More than half of Australia’s solar panel systems work below the standard. Worse, about 14% of Australia’s solar panel systems experience major damages every year that may eventually stop them from doing their intended purpose.
These damages often start small that may continue unnoticed. That is until the homeowners notice either major damage on the solar panels or perhaps a significant increase in their electric bills. If this is the case, gone are the solar panel’s intended purpose of saving the owner some money. Check out our full blog to counter the solar panel problems.
Common Solar Panel Problems
- Inverter faults and errors
Inverters play a crucial role in the solar panel system. They “invert” the direct current output into alternating current, which is the standard for all commercial appliances that we use. As such, a single problem with the inverter is the cause of nearly half of the failures of solar panel systems. When an inverter fails, the entire system will shut down and will not produce any energy. Inverter faults are caused by a lot of potential reasons, and they would often need a qualified electrician to address the situation. Luckily, inverters have a warranty of 5 to 10 years, so you this should not worry much about dealing with this issue on your own.
- Micro fractures
Micro fractures or microcracks are a tiny form of damage within the solar cells. They can cover the entire surface of the panel, while sometimes appearing only in a small portion of a cell. You can visually inspect your solar panels to view for micro fractures. These cracks, however minor, can affect the energy output and the lifetime of the solar panel system. Avoid this through proper care. It is not advisable to replace the entire module as it would be costly.