Solar power is becoming incredibly popular, and while this means that solar equipment will become even more affordable and powerful due to demand, it also means that the number of potentially unqualified residential solar panel system installers is growing too.
If you have recently had a solar system installed and are having second thoughts about who you chose to install it, there are some signs that you can look for that will indicate whether the system was installed by a professional or not. We’re going to take a look at some of those signs here, as well as what to do if you think that your solar panel system was installed poorly.
Signs of a Professionally Installed Residential Solar Panel System
There are many signs that your residential solar panel system was installed by a professional, but there are some signs that are going to be more common than others. Some will also be much easier for the homeowner to notice without climbing up on the roof.
Using the best equipment available is one of the key indicators of a professional job. Black-on-black panels give a more uniform appearance, as opposed to the more checkerboard or gridded appearance of the black panels with silver frames. This is one of the most common and obvious signs that your solar installation was not completed in a professional manner.
Having a low-profile system is also a good indicator that proper equipment was used. The system should be close to the surface of the roof, while still allowing air circulation to help cool the panels and the roof. Poor installations will show one of two extremes with the installation, either it will be too low and will pose a potential fire hazard, or it will be too high and may face damage from wind.
Flat & Even Installation
Another sign of a professional installation that is relatively easy to spot is that the panels are all even and that there are no uneven or “wavy” portions of the installation. Not only is this important for the overall aesthetic, but it’s important for the functionality as well. An uneven installation will be less efficient at capturing the solar energy, and the panels may also suffer from premature failure due to poor installation.
Good Wire Management
One of the lesser-known signs of a truly professional installation is attractive and tidy wire management. Solar panels may need service one day, and if the wires are unkempt and disorganized, it can take longer to troubleshoot the issue. Having good wire management makes a clean and finished appearance as well if the wires are seen.
Correct Safety Hazard Labeling
Another sign that the installation was performed by a trusted professional is the correct labeling for electrocution hazard components. Your solar installation creates and transports massive amounts of power, and that power can be a hazard if not treated appropriately.
Barrett Solar Can Be Your Trusted Local Solar Panel Installer
Whether you have a solar system already installed and have noticed that it shows a few items on our list, or if you simply want to make sure that your new system is installed properly and professionally from day one, Barrett is ready to be your solar partner. Even if you are still on the fence and need more information, reach out today and chat with one of our local residential solar panel system experts.