Solar panels are a unique source of energy, and so are the challenges associated with owning one.
Notably, they are pretty maintenance-free, and most problems, if not all, are avoidable if you use an experienced installer.
Regardless, it doesn’t harm familiarizing yourself with the notorious solar panel issues and learning how to solve them.
1. Defective Solar Inverter
Solar panels are durable, with lifespans extending over 20 years. Unfortunately, on the flip side, solar inverters aren’t so long-lasting.
Typically, a solar inverter can last between 5 and 15 years, depending on the manufacturer and other aspects.
In case you’re wondering, a solar inverter is the part of the solar panel responsible for converting the solar energy from direct current into alternating current, which is used at home.
Your solar inverter can become faulty due to any of the following reasons:
• Loose wiring
• Faulty PV breaker
• Voltage fluctuation
• Short circuit
Routine check-ups from an engineer can extend your solar inverters life.
However, before phoning one for maintenance or repair, check the manufacturer’s terms to ensure that your warranty remains valid.
2. Internal Corrosion/wiring Issues
You might experience problems with home solar panels if moisture penetrates the solar panel film.
Besides, creatures nesting under the panel can interfere with the wiring, causing faults in the connection.
As mentioned earlier, barricading the solar panel is the only way to prevent animal intruders.
On the other hand, you can prevent internal corrosion by ensuring:
• The solar vacuum is tight
• No micro-line cracks are visible
• Lamination on the sheet is intact
3. Birds Nesting Under the Solar Panel
The space between the roof and the solar panel makes an ideal shelter for birds and other small creatures.
Besides providing warmth and shelter, solar panels also provide much-needed shade from the scorching sun.
If birds are nesting under your solar panel, you can expect the plate to be covered in poo, reducing the surface area for absorption of energy.
Consequently, you’ll need to clean the droppings regularly. Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with green algae, which requires professional cleaning.
The only way to deter birds from snuggling under your solar panel is by installing barriers around the panel’s exterior.
4. Low-efficiency Rating
Do not underestimate the efficiency rating of a solar PV system.
Currently, the typical efficiency rating for solar panels in the marketplace is 15-18%.
However, you should know that a 4kW system can drastically lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
Would you be surprised that most times, your solar panel generates more power than you need in the homestead?
Investing in a solar battery will ensure you store this extra power to use at night when the sun is down.
When installing your solar panel, engage the technician to ensure that you find the best spot on the roof.
Another great tip to maximize your solar panel’s efficiency is to consider the material in use before buying the panel.
5. Faulty Installation
The primary reason why a solar panel would be installed wrongly is hiring an imposter.
Some of the issues associated with faulty installation include:
• Disrupted water flow
• Inconsistent power supply
• Damaged roof
• Solar panel not aligned with other panels
Luckily, plenty of expert and certified solar experts can help with installation, repair, routine maintenance, etc.
Overall, most of the solar panel problems are avoidable.
You can keep these issues at bay by tracking your system’s performance and inspecting it routinely.
Alternatively, you can hire a professional to do that for you.