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.
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.
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:
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:
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.