Solar Panels Inspection

Solar panels require regular inspection in order to maintain proper performance and operation, as well as to reduce any risks that come with your power supply.

Servicing Your Solar Panels

Solar panels are a great, eco-friendly, and renewable power supply for households looking to minimise their energy usage, decrease their monthly energy bills and take advantage of the natural power of the Australian sun. In order to maintain the best power supply, and keep your home safe, regular inspections are a necessary part of solar panel ownership.

How do I know if my solar panels need an inspection?

The general recommendation is to service panels every five years, different manufactures may have specific guidelines and it’s important to know and follow these. Fluctuations in the power supply may also be an indication that it’s time for a service.

One way to determine whether there are issues with your solar panels is to inspect their performance through the supply you’re generating.=

Many solar systems include a panel monitoring system that shows you how much energy the panels are generating, as well as historical data to show its past performance. If you notice a significant discrepancy between output over the last month and output from previous months, it may be due to issues with the panels.

If you don’t have a monitoring system, checking your utility bills can give you a similar understanding. If your energy bills are higher than usual, it may be due to your solar power supply being lower, and on-grid electricity being used. However, make sure to note any other reasons for higher bills – as changes in weather or seasonal equipment may have an impact on your energy use.

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Who can inspect my solar panels?

We strongly advise you get a licensed professional to inspect your panels, as there can be numerous hazards in checking on solar panels. Some of the possible risks that certified technicians are trained to handle include:

  • Solar panels don’t work in the same way as your power grid – switching them off doesn’t remove the possibility of electric shock. A technician handles components carefully while considering these possible risks.
  • Roof-installed solar panels pose additional threats to your safety – a technician has experience moving and handling the panels in these conditions.

What to expect from a solar system inspection

A licensed technician will inspect and service all components of a solar system to ensure both the safety of your household and the optimal performance of your solar installation.

A service generally includes:

  • Check that solar panels are clean, secure, and free of defects
  • Check for deterioration/corrosion
  • Remove debris
  • Check switches for defects, and water ingress
  • Check wiring for damage/deterioration
  • Ensure optimal operation of all electrical components
  • Confirm fittings and cables are securely attached
  • Review inverter display panel for recorded faults
  • Check emergency procedures are displayed
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Book an inspection today

If you have noticed discrepancies in your solar system’s performance or electricity production, or are due for a service, reach out to the experienced team at NXTGEN Group. We service across Melbourne, and work safely and efficiently to ensure your solar panels are running smoothly. For all enquiries and to book a service, call us on 03 9016 4337.