Coffs Solar Energy offers a professional solar repair service with a fast turnaround and at a fair rate. Some of our most common solar repair service type work:
The most common solar repair service undertaken is the replacement of faulty inverters. The easiest way to check if you solar inverter is working to make sure that you see a green light on the display. If you see a red light then a fault is present. If there is no light showing and no information being displayed on the LCD screen then the inverter is dead. We offer low-cost solar inverter swap overs and free installation if you buy the solar inverter from us.
Another common fault we identify are people having the wrong solar meter installed. If you are on the 60c solar bonus scheme then you must have a GROSS meter installed to truly benefit from the rebate from the energy companies for your exported solar energy. In simple terms if your solar installation was completed prior to April 2011 then a GROSS meter is more than likely the correct meter for you. If you are on the 20c Solar Bonus Scheme then you may have had a gross meter installed which would have been correct at the time of installation when peak power rates were around 18c per kWh. Now with peak power rates more like 26-28c per kWh it makes sense to have a net meter installed. You will save more money on your power bill with a net meter.
We come across a lot of faulty isolators with the main fault being water ingress. A lot of solar companies were buying cheap Chinese isolators that were not a true IP 65 rated isolator. If you notice that your solar inverter switches off during the day when it has been raining then there is a high chance that water may be interfering with the electrics in the isolator causing the system to trip.
Most solar panels are connected or joined together using a pair of male and female MC4 connectors. A common fault is having these connectors exposed to the lements meaning that UV exposure makes the connector brittle and they can often break. Another fault is water getting into the enclosure which can cause an earth fault which trips the solar system. MC4 connectors should always be firmly secured underneath the solar panel and not exposed to the elements. If you have an error message on your solar inverter that shows an earth fault then its highly probable that this is the cause.