Everything You Need to Know About Solar Panel Repair

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Solar panels are a great alternative energy source that is powered by the sun. Before installing solar panels  it is important to understand how solar panels work, what maintenance they need and how solar panel system repairs are carried out. If you have solar panels already installed and need repairs done, a quick internet search for solar panel repairs near me will bring up a list of companies who do solar power repairs, but it is always a good idea to do a little further research before just picking the first solar repair company you find. 
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Matt Messer, one of our solar experts during a Solar Repair and Maintenance Service

What are Solar Panels?

Solar panels are panels that are used to convert the light from the sun into electricity. This electricity is then used to power a range of different electrical loads. Each solar panel is made up of several individual solar cells. The cells are further made up of layers of silicon, phosphorus and boron. The panels absorb the photons and this initiates the electrical current. This energy then allows for the electrons to be knocked about and released into the electric field that the solar cells have generated, they are then pulled into a directional current. Solar panels can be used for a variety of applications from powering homes to powering large equipment. Whether you are looking for a residential solar service or a commercial solar system repair company, it is a good idea to learn a little more about how solar panels work. 

There are many reasons why people switch over to solar panels, they do come with many benefits but they also do need to need to be maintained correctly to ensure that any repairs that need to be done are done timeously.  A search for solar system repair near me will help you to find a qualified solar repair company. 

Common Solar Panels Repairs

Solar panels get installed on the roofs of buildings which means they are exposed to elements which means they do sometimes get damaged or broken. It is important to repair your solar panels as soon as you notice they have broken, leaving the broken panels for too long could result in the repair costing you even more. 

 

  1. Broken Glass Panel: Each panel is protected by tempered glass, so will take a lot for the glass of each panel to break. Severe weather conditions could result in the glass breaking. Your panel may still be able to function, even with the broken glass but the output will be affected and you should get the panels fixed as soon as you notice the glass is cracked.

  2. Cracked Panel: Cracks in the panel can happen for a variety of reasons. It is essential that as soon as you spot the crack you do a quick search for a solar panel repair service near me. The quicker you address any cracks in your panels, the quicker they can be repaired and the less likely they are to cause major damage. 
  3. Loose Connection Repair: It is possible for connections within your solar panels to become undone. These cells need to be repaired by a professional in solar panel repair. 

How Often Should You Carry Out Maintenance on Your Solar Panels?

Generally solar panels require very little maintenance during their 30 year life span. They are installed on the outside of your roof and so do collect dust, dirt, leaves and other debris. You will need to clean off this dirt and debris as they prevent the panel from receiving the full rays of the sun. If you live in areas that receive high snowfall, you will need to clean off your panels more regularly. 

How do you Clean your Solar Panels?

Solar panels are installed at an angle and this means that when it rains the panels will naturally be cleaned and cleared of debris that may have built up. If you live in dry areas that don’t have rainfall regularly, it is important to manually clean off the build up of leaves and other dirt.

Depending on where you live you should aim to clean off your panels between two and four times a year. You can simply use a leaf blower or a hose pipe to clean off the panels. Alternatively you can hire solar maintenance pros who will be able to clean the panels for you.

Overall solar panels are very easy to maintain and repairs aren’t that common, especially if you maintain your solar panels. If your solar panels do need to be repaired it is best to call in the experts by using Google to find a list of solar panel repair companies near me. The same applies if you are moving or need additional panels, then narrow your search down to solar panel removal and install near me to find the righ solar company or solar technicians to assist you.

Matthew Messer, Solar Expert

By Matthew Messer, Solar Expert & CEO of NYSM

December 7, 2020

Why our clients trust us: 

We had solar installed in 2016 and due to a reoccurring leak over our patio and our original installer needing 8 months to get to our house, we had NYSM complete the ...
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Ash
We had solar installed in 2016 and due to a reoccurring leak over our patio and our original installer needing 8 months to get to our house, we had NYSM complete the removal and reinstallation for us. The crew arrived early, worked very quickly without taking a break, and seemed to be really honest and nice. They left the roof and property in clean condition and I wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again if I’m in need of a solar service provider near me.
Matt and his team were very professional and affordable. The crew showed up to our house in Westchester in masks and put back up the system they had taken down ...
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Blake
Matt and his team were very professional and affordable. The crew showed up to our house in Westchester in masks and put back up the system they had taken down three weeks ago. They had us wait until our new roof had two heavy rains on it to be sure it didn’t leak before they reinstalled it which I think is very wise. If you’re looking for solar service provider, I would definitely recommend them.
Great solar service help. The guys worked quickly and efficiently. It took them the full day to remove our 55 panel system and they finished right before it started raining. When ...
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Lauren
Great solar service help. The guys worked quickly and efficiently. It took them the full day to remove our 55 panel system and they finished right before it started raining. When they came back to complete the reinstallation, which took two days, they put the array back right where it was and even blew the leaves out of our gutters. Good price and good communications for a solar service provider.
Great solar service help. The guys worked quickly and efficiently. It took them the full day to remove our 55 panel system and they finished right before it started raining. When ...
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Chris
Great solar service help. The guys worked quickly and efficiently. It took them the full day to remove our 55 panel system and they finished right before it started raining. When they came back to complete the reinstallation, which took two days, they put the array back right where it was and even blew the leaves out of our gutters. Good price and good communications for a solar service provider.
Matt from NY Solar Maintenance and Repair was lovely to deal with in every way. He was recommended by the company that acquired the firm that installed our solar array ...
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Catherine
Matt from NY Solar Maintenance and Repair was lovely to deal with in every way. He was recommended by the company that acquired the firm that installed our solar array a number of years ago. In the past year pigeons took roost under the array creating a mess on our property, and a nuisance to our neighbors. Matt was great to communicate with during our estimate process; his was the 6th we received for installation of a critter guard and removal of the pigeons.. From his depth of experience he was able to give us great information &  advice, then the best price, and ultimately a beautiful job professionally & promptly executed. This was a project that we would much preferred to avoid, but Matt made it better than we could have expected. I recommend Matt wholeheartedly and would contact him again if we ever had need of service related to our solar array.

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