If your newly-installed solar PV system is not functioning in your home, Jumping Cable Solar Homes can help you install and repair it. We can also upgrade, maintain, as well as clean the systems we or even third parties have installed, except for Solar Thermal Systems that were fitted by other companies.
Solar energy systems often need regular inspections as well as maintenance for efficiency. Although you can do the inspections and maintenance on your own, some issues may need to be handled by a skilled technician.
1. List of Regular Solar Inspections
Here are the most regular problems that solar system components experience. You should also check your system’s manual for the suggested maintenance schedule.
The shading on your panels can affect their efficiency and performance. Always check during the day, especially during mid-morning and mid-afternoon. If there isn’t any new vegetation growth in your area, infrastructure, like new construction at your home or from your neighbor can affect your shading, especially if they weren’t there at the time the solar panels were installed.
If your panels have been collecting dust or soil, their performance will also be affected. Since it’s blocking the panels from the sun, they will now be able to collect enough energy. Make sure to check regularly and make a cleaning schedule, especially for areas in dry and dusty climates.
4. Glazing and Leaking
If you’re still having trouble, find any cracks in the collector glazing. Also, inspect if the seals aren’t broken. If you opted for plastic glazing, replace it once it has turned yellow. If there are leaks in your ceiling, use some sealant while you wait for a professional to handle the repairs.
Make sure the wires aren’t corroded or damaged. All wires should also be tight and secured. If you find that one of the wires has been damaged, it’s best to call a professional first before replacing the whole panel.
6. Piping, wiring, and duct Insulation
If the insulation on your wiring, piping, and duct has been damaged, it can also contribute to your panel’s inefficiency.
Avoid your panels from slipping by checking your structures are supported by tight nuts and bolts.