Sunday, 15 June 2014

Adelaide Solar Panel Maintenance Services

In order to ensure that your system is working at full capacity, there are several different checks that you can carry out that will tell you how well your system is performing. If you carry out these checks on a regular basis, you won’t have to wait until your energy bill arrives to find out that your home solar energy system is not operating at full capacity.

Check your solar inverter

On a two-weekly basis you should check your inverter display, ideally in daylight conditions late in the day—in South Australia the best time is between 4.00pm - 5.00pm. If it’s dark when you make this check, or there is very limited sun, your inverter display will be blank, but this doesn’t necessarily indicate a fault. Therefore, any checks of your solar inverter should ideally be made when there is a reasonable amount of sunlight, and little or no cloud or haze.

Check the following:
  • there are no error messages being displayed 
  • if possible, check the Peak Power display. This is often shown as Ppeak. This will be measured in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW) 
  • the energy produced today. This is usually shown as Eday or Etoday. This is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) 
If you are not familiar with the displays on your system, the manufacturer’s manual will explain where these can be found. If you don't have a copy of the manual, you should be able to download one.

Check your system’s efficiency

All home pv solar energy systems should come with documents from your solar retailer or system designer that will detail your expected energy yield. As a first step to checking the efficiency of your system, compare the results that are displayed on your solar inverter with those that your designer has supplied.

Keep a record of the readings that you take, including information such as the time and date, and what the weather conditions were like (e.g., cloudy, clear, sunny, etc.) This will then be a useful reference point for you to be able measure changes or fluctuations in your system’s performance.

If your solar inverter is underperforming

If you aren’t getting the output from your system that was predicted, or you notice a drop in performance, then it’s important that you have your system inspected as soon as possible.

We offer a comprehensive home solar inspection service for homeowners in Adelaide and throughout South Australia, and our expert team can advise you on the steps that need to be taken to ensure that you’re getting full value from your home solar system.

To find out more about solar panel maintenance, please visit our website or email us with your questions.

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