If you choose to figure out what is going wrong with your solar panels make sure that you are safe! However, we highly recommend having our team inspect and clean your panels to make sure it is done right.
Do solar panels require a lot of maintenance?
The great great thing about solar panels is that they do not require a lot of maintenance. However, it is still important to get them checked regularly to ensure safe and optimal solar energy output. According to nrel.gov, routine maintenance on solar photovoltaic (pv) systems ensures efficient, safe, and reliable process operations for your unit.
Most issues with solar panels are related to electrical output, which is why the majority of solar companies, like Semper Solaris, recommend implementing a monitoring system for your solar electricity production.
Whatever you do, please consult professionals for any service on your solar energy system. Solar repair can be incredibly dangerous: we want you and your family to be safe. It is important that you consult an expert before making any quick fixes, routine maintenance or solar repairs for the safety of you and your family.
Solar Panel Maintenance
Even if your solar energy panels are not experiencing any troubles yet, Semper Solaris can help make sure your solar power stays efficient and productive for a longer time. We are the National Residential Dealer of the Year and one of the best California solar companies. We also have the expertise to care for your system and let you know exactly what’s going on with your solar energy!
Solar System Check-Up
Solar panels are usually a low maintenance addition to any home. You should check your solar panels for any dust or debris 2 to 4 times per year to make sure everything is working correctly. Semper Solaris has a fair maintenance cost, and our solar maintenance services are very thorough!
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Full system diagnostic including:
Select blue list items to learn more about the solar diagnostic service included in our solar check-up service.
- Inspection of Main Interconnection Breaker
The breaker on your solar system serves as overcurrent protection. Circuit breakers are one of the most essential electrical components of a home, both for convenience and safety, and the same goes for your solar panel system. Circuit breakers prevent too much electricity from flowing through a panel and short-circuiting it or causing an electrical fire. In other electrical systems, a fuse is the safety mechanism, and when too much charge flows through the system, the fuse will disintegrate to protect the rest of the system. This is called “blowing a fuse,” and every time a fuse is blown, it has to be replaced. Instead, a circuit breaker opens a circuit when there’s too much charge, protecting your system without having to replace fuses. We inspect your interconnection breaker for any damage, wear and tear, or improper model use.
- Inspection of all connections between Main Service and Inverter
- Inspection of all connections between Solar Panels and Inverter
- Cleaning of Inverter
The inverter on your solar panel system converts the power that the panels produce (direct current) into energy that your home can use (alternating current). Without the inverter, no matter how much energy your panels produce, you won’t be able to use any of it. If there are any issues with your inverter, you may be getting less energy out of your system than you could be. In fact, with a faulty inverter, you could be producing plenty of energy but not receiving it in your home! At Semper Solaris, we inspect the connections between the inverter, your main service, and the solar panels to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth. We also thoroughly clean the inverter to keep it at peak performance.
- Analysis of systems compliance with current building and fire code
As with all other home fire code initiatives, the fire department and government departments create fire codes for solar panel installation in order to keep homeowners safe. When installed safely and according to code, solar panels do not pose a danger to your home. However, when not up to code, solar panels could inhibit access to the roof of your home or could not have enough ventilation between the panel and the roof. These codes allow for proper smoke ventilation in the case of a fire that reaches the roof, and also for enough access to your roof to put out any fires. These fire codes also restrict where wiring systems can be placed, especially those involving direct current, so that your risk of an electrical fire is greatly reduced. Sometimes, unprofessional or negligent installers may not properly install your system according to the fire safety code, putting your home at risk. Semper Solaris installers will provide a full inspection of your system and address anything that doesn’t comply.
- Replacement of all wire nuts with heavy-duty equipment
The most common point of failure in all Solar systems is the wire splice connections, also known as wire nuts. Some uninformed solar panel installers use improper wire nuts or techniques when installing solar panel systems to connect multiple wires together. Some wire nuts are not intended to withstand moisture, and should never be used outdoors. When used in an outdoor electrical system like solar panels, they can corrode and damage your system.
