A solar energy system offers Florida homeowners a reliable way to lower their electricity bills by supplementing general energy consumption with inexpensive solar power. To keep solar systems operating at their most efficient, however, you must regularly inspect them and perform preventive maintenance. Here are some things you can check to make sure your solar installation is operating as it should:
- Shaded collectors: Check to make sure there is no shade covering the solar collectors and preventing efficient gathering of solar energy. The growth of trees or other vegetation, new construction and other developments can produce shading that wasn’t a problem when the collectors were installed.
- Dirty collectors: If solar collectors get dirty or dusty, they will not work properly. Make sure there is no accumulations of dirt blocking sunshine from reaching the collectors.
- Glazing and seals: Check for cracks in the glazing of the collector panels and ensure the seals are intact and undamaged.
- Insulation: Inspect the insulation around the system’s pipes, ducts and wiring to make sure it is not damaged or missing.
- Connections: Make sure wiring, plumbing and ductwork connections are intact and tight. Check plumbing connections for leaks. Duct connections should be sealed with mastic, a specialized sealant designed for ductwork.
- Storage systems: Check water storage tanks and similar containers for damage, cracks, rust, corrosion or other signs of wear or deterioration.
- Roof penetrations: Check flashing or other sealant materials around roof penetrations where solar system components enter your house. Make sure these materials are undamaged and installed properly.
- Pumps and fans: Make sure pumps, blowers, fans and other distribution components are working properly. You should be able to hear them operating around the middle of the morning after the collectors have been exposed to some sunshine.
- Pressure relief valve: Check this valve to make sure it’s not damaged or stuck in either the open or closed position.
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