Solar Panel Damage
Will Solar Panels Damage my Roof?
No, though if not properly installed they can definitely cause damage. Believe me we have seen some pretty scary solar panel installations. This is why a companies reputation should always be taken into account when deciding who to use for a PV installation. Cheaper is often not better, as the old saying goes “you get what you pay for“.
Can Solar Panels Catch Fire?
The short answer is no. Solar panel damage caused by fire is rare due to the panels themselves generally being fireproof. However if improperly wired when they are installed a fire could be the result. This is a rare occurrence and yet the main reason why a licensed electrician should always be hired to do the installation to ensure proper conduit and wire terminations are used to ensure a safe and secure system.
That said, can solar panels overheat? Solar panels by themselves do not overheat. In fact the hotter the day, the less solar output is received. A byproduct of a solar installation is often a lowering of attic temps, due to the shade provided to the roof of the structure by the panels.
Can Solar Panels be Damaged by Hail?
Yes solar panels are designed to withstand most hail, ie. the size of a golf ball. That said damage is still possible in some cases and as such you should always add the solar system to your home insurance policy, in order to recover any loss caused by damages that are unforeseen.
Can Solar Panels be Removed?
Yes solar panels can be removed for purposes of roof repair or system replacement etc. However due to potential high voltages, especially with older systems, this work should never be done by a homeowner. Always hire a professional to service or remove a PV solar system.
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