How to Detect and Resolve an Underperforming Solar Panel

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The best way that you can determine that your solar panel is not working efficiently is to watch the monitor. You will be able to see how much energy is being used, broken down by each panel. You can use this information to discover how to resolve the issue. Sometimes the fix may be as easy as spraying down the panels to free them from any dust or debris.

Read on to learn about the possible causes of an underperforming solar panel.

Identifying the Cause of a Solar Panel’s Poor Performance

You may be familiar with some causes of underperformance, but the more you know, the more you will be able to troubleshoot your system without wasting too much time. You want to be sure your system is working up to its full potential.

Check for these factors:

  • Dirt, Dust, Pollen: Normal build-up can accumulate on the solar panels, blocking out the full shine of the sun and taking in less energy. Rain and snow usually take care of this issue, but it is wise to check out the cleanliness of the panels before exploring other possible causes.
  • Tree Growth and Increased Shade: Trees around your home can grow and cast more shade over your home than they did even six months ago. Keep the trees surrounding your home trimmed in order to maximize the amount of energy your panels can take in from the sun.
  • Cloudy Weather: Although solar panels work in cloudy weather, they do not bring as much energy as on sunny days.
  • Gradual Decreased Efficiency: Solar panels do lose efficiency over time. Over the years, they lose a small percentage of power that they can take in. This is normal for any system and outlined at the time of purchase.
  • Disconnected Wires: The intricate system of solar panels contains many wired and connected parts. Sometimes a panel can get disconnected from the rest of the system. Noticing the decreased output will be an indicator to look into this cause.
  • Error in the Monitor: Sometimes, the solar panels are working as normal, and the error is in the monitoring system. Your professional solar panel representative will help you to discover these errors.

Once you can identify the problem, you can fix it more quickly. Meet with your trusted installation team to find out what is happening and have your system back to complete working condition in no time.

Our team at New Day Solar can help you troubleshoot your solar panels. We will provide you with details specific to your home and power needs. Call for a consultation with a solar professional at (855) 444-6329.