Under the Pump
Weakest link KILLED MY SOLAR
ASK THE EXPERT
Question 1: Now that my rooftop solar system has been up for a few years, what are a few things I should be aware of?
Answer: Rooftop solar has no moving parts but plenty can go wrong. Here is an example of how something as simple as broken plastic cable ties stopped this system working.
Q2: How did this happen?
A: The original installer used cheap cable ties that quickly degraded in sunlight, dropping cabling onto a roof that can exceed 60C in summer. This temperature can easily melt plastic insulation. Similar issues we’ve come across include failed connections, internal cracks in panels, and water-logged isolator switches.
Q3: When did the owners realise something was wrong?
A: It was only when they got around to comparing a year-on-year power bill they discovered the system had died. They were so used to having the system operating, they took that it was operating for granted.
Q4: What’s the solution here?
A: The two best things you can do is install a wifi monitoring system, so you can access performance information 24/7, and visit sharpe-ers.com.au to see our range of solar check-and-test options. We can identify and rectify any solar system problem and our monitoring options will help you keep your system healthy and operating at peak energy production.
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