System upgrades

Frequently asked questions about system upgrades

Whether your current system is playing up or you want the latest model, then you can definitely upgrade your system. Upgrading your system will be especially important if it is faulty, underperforming or not economically viable. A solar system upgrade company like Solar Maintenance Solutions will have no issues providing a PV System upgrade.

However, our advice would also be that if your system isn’t any of these things then don’t upgrade. This is not like upgrading a phone, the less work done on your solar system the fewer problems encountered.

There are actually quite a few ways you can begin upgrading an old solar system. The most popular ways to upgrade the system are adding panels to an existing string inverter or with micro inverters. Not only are these the most affordable means of upgrading, but you also won’t be restricted by size either.

Additionally, another way of upgrading is actually by adding a second solar system. This isn’t just a way of adding double the energy, but is expanding upon the pre-existing panels. Although these are more expensive, there is a lot more upside with these as opposed to a replacement.

To be absolutely clear, it is generally recommended that you should only be upgrading when panels are broken. This applies to physical damage or if the system is beginning to wear or even if the system is underperforming. When it comes to lifespan, a Solar Panel System can last between 10 to 15 years without any changes.

Ultimately, you can certainly mix solar panels from different brands and of varying voltage. However, it is not worth the amount of hassle specifically the amount of planning for a lack of cohesion. The different electrical characteristics mean that there are too many dangers for the investment in our opinion.

One of the first things which will make a system dysfunctional will be the inverters. This is due to the fact that they only last around 12 years before needing to be replaced. Yet there are a few inverters which may last up to 20 years.

These will be crucial when it comes to upgrading existing solar systems. But as always we only recommend that solar panel engineers install new inverters.

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