How to maintain your rooftop solar PV system

Congratulations for installing your solar PV system, among millions of other Australian home or business-owners, you are contributing to a cleaner environment through renewable energy generation. Your solar system will be working around the clock, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and this will require some maintenance to ensure that not only the solar PV system is generating power for the home, but it is also operating safely for your property.  

It is often assumed that cleaning the front of your solar panels will be enough to maintain the system as this is all that is seen at face value however a simple solar panel clean will only ensure that no built-up debris will affect solar generation. A bit like servicing your car, maintaining it’s face value cleanliness will be a lot nicer on the eyes but when it comes to under the hood – always leave this to the professionals.

Being a live power plant, your solar system should only be inspected or serviced by a solar-technician for safety for your home and the system. During a service, your solar technician will be conducting a 16 – point check which includes:

  • PV modules
  • Inverter
  • Wiring
  • Switches
  • Site inspection
  • Panel clean (optional)

Your system should be serviced annually to ensure its compliance with product recalls and its ongoing safety for the home. By regularly checking your inverter is working normally from the LCD or your monitoring platform this will give you an insight into the operating condition of your system.

Common situations that requires a solar service will include:

  • Hearing noises from your string inverter
  • Decreased solar generation
  • Product recalls – to replace recalled products
  • Exposure of cabling from weather

If your solar system needs servicing, please contact us on 1300 40 41 42 or learn more here.