Solar Panel Maintenance & Servicing
Solar panel maintenance is an essential aspect of ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your solar energy system. When you hire a HIES installer for solar panel maintenance, you can expect a comprehensive and meticulous inspection to ensure the optimal functioning of your system.
Here’s a simplified guide to provide a clearer picture of the services typically undertaken during an installer’s maintenance check.
- Visual System Inspection: Thoroughly inspect all electrical hardware and cabling, identifying any potential insurable damage that might affect system performance.
- Electrical Testing of Solar Panels: Perform Direct Current (DC) electrical installation tests and inspections to assess the efficiency and health of the panels and strings.
- Testing of Inverters & Protective Devices: Conduct Alternating Current (AC) electrical installation tests on inverters, isolators, and protective devices to ensure optimal performance.
- Comprehensive Service Report: Deliver a detailed report outlining the current status of your system, including recommendations for any necessary remedial actions.
- Cleaning Advice & Quotations: Provide a professional assessment regarding the need for cleaning your solar panels and offer a quotation for the service if required.
Why IS MAINTENANCE important for solar panels?
Solar panels represent a substantial investment, often characterised by a defined payback period. To ensure you reap the full benefits throughout your system’s lifespan, it’s essential to uphold regular maintenance and checks.
While solar panels are remarkably dependable, they are continuously exposed to unpredictable British weather, making them susceptible to occasional setbacks. A proactive maintenance approach helps to mitigate deterioration, promptly address any arising issues, and safeguard both your energy output and return on investment.
Common Issues That Can Be Resolve Through Maintaining Solar Panels Correctly
- Birds Nesting Under Panels
- Dirt Built on the Panels
- Weather Related Shutdowns
- Inverter Issues
- Physical Damage
- Monitoring/Metering Malfunction
- Loose Cables
- Shading Issues
- Panel Misalignment
- Failed / Malfunctioning Isolators
- Loose Solar Panel Mounts
- Panel Misalignment
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- Vetted & Inspected Installers
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- Customer Advice Helpline
Frequently Asked Questions
These are our commonly asked questions about solar panel maintenance.
Do you need to use your original installer for your solar system servicing?
No, You’re not obligated to use your original installer for solar system maintenance, although sticking with them can have advantages like familiarity with your specific setup for more efficient service.
However, all installers who are HIES Consumer Code members are fully accredited to handle both the installation and maintenance of most solar technologies. If you’re considering switching, it’s advisable to ask potential new installers about their experience with your specific brand of solar panels, batteries, and inverters.
How often should solar panels be serviced?
Typically, an annual check-up is recommended to ensure your solar PV system operates at peak efficiency. This reduces the likelihood of catching problems that could occur before they become a major issue.
How Do I Know if My Solar Panels Are Underperforming?
Decreased energy output, higher electricity bills, and visible damage like cracks are signs your solar panels might be underperforming. A maintenance service should include performance tests to confirm the system’s efficiency.
What Happens If My Inverter Displays a Fault Code?
If your inverter displays a fault code, it’s a signal that something is wrong with your system. The meaning of the code will vary by manufacturer. Consulting your system’s user manual or contacting a solar panel installer for an inspection is advisable.