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Solar panels systems are largely a fit and forget installation, but there are some things that you still need to watch out for.With no moving parts, a solar panel system is fairly maintenance and trouble-free. However, it will need minor maintenance throughout its lifetime. Without monitoring capabilities, its almost impossible to see whether your system is working properly or even working at all. Weve compiled a list of checks you will need to do on your system.
Panel WashingSolar panels are usually self-cleaning and with a bit of rain, most of the debris will wash away but as we all know theres always some stubborn dirt that wont budge. Cleaning your panels is a good way to help keep the productivity of your system high, a bit of dirt could affect a whole module and in some cases a whole system. We recommend finding a reputable, local panel cleaner as its not as simple as using tap water as it leaves traces of salt and minerals on the panels. As professional panel cleaner will use purified water and soft bristles to wash the solar panels and then leave them to dry.
Module deteriorationSolar panels are all connected using strings of DC (direct current) cable and connectors, over time the weather can eventually get to the connectors and cause resistant problems. Although uncommon it will severely affect your solar panel system. The best way to check is either checking your monitoring portal during periods of bad weather and throughout winter periods. If you cant monitor your panels through a monitoring portal, then its a good idea to check your inverters screen to see if its functioning properly without any error messages.
ShadingWhen you install solar panels, its obviously good practice to minimise the amount of shading that will cover your panels. However, over time things change and you could end up in a situation where a building development or tree has shaded your solar system. In which case you will either need to remove the object shading your system or your system may have to be moved to another location. If the latter is the case, then get in touch with our team in Narberth by calling 01834 888330.
System Performance ReviewIts a good idea to get a local solar pv company to thoroughly check through your solar panel system by performing a system performance review. Its like getting your car serviced each year to prolong the performance of the system. The electrician will systematically check your solar pv system is working and working efficiently. They will check for things such Deterioration of the system mounting including the electrical components Determine module function and insulation resistance Check overall productivity in comparison with original estimates Offer advice on self-consumption and system monitoring going forward. To book a system performance review, then get in touch with our team by calling 01834 888330.