You might have heard that solar panels last for decades, and that is true. In fact, most solar panels come with a warranty of 20 years or so and continue to work correctly for much longer than that. If the solar panels do start to malfunction or get damaged, a repair is usually not possible. So the only solution homeowners have, is to get the solar panels replaced by either claiming the warranty or buying a replacement if they are past the warranty period. At Red Oak Exteriors, we offer both new solar panel installation and solar panel replacement services if your old solar panels need replacing. However, many homeowners who are under the notion that their solar panels are invincible don’t pay attention to signs of malfunctioning or wearing solar panels until they completely stop working. So if you are wondering how you can tell if your solar panels need replacement before they stop working altogether, then we suggest you keep reading.
How to tell when it is time for a new solar panel installation in Colorado?
As mentioned earlier, once your solar panels malfunction, replacement is usually the only way to get your home’s energy needs back on track. So without further ado, here are some signs that you need a new solar panel installation in Colorado and replace your old one:
Reduced power output: Each solar panel system is rated for a specific production, and the output of your solar systems should be close to its rated output range. However, if the output of your solar panels is significantly lower than the rated output, it is considered a problem. We suggest you test the power produced by your solar panels on a sunny day to ensure the conditions are suitable for the panels to produce maximum output. If you find that the power output is less than 90 percent of the panels’ rated output, you might have a problem at your hands. It is best to contact us immediately if you find a drop in production to check if it is a maintenance issue or if you need to start the new solar panel installation process and replace the old one.
Damaged or cracked solar panels: Cracks, tears, or any physical damage to the roof panel’s glass surface or the cell itself is an instant indicator that a replacement is in order. Since solar panels that are damaged can rarely be repaired, even if they are fixed, the output can be affected or limited. Therefore if you notice damaged or visible wear and tear on your solar panels, you should contact us to discuss the replacement.
Old age: We mentioned at the start of this article that solar panels last for several decades. However, the companies provide a 15 to 20-years warranty on their solar panels. Over time, solar panel cells start to lose their efficiency and produce lesser output, which means you will not be getting the production you need from the panels if they reach a certain age. So if your solar panels are past the 20-year mark, it is a sign that a replacement may be in order.
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