Like any asset you rely on to get the job done, regular maintenance and servicing keeps your solar system looking and performing at its best. Solar energy is about getting the maximum return on investment, with the minimum impact on the environment, so ensuring your system is looked after can help keep it running for longer and with maximum performance.
Looking after your solar panels is an easy task to overlook - After all, they are on your roof, quietly harnessing clean energy for your home or business. We make it simple by offering straight forward and comprehensive servicing and cleaning services, on demand.
The importance of maintaining your solar panel system
Servicing your system means ensuring safety as well as efficiency. Your solar panel system is an important piece of machinery with a live current running through it, which can present dangers if not properly maintained by qualified professionals.
Potential issues with solar systems include:
- Damage from natural causes, e.g bush fires, earthquakes or extreme wind events
- The deterioration of cable insulation over time
- Failure of defective components, or improper installation issues
- Corrosion or components filling with water
- Animals chewing cables or damaging components
The cost of your solar system servicing may even be offset by the improvement in efficiency you’ll experience afterwards, making it a cost-effective investment.
Frequently asked questions about Solar Panel Servicing
What is involved in the process?
We will perform a solar review, which involves inspecting your system for issues, looking for corrosion, debris and deterioration. This includes vents, switches, inverters and panels - No element is overlooked, as we ensure your system is functioning at its best.
Can you service my solar panels even if another company installed them?
Absolutely. While Choice Energy customers enjoy a 60-month maintenance service on commercial solar systems, where we regularly assess for cleaning and servicing, we are passionate about providing our high quality maintenance services to homes and businesses across Melbourne and beyond. Regular maintenance may also extend the warranty on your existing system - check your user manual to see if you qualify.
How can I check if my solar system needs to be serviced?
There are two common causes for servicing to be required for your panels:
- A drop in performance, noticeable from your rising bills or lower efficiency
- Error or fault on the inverter screen
If you're unsure on either, we encourage you to get in touch.
What happens if an issue is found?
After undertaking a visual inspection, we provide you with a detailed report of our findings. If there’s an issue, your solar maintenance specialist will have a no obligations discussion with you next steps in regards to fixing the situation to ensure you are getting the most out of your system in the future, including quotes and timelines.
Frequently asked questions about Solar Panel Cleaning
How often do I need my panels cleaned?
Cleaning depends on a range of factors, including climate and positioning. If you’re in a coastal area, or a spot with low rain and a lot of dust, you might require more frequent cleaning to accommodate for these conditions. One of our solar panel service experts can advise you on your specific needs.
Can I clean the panels myself?
As solar panel systems utilise a live current, it’s best to leave the cleaning to the professionals in case of any underlying issues within the system.
How do I know if my solar panels need cleaning?
If you’ve seen a drop in performance or are seeing an error on your inverter screen, it could be time for a deep clean. Likewise, your panels may just appear filmy or coated - a surefire way to tell it’s time to call in a pro and have them looked at.
What is involved in the cleaning?
We utilise a specific physical and chemical cleaner combination to give the panels a deep clean, and remove debris build up from beneath the panel and racking system. The result: A restored solar system that looks good as new and ready to perform efficiently.
Choice Energy, leading solar maintenance and cleaning services
Choice Energy has been the leader in energy management solutions since 2013, with over 3400 customers cared for across Australia and New Zealand.
With Clean Energy Council accredited installers, our team maintains the certifications and training to deliver high quality solar servicing and maintenance to homes and businesses. We are the service partner for leading renewable energy financiers looking to protect their investment through reliable and qualified solar maintenance solutions. As part of our commitment to helping you use less and pay less for energy we provide all commercial and residential solar maintenance customers with a complimentary energy efficiency assessment, where we go beyond the standard to discover unique ways you could be paying too much on your bills.