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In our sun-soaked country, it’s a lot easier to find reasons to ‘go solar’ than to think about the reasons why you shouldn’t. It’s just a fact that we need a lot of electricity for our busy, productive and enjoyable lives – and solar is cheaper, better for the environment, and the key to sustainability and self-sufficiency. At the heart of your solar setup are the panels themselves, which sit on your roof, soaking up the sun and quietly turning it into clean, cheap and abundant energy – it’s a truly outstanding, low-maintenance investment that will quickly pay you back over time. Unfortunately, another fact is that – like anything else – even the most ingenious and robust inventions sometimes go wrong. Are you worried your solar panels are not working properly?

Here are the 5 most common solar panel problems from the specialists in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast solar repair services.

1. Corrosion

While impressively robust and weather-proof, moisture has been known to creep inside, causing problems with solar panels.

The best thing to do about this is to get an annual solar inspection so that the crucial internal components are kept safe and dry.

2. Wiring

If your solar panel faults are wiring-related, ask yourself this: Did a fully licensed, experienced and reputable solar installer wire it? Poor installation may explain any loose connections – however poor installation also makes the wiring easier to access by common Australian pests like possums and rats who will chew the cables causing short circuits. Other factors like corrosion and oxidation can be less avoidable.

If you suspect a wiring issue, don’t risk your long-term investment by fiddling around yourself, and instead call a licensed solar electrician.

3. Cracks

While rare, cracks remain one of the potential solar panel problems you may be experiencing. Small cracks shouldn’t be a big deal, but we all know that any little crack can easily develop into a bigger one.

It may surprise you that the biggest cause of solar panel cracks is not because of the conditions, but because of poor installation and handling.

4. Hot spots

One of the most common solar power questions we are asked is about hot spots. While your panels are obviously designed to soak up the hot Australian sun, they become particularly susceptible to hot spots – or concentrations of heat – when dirty.

However, bad soldering is also another major cause, so it’s just another reason to put just as much homework into your panel installer and repairer than the panels themselves.

5. PID

PID stands for Potential Induced Degradation, which is a complex problem that eats away at your system’s power output. Without getting too technical, the issue involves voltage, grounding, ions and electrons – but the cause is simpler: humidity.

The best way to avoid these types of problems is to browse for manufacturers and repairers who spend a lot of time thinking about PID resistance and remedies.

Stop worrying and call Solar Repair Service instead

Are you experiencing one of these common solar panel problems? You’re in luck, because here at Solar Repair Service we promptly fix panels, inverters and solar systems all across Brisbane, Moreton Bay, the Sunshine Coast, Redland Bay and beyond. Our solar technicians are fully qualified, we have decades of combined experience, and we have successfully identified and rectified the full spectrum of solar panel problems at hundreds upon hundreds of homes and premises just like yours.

Don’t let problems with solar panels get you down. Instead, give Solar Repair Service a call today.