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How To Tell If Your Solar Panels Are Working?

How To Tell If Your Solar Panels Are Working?


Once your solar panels are installed, it can be difficult to assess whether they are operating at peak efficiency. Generally, if you have chosen a reputable and trustworthy company for the installation, you should not encounter any significant issues. Solar panels are engineered to be durable and require minimal maintenance, often lasting for many years without problems.

However, for those moments when you want to ensure your solar panels are in good working order, performing a quick health check is advisable. Here’s an easy-to-follow checklist to help you verify the condition and performance of your solar panels:

  1. Check your app. If you’ve installed solar panels in the last few years, it’s likely that you have access to Wi-Fi monitoring. This feature allows you to connect your inverter to your home internet, enabling you to monitor your solar system’s performance through a dedicated app or desktop portal.
  2. Check the inverter. Some issues are not caused by the solar panels at all, but are instead caused by the inverter. Your solar inverter usually sits on the wall next to your meter box and you’ll be able to see if there are any error codes showing or any flashing lights.
  3. Check the solar panels. Are you maintaining your solar panels? Debris can affect how well the solar panels are working so make sure you’re cleaning them regularly. Thankfully, cleaning solar panels is simple, and won’t take you long. It’s also good to check for signs of wear and tear or any corrosion and cracks that could be causing the solar panels to stop working at their full capacity. Read more: What’s involved in solar power maintenance?
  4. Check your power bill. Are you seeing some major inconsistencies with your power bill? This might be a sign that your solar panels are not working the way they’re supposed to.
  5. Check the battery. Does your solar system have a battery, too? If so, it might need to be charged or it might be faulty.
  6. Check the mounting hardware. Have your solar panels been securely mounted? If the angle or positioning of the panels is not right, bad weather could damage the connections or the panels themselves.

Choosing the right solar installer is crucial when getting solar panels. However, if you’ve moved into a home that already had solar panels installed, you may not have had the opportunity to select the installer yourself. In such cases, if you’re uncertain whether your solar panels are functioning properly, it’s wise to have a professional inspect them.

Your solar panels should provide a noticeable reduction in your electricity bill. If you’re not experiencing these benefits, there could be an issue with the panels’ performance or their initial installation. By having a professional assess the system, you can ensure that your solar panels are working correctly and efficiently, allowing you to fully benefit from the investment.

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