technicians will also remove any obvious debris. However, there might be an additional cost if you want your system fully cleaned. Contact us today if you need any additional information to assist you with your solar panel maintenance.