Updated: Jun 5
Home solar panels are an outstanding investment because they help reduce or eliminate energy bills, preserve natural resources, and protect the environment. Deciding to have panels installed by a professional contractor will provide you with many benefits without much upkeep. However, you may encounter a few hiccups along your solar panel ownership journey that need to be addressed.
To expand the lifespan of your solar power system and ensure they work optimally at all times, here are some of their common problems you should be aware of:
– Birds Nesting
Birds look and sound lovely, but they can cause significant damage to your solar systems. Even with an impeccable installation job, they can nest under your solar panels and do some major damage, especially if they soil or scratch them. If you notice birds on your roof, consider installing bird deterrent solutions such as mesh wire, spikes, and plastic strips to keep them from squeezing underneath.
Many homeowners also consider having roof-integrated panels installed along with their solar panels. These are the most effective way to prevent birds from nesting because they are customized and built directly onto your home, ensuring no gaps.
– Inverter Problems
Solar panels work with an inverter that transforms direct current from the sun to an alternating current. Like any other electrical component, though, inverters wear out within 10-15 years. Some inverter problems you may experience are caused by the solar array having a faulty cable or panel and the inverter detecting this.
If your inverter is showing an error message, get in touch with your installation company. They will look at the solar PV breaker in the consumer unit and make sure it is in an upright position. The inverter is what generates electricity for the solar panels, so it has to be constantly running as it should.
Proper installation by a certified contractor will ensure that your inverter works properly and only needs to be replaced at the end of its lifespan.
– Electrical Issues
Your house may have major electrical issues, which can affect your solar panels’ performance. This may be due to faulty wiring caused by corrosion, oxidation, or loose connections involving electricity production. Thus, avoid tampering with the wiring system on your own. If any electrical problems arise, calling an electrician is always best.
Micro-cracks are tiny cracks on the solar panels that mainly occur due to thermal and seasonal conditions, PV module production, and careless handling during shipping. These are hard to see with the naked eyes and can get worse over time. Working with a certified and reputable company will ensure that you get quality products and proper installation so that this problem can be avoided entirely.
– Hot Spots
Hot spots occur when the solar panels get too warm and overload, degrading their functioning and making them irreparable. They are caused by poorly soldered connections or accumulated dirt that can affect the performance and lifespan of the panels. Make sure you avoid working with under-qualified or unlicensed contractors. Solar panels are a significant investment, so working with the experts is always the best way to get the most out of your money.
Installing solar panels at home offers many benefits, but just like any other apparatuses, they are not perfect and can be vulnerable to wear and tear and manufacturing defects. Fortunately, you can ensure they work for as long as possible by taking note of the problems you can encounter in the future and working with professionals like us. Professional contractors will not only provide you with quality products in the first place, but they will also be available to offer solutions to any issues that may arise along the way.
If you are interested in installing residential solar panels in Edmonton, reach out to Kite Electric. Our fully certified electricians offer customized projects to meet your unique needs and budget. Request a free solar appraisal today!