So you have a solar power system on your property somewhere, mostly likely on your roof. You make sure to check the monitor when you can to make sure it’s functioning, but do you really know how you can tell if the system is working as well as it should? Surprisingly, despite how much easier it is nowadays to make the switch to solar power, there are still some owners who aren’t sure how to tell if their system is working or not.
The thing is, solar power systems can keep plugging along for a year or more with no problems, but if you’re not sure what to look out for, a problem could arise that needs repair and, in the long run, will cost you more money than you anticipated. However, the problem can be anywhere in the system, from the panels themselves, to the wiring, to the solar inverter. This device, like any electrical appliance, can malfunction now and then. Here are some of the more worrying signs you should be on the lookout for.
The solar inverter screen is blank, or there’s an error message
Sometimes, all you need to do is to reboot the system, and you can usually do this safely. However, if that doesn’t seem to do the trick, then you’re going to need the help of a solar panel technician, especially if you’re dealing with a blank solar inverter screen. On the other hand, if you’re seeing an error message, you can tell the technician and they’ll have a better idea of what needs to be done.
The battery isn’t charging
Solar power systems often come with a battery where excess electricity can be stored rather than being fed back into the grid. If you notice that yours hasn’t been charging, check the voltage readings to see if they’re within the normal limits for your particular system. If it is, then something’s wrong with the battery or with the array that should enable it to charge in the first time.
Because there are a number of possible causes and pinpointing it involves shutting the system down and disconnecting and reconnecting wires, it’s best that you call a technician for this.
Excessively high voltage readings
Usually, there is a controller that limits the voltage of the current that goes into your system, so if you’re seeing some unusually high voltage readings, then the inverter’s controller could be having problems. It’s important that you have a technician to handle the troubleshooting so they can pinpoint the cause and do any repairs or replacements necessary.
We understand the desire to try and go DIY especially if it helps you keep from spending too much. However, since a solar power system has many components, fiddling with any of them, even to attempt solar inverter repairs has a good chance of making the problem worse.
If you’re looking for more information, or you need help with your Sharp solar power system, try visiting ServiceTech.