Do My Solar Panels Need Servicing?

Many people these days are talking about solar energy. Whether you’re ready to switch to solar or are just curious about the technology, you’ve probably got some questions. One of the most common questions we hear is whether or not solar panels need servicing.

This post will break down what you need to know about solar panel maintenance and how to keep your panels in good condition to avoid paying a high electricity bill.

Why Get Solar Panels Serviced?

  • Keep your solar panels working at maximum efficiency
  • Know you are saving every cent possible from your power bills
  • Looks clean and shiny
  • Performance, with your system maintained, you can expect to see your Solar System’s Performance improve.
  • Warranty – Systems can come with warranties that have clauses to maintain your system to avoid voiding your warranty.

How Do You Maintain Solar Panels?

Before we start talking about solar panel maintenance, it’s important to point out that you should get an annual service or at least every 2 years. If you notice your bills going up and think your solar panels are not working properly call us for an inspection straight away. 

There are several things you can do at home to keep your solar system in good condition, these should be performed by professional electricians not DIY solar cleaning. DIY can be dangerous but unless you are a qualified solar electrician you do not know what to look for. What we do during solar maintenance includes;

  • Clean dust and dirt off the panels regularly – this will help maximise efficiency and reduce wear and tear on the inverter.
  • Check the wiring and connections – if any of them look damaged or worn, we replace them.
  • Check that no leaves or other debris have fallen onto your roof or blocked vents leading into the inverter (these need to be kept clear at all times).

How Safe is Rooftop Solar?

Solar systems are designed to be as safe as possible. The inverters have built-in safety features, and the panels themselves have an impact-resistant glass surface. The panels are also highly weather resistant. They can withstand hail, high winds, rain, and frost without issue. But frost can freeze the valve so if you notice something amiss after a cold-weather patch give us a call. Solar panels are also designed to last for over a decade but with yearly maintenance much longer.

How Does Weather Affect Solar Panels?

High winds and rain should not damage solar panels as they are built to withstand this. Especially if you use a certified solar installer like us as we do not use cheaply made solar panels. But severe weather could cause damage so after an extreme weather event call us for a solar inspection. Otherwise, weather damage is something we inspect during solar maintenance.

What do you get with a solar service from Max Power?

  • Qualified Clean Energy Solar electrician.
  • Full audit of your system.
  • Full written report and photos of all testing we carry out.
  • The report and inspection not only protect your investment but ensure compliance with local supply authority requirements of having your system maintained.
  • We fix anything minor as part of our service while on-site.
  • If we find anything major then this would be quoted for approval once you have been fully advised.
  • Check all connections at switchboard and inverter plus inspect AC-DC isolators to ensure no issues.
  • Assess the age of the system vs the output of the system to confirm the product is as expected which will determine if there is an issue.
  • Check the bill if the client has any issues as these can be very confusing.
  • Make any recommendations regarding preventative maintenance.
  • Cleaning the system is recommended at every service at an additional cost but in some cases not always required depending on installation location and site specifics.

Solar Electricians Melbourne

When you need an electrician in Melbourne for your home or business, then look no further than Max Power Electrical. Located in our NEW office in Mill Park, Melbourne, we are home to a team of skilled electricians in Melbourne available to provide electrical services to most areas of Metro Melbourne. Max Power Electrical was established in 2004, and since then, has grown as a respected, established electrical business with a fantastic reputation for delivering high-quality electrical work to our clients. And our work doesn’t just stop at residential properties either. Our Melbourne electricians are experienced in commercial and industrial work, in addition to residential work. We specialise in solar and are a certified solar installer, we can take care of everything and perform maintenance on existing solar systems also.