Solar panels are a great investment that every homeowner should consider. They are becoming more useful devices in this day and age where we are prioritising environmentally friendly products. Solar panels transform solar energy into heat energy and electricity, which can be used in both commercial and residential establishments.
Just like any other energy producing device, solar panel components are also prone to damages. Fortunately, it is easy to recognise faulty components of solar panels as they will affect how the solar panel performs its job.
The good news is that solar panel repairs can help resolve most of the common issues that may be affecting solar panels, as long as the repairs are done by solar engineers.
In this article, we are going to discuss some of the common solar panel faults and some of the maintenance tips for solar panels. Let’s get started!
As mentioned above, problems can develop with your solar panels. If you notice anything amiss with the way your solar panel is functioning, you should fix the issue immediately to avoid the issue from worsening.
Here are some of the most common problems that affect solar panels:
Faulty wiring can prevent your solar panel from functioning effectively and efficiently. Loose connections, oxidation, and corrosion may interfere with power production. Unless you know what you are doing or you are a qualified electrician, you shouldn’t try to fix the wiring on your own. The best thing to do is to contact a licensed electrician to come and inspect the solar panel properly.
These are also common issues with solar panels. They can also compromise the effectiveness of your solar panel. Micro-cracks are tiny cracks on the solar panel, which are quite hard to notice with naked eyes. However, with time and weather changes, these cracks can grow, making them more visible. Micro-cracks may be caused by PV modules production, bad handling during the shipping process, and changes in temperature or other weather conditions. The decision to repair these micro-cracks will generally depend on how and where the panels have been installed. If the panel is installed on the roof, it will have to be dismounted entirely.
Hot spots are among the most common problems with solar panels. They can affect the effectiveness of your solar panel and even render it irreparable. Hot spots generally happen when your solar panel gets too warm. Hot spots are caused by a number of things, such as the accumulation of dirt and debris on the panels and badly soldered connections that may lead to low resistance in the part of the solar panel that produces power. Of course, this problem will affect the performance of your solar panel and even reduce its lifespan.
PID stands for potential induced degradation. It may occur as a result of the voltage difference between the solar panel and the earthing. When this happens, it leads to a unstable percentage of discharged voltage in the power circuit. The PID effect can significantly degrade the performance and efficiency of the solar panel and lower its lifespan. Fortunately, a solar panel contractor can help resolve the issue and stabilise the performance of the solar panel.
Solar panel maintenance is crucial. Not only will regular maintenance improve your solar panel performance, but it will also increase it’s lifespan. Luckily, solar panels require minimal maintenance to function. So you don’t have to worry that you will be spending a considerable amount of money on the solar panel’s maintenance. Below are tips to help you maintain your solar panels:
You need to service your solar panel regularly by cleaning it and removing debris. If you live in an area that receives rainfall the entire year, the rainwater is enough to clean your solar panel. Too much dust can reduce the panels performance. This is why you need to clean your solar panels regularly. When cleaning the system, don’t use hot water or detergents on the solar panel. You need to use spray water on the panel and use a non-abrasive sponge to clean the solar panel.
Another tip to help you care for your solar panel is by scheduling regular inspections. The inspection should be done by an expert. The solar panel contractor will tighten any loose parts and even monitor solar accessories for any faulty signs. You should never attempt to inspect the solar panel on your own. Climbing on top of the roof can be very dangerous, that’s why you should leave it to solar engineers.
If you notice any fault with your solar panel, have it repaired immediately. This will prevent the problem from worsening. It can also help you save more money than waiting to fix the issue when the damage is severe. Remember to contact a solar panel contractor to do the necessary repairs.
Without a doubt, those lovely birds you see on your roof can cause damage to your solar panel. They can nest under the panels and prevent the panel from doing its job efficiently. In addition to that, these birds carry diseases and parasites that may make your family sick. So if you notice birds starting to gather on your roof, you need to consider bird proofing to prevent birds from nesting on your solar panel.
If you live in Edinburgh or elsewhere in Scotland and you need help with repairing, cleaning, servicing and maintaining your solar panels, you should contact our local solar panel engineers. Our professionals specialise in the installation, repair, and maintenance of solar panels. They have the skills, experience, and training to handle all types of solar panel repairs. In addition to that, they will guarantee safety when working on your PV system.
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