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Three Reasons Why You May Require Solar Panel Repairs

Updated: May 13

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Solar panels are a sustainable and cost-effective way to generate electricity for your home or business. However, like any other technology, solar panels can encounter issues that may require repairs. Understanding the reasons behind potential solar panel problems can help you address them promptly and ensure your system continues to operate efficiently.

Here are three common reasons why you may require solar panel repairs.

Physical Damage

Solar panels are designed to withstand various weather conditions, but they can still sustain physical damage over time. Hailstorms, falling branches or accidental impacts can cause cracks or breakages in the solar panel's glass surface. Additionally, extreme temperature fluctuations or improper installation can lead to warping or bending of the panels.

Physical damage to solar panels can significantly impact their performance and efficiency. Cracks in the glass can allow moisture to seep into the panel, leading to corrosion of the internal components. As for warped or bent panels, these may not align properly with the sun's rays, resulting in decreased energy production.

If you notice any visible damage to your solar panels, it's essential to address it promptly to prevent further deterioration.

Electrical Issues

Solar panels rely on electrical components, including wiring, inverters and connectors, to convert sunlight into usable electricity. Over time, these components may experience wear and tear or develop faults that affect the performance of the entire system. Common electrical issues that may require solar panel repairs include:

  • Faulty wiring: Loose or damaged wiring can disrupt the flow of electricity from the solar panels to the inverter and ultimately to your home or business.

  • Inverter failure: The inverter is a critical component of a solar panel system responsible for converting DC electricity generated by the panels into AC electricity used by household appliances. Inverter malfunctions can result in reduced energy production or complete system shutdown.

  • Connector problems: Poorly installed or degraded connectors can cause electrical resistance and voltage drop, leading to decreased energy output and potential safety hazards.

If you notice a significant drop in energy production or experience frequent system errors or shutdowns, it's essential to have your solar panel system inspected by a qualified technician.

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors such as dust, dirt, bird droppings and tree sap can accumulate on the surface of solar panels over time, reducing their efficiency. A layer of debris blocks sunlight from reaching the photovoltaic cells, limiting the amount of electricity they can generate. Additionally, shading from nearby trees or buildings can create 'hot spots' on the panels, causing uneven heating and potential damage.

Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and vegetation management, can help mitigate the impact of environmental factors on your solar panel system. Cleaning the panels with a soft brush and mild detergent removes dirt and grime, allowing them to absorb maximum sunlight. Trimming trees or adjusting panel orientation can also minimise shading and improve overall system performance.

Reliable Solar Panel Servicing

As you can see, there are several factors that can contribute to the need for solar panel repairs. Addressing these issues promptly with the help of a professional repair service ensures your solar panel system continues to operate efficiently and provides clean, renewable energy for years to come.

Here at Sunflower Solar Solutions, we offer comprehensive solar services from installation through to regular maintenance, servicing and repairs. Get in touch with us today.

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