Most wire nuts are also not built to withstand high heat, which often occurs in the sunny areas that solar panel systems are installed. They can melt, causing a short in between the wires that they connect. Unfortunately, Semper Solaris has spotted the use of improper wire nuts and techniques in many installations by other Contractors. When we evaluate your system, we will replace all existing connections to err on the side of caution.
- Perform shading tests
It’s crucial to be sure that your system is performing at its absolute best. One of the biggest enemies of peak solar performance is shade that covers your panels. No matter how durable or efficient your panels are, if they’re blocked by shade, they won’t work as well.
As studies have shown, shade can drastically drop the amount of energy you receive from your system. Let Semper Solaris inspect your system for any possible obstructions, shadows, or material that could block your system from working. We will conduct tests in order to calculate how the surrounding area and shade affects your system, and will assess your options for getting rid of any problems.
- Inspection of monitoring equipment
- Migration of customers monitoring site to Semper Solaris servers
- Report findings and system performance
- 90-day warranty on all repairs
If you are experiencing any concerns or issues with your existing solar power system, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have excellent solar experts who are capable of diagnosing and fixing any solar energy problems you may be experiencing in your home.
We know how vexing it can be to have a malfunctioning solar energy system. We also know how to fix them! We provide immediate and thorough solar power assistance. If there’s a problem, we will help you fix it.
How do solar panels work?
A solar panel, or photo-voltaic (PV) module, is an installation of photo-voltaic cells mounted to a panel. The way that solar panels work is by permitting photons, or particles of light, to thump free floating electrons, creating a progression of electrical power that generates a flow of electricity.
In order for photo-voltaic cells to be beneficial, they need to establish an electric field. Much like a magnetic field, which happens due to inversely charged shafts, an electric field happens when inverse electrical charges are isolated. Solar panels are usually made out of layers of silicon, phosphorous (which provides negative charge), and boron (which provides positive charge).
How often do solar panels need to be cleaned?
Does it make a difference?
It depends on how dirty your solar panels get. Cleaning debris, dust, dirt, and leaves off of your panels is beneficial but not always necessary for your solar panels to continue functioning properly.
Generally, it is recommended to clean your solar panel 2 – 4 times per year. If the panels are covered in leaves, you can use a leaf blower to remove them from your solar panels. You can use water to clean your solar panels. Cleaning panels with a hose can rinse off dust, dirt and debris. If the hose does not seem to be effective then you can use a soft sponge with soap and water. Just remember to rinse the soap off afterwards. Cleaning your panels is part of our solar maintenance services.
Another option is to install more panels or a slightly larger solar panel system. This can yield more output than what you are losing. For example, one extra solar panel from Semper Solaris on a 20 panel unit can yield around an extra 5% of productivity on average.
Can damaged solar panels be repaired?
Solar panels can be damaged from improper installation, extreme weather, or other situations that cause stress to the system. Damaged panels can’t generate as much power, but may still be able to produce voltage. However, the exposure to the elements could lead to additional damage to the cells, causing the panels to stop working.
For example, at Semper Solaris, we only utilize the most effective and efficient solar panels on the market. They come with a 25-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, which means that they’re built to last with little to no work on the homeowner’s part.
To determine whether a solar panel can be repaired, it is best to consult a professional. Your panels may be covered by a warranty, so ask a solar expert if your damaged system is covered. Semper Solaris is dedicated to providing customers with informed guidance.
Home solar system services
Even if your solar power system is working well, it’s important to get it checked out regularly to ensure safe and optimal solar energy usage. According to energy.gov, solar photovoltaic (pv) systems require, “routine, periodic maintenance.” Even if your solar energy panels are not experiencing any troubles yet, Semper Solaris would love to help make sure your solar power stays efficient and productive for a long time.
Whatever you do, please consult professionals with any service on your solar energy system. Solar repair can be incredibly dangerous, and we want you and your family to be safe. It is important that you consult an expert with any quick fixes, routine maintenance or solar repairs for the safety of you and your family. We are the National Residential Dealer of the Year and one of the best California solar companies, we have the expertise to care for your system and let you know exactly what’s going on with your solar energy!