Do Your Solar Panels Need to Be Replaced?

A well-installed system solar panel will last for many years. You generally do not have to worry about the elements damaging the panels. But, as solar energy systems age there may be maintenance needed.

Solar panels convert the energy of the sun into electricity that powers your home, appliances, and devices. When you go solar, you’re reducing your carbon footprint by relying on clean, renewable energy. You’re also saving money on your electric bills. The key to continue those savings is making sure your solar panels are in top condition. In this article, we’ll help you identify whether your solar panels need to be repaired or maintained, and when they need to be replaced.

How to tell if your solar panels aren’t working right

Your photovoltaic system may be working fine, but the weather and your energy usage will affect how much excess energy you are given credit for by your electric company. Here are some more reliable signs of a suboptimal system:

  • You see an orange or red light on your inverter
  • The kilowatt hours on your solar meter aren’t increasing
  • Your solar panels have cracks in them

Only an inspection by a licensed provider like Florida Solar can tell you for sure what the issue is with your system.

When your solar panels need repairs or maintenance

In some cases, solar panels will show visible signs of damage. But, if your solar panels show no outward signs of damage, here are a few reasons they might be underperforming:

  • Dirty panels. Panels can quickly underperform when covered with pollen, leaves, pine needles, and sap. If your solar panels are dirty, don’t try to clean them yourself. Call Florida Solar to handle this delicate work.
  • The angle of your panels. If your panels weren’t installed correctly, they won’t receive maximum sunlight throughout the day. This may explain the lack of power, and our technicians will be able to see if this is the case.

If you suspect one or more of these to be an issue, or you think your system’s performance has fallen well below what it had been generating, please let us know. 

Call Florida Solar for a free inspection of your solar panels

Let Florida Solar do the work for you and do it right the first time. We’ll give you trustworthy advice on whether a system is worth fixing or replacing.

We’ll inspect your entire system and clean your panels if necessary to restore them to their proper operating condition. Keep in mind that prevention is the best pathway to a long-lasting system, and there’s no team better to trust than the dedicated experts at Florida Solar.

Contact us online or call us at 727-877-3175 to talk to us about the details on our maintenance package. We’re available to listen to your concerns and schedule a time to inspect your system and put your mind at ease.

Do Solar Panels Boost Your Home’s Value? – YES!

Your home’s value is a critical part of your financial well-being. You expect to reap significant rewards from the amount you invested – possibly to sell the home, and possibly to keep it in the family.That’s why you take care of your house. It’s why you spend your time and money on the upgrades that boost its value.Consider solar panels as an essential value creator that puts your finances to good use. In today’s article we’ll look at the ability for solar panels to increase the worth of your Florida home.

Solar panels increase your home’s value

On this site, we’ve shared information about solar power and its benefits, which include an increase in property values. Research by Zillow, the online real estate marketplace, bears this out. As reported by CNBC:“Installing solar panels in a home not only helps to reduce current monthly utility bills; it can potentially increase the home’s value by up to 4.1% more than comparable homes with no solar panels.”That same article also ranks the top 10 states with the highest resale premiums once solar panels are factored in. Florida, as you would expect, is among those states. Homes in the Sunshine State with solar panels sell for 4% more than those without. It stands to reason that larger homes that have been well maintained will see larger boosts to their value. And since bigger homes are those that use greater amounts of energy, a solar installation is financially wise on both counts.

Make the move to solar today

Solar panels are more than just eco-friendly – a worthy cause on its own. They are also a smart long-term investment because of how much they lower your energy costs. And as we’ve explained before, the federal solar tax credit makes going solar very affordable. To these benefits you can add a home that will be worth more by the time you’re ready to sell.Florida Solar has over 40 years of experience installing residential and commercial solar panels. Whether you are a homeowner right now or about to become one, contact us to schedule a free solar savings consultation. We’ll help you calculate your potential savings and be your one reliable source for everything you need.Call us at 727-300-1515. Our experts are available to explain the assessment and installation processes, so you understand how quickly and easily you can start adding to your home’s equity.

Ten Tips to Help you Find a Trustworthy Solar Installer

Interested in making the next step towards solar power, but you aren’t sure where to start? Choosing the right solar installer is a confusing time for most first time solar buyers, don’t worry though, we are here to guide you with ten tips to help you find the perfect and trustworthy solar installer for your home.

Tip 1: Check Local options

Find the options in your area. A local professional should know the best solar options, laws, policies, and regulations in your area. See how long each company has worked in solar in your region. 

Tip 2: Check Testimonials

What do clients have to say about their work? Do they have any local clients that will give you a person to person review? What previous clients who have dealt with a company you are looking into in the past may be one of the best indicators of a truly trustworthy and reliable solar company.

Tip 3: Check their Knowledge

Do they have plenty of knowledge on regional laws and policies? Make sure they are up to date on rules implemented in your area and they aren’t afraid to go into detail when you ask directed questions on the topic.

Tip 4: Ensure they are Licensed and Bonded

All trustworthy solar installers are licensed and bonded, ask for proof before you move forward with any solar company. 

Tip 5: The Crews Knowledge

We encourage you to talk to the crew that will be doing the installations, not just the sales team. See their experience on solar and installations in your region.

Tip 6: See if they Outsource

Do they do their work or do they outsource? 

Step 7: Check Financing Options

Do they have financing options to make your solar investment work for your budget and timeline? One of the first steps we recommend is checking if the solar company you have interest in working with offers financing. 

Step 8: Check the Warranty 

Many solar panel manufacturers offer a 25-year production warranty guaranteeing that their solar panels will continue to generate electricity. Make sure you check the warranty you would be protected by before you invest in a system.

Tip 9: Try to Build a Trust with your Installer

Investing in solar is a big step, and it is vital to take that step with someone you can trust to do quality, reliable work and that will be there for you past the time of installation. Make sure you can develop reliable and effective lines of communication so that your installer can ease you through every step.

Tip 10: Check Overall Value

Are you getting a quality solar system installed by a reliable installer while also getting a good deal? You should be finding a solar company that meets your standards and can pass this tip list with a breeze. Don’t settle for less when it comes to an investment that will be with you for decades to come.

One way to ensure an extra good value on solar right now is to choose solar before the end of 2020 and you can receive the 26% tax credit currently offered. If you want to learn more about this tax credit click here (link to tax credit info) or contact us at Florida Solar today.

Hopefully these ten tips help you feel more comfortable taking your next step towards solar, if you have any questions about any of these tips or would like more information on our services contact us today at or 727-300-1515.