How to Perform a Checkup on Your Photovoltaic Panel System

How to Perform a Checkup on Your Photovoltaic Panel System

If you're among those who have installed solar panels at home, you should know that care and periodic checks are key to ensuring your system operates efficiently. In this guide, we'll show you how to inspect and maintain your solar panels at home, keeping them in optimal condition.

Before you begin, it's important to note that, in addition to routine checks you can perform yourself, you should have a qualified team conduct a detailed review of your home system every two years. This ensures proper and safe operation. However, you can perform some simple checks on your own between these professional inspections.

Spring and autumn are the best times to check solar panels. During these seasons, sun exposure is better, and weather conditions are more suitable for safe inspections.

Visual Inspection: Assessing Overall Condition

Start by conducting a simple visual inspection of the solar panels. Look for obvious signs of damage, dirt, or obstructions that could affect system performance. This straightforward process can prevent more significant and costly damage in the future. What are the steps?

Inspect the panel surfaces: Ensure there are no scratches or cracks on the solar panels. Any damage to the glass can impact efficiency. 
Clean off dirt or dust: Remove dirt or dust from the panels with water and a soft cloth. Dirty panels can absorb less sunlight.
Check connections and cables: Ensure all connections are tight, and there are no exposed or damaged wires. A loose connection can lead to energy loss.

Monitoring Energy Production
Another way to verify your system's efficiency is by monitoring energy production. Most solar systems come equipped with performance monitors, but if yours doesn't, you can perform manual checks:

Review energy bills: Compare your monthly energy bills to ensure energy production remains efficient. A significant drop should alert you to potential issues.
Observe performance on sunny days: On sunny days, check if the solar panels are producing energy as efficiently as before. Simple observations can indicate if performance is affected.

Last but not least, it's essential to check the tilt and orientation of the panels. If you have adjustable panels, make sure they're correctly positioned. Panels should face south in the northern hemisphere or north in the southern hemisphere to maximize sun exposure. The tilt angle should be set according to your location's latitude. The correct angle helps capture more sunlight.

As responsible consumers of solar energy, inspecting and maintaining your solar panel system plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal performance and extending the system's lifespan. With these simple checks, you can enjoy the benefits of solar energy for many years. A thorough technical inspection is needed every 2-3 years, during which a licensed specialist can check all electrical connections, the inverter, the panel support structure, and all other essential components. Using specialized tools, they will detect any potential issues such as faulty solar cells, loose connections, or corrosion. At the end of the inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report confirming the system's condition.

Balkans Power Core is the reliable partner you need for periodic checks - you can contact us here, and our experts will be available to assist with any questions or emergencies you may encounter.