- Inspection of Main interconnection breaker
The breaker on your solar system serves as overcurrent protection. Circuit breakers are one of the most essential electrical components of a home, both for convenience and safety, and the same goes for your solar panel system. Circuit breakers prevent too much electricity from flowing through a panel and short-circuiting it or causing an electrical fire. In other electrical systems, a fuse is the safety mechanism, and when too much charge flows through the system, the fuse will disintegrate to protect the rest of the system. This is called “blowing a fuse,” and every time a fuse is blown, it has to be replaced. Instead, a circuit breaker opens a circuit when there’s too much charge, protecting your system without having to replace fuses. We inspect your interconnection breaker for any damage, wear and tear, or improper model use.
- Inspection of all connections between Main Service and inverter
- Inspection of all connections between Solar panels and inverter
- Cleaning of inverter
The inverter on your solar panel system converts the power that the panels produce (DC or direct current) into energy that your home can use (AC or alternating current). Without the inverter, no matter how much energy your panels produce, you won’t be able to use any of it. If there are any issues with your inverter, you may be getting less energy out of your system than you could be. In fact, with a faulty inverter, you could be producing plenty of energy but not be receiving it in your home! At Big Blue Marble, we inspect the connections between the inverter, your main service, and the solar panels to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth. We also thoroughly clean the inverter to keep it at peak performance.
- Replacement of all wire nuts with a professional solution
The most common point of failure in all Solar systems is the wire splice connections, often times the use of wire nuts. Some uninformed solar panel installers use improper wire nuts or techniques when installing solar panel systems to connect multiple wires together. Some wire nuts are not intended to withstand moisture, and should never be used outdoors. When used in an outdoor electrical system like solar panels, they can corrode and damage your system. Most wire nuts are also not built to withstand high heat, which often occurs in the sunny areas that solar panel systems are installed. They can melt, causing a short in between the wires that they connect. Unfortunately, Big Blue Marble has spotted the use of improper wire nuts and techniques in many installations by other Contractors. When we evaluate your system, we will replace all existing connections to err on the side of caution.
- Inspection of monitoring equipment
- Report of findings and system performance
- 90 Day Warranty on all repairs**
Big Blue Marble is dedicated to keeping you informed and up-to-date. Whatever we find during your system inspection, we’ll convey to you. We’ll let you know if your system is performing as expected, or if there are errors or other factors preventing your system from working well. We will let you know if your breaker, inverter, and monitoring equipment are all working smoothly. And we’ll also let you know if we replaced any improper wire nuts or found anything causing your system to be shaded. Finally, we offer a 90-day warranty on all of our repairs. This means that you have a guarantee, when you agree to any necessary fixes, that these fixes are going to last and that they will be performed correctly. Let us know within 90 days if you notice anything that might be off, and we’ll ensure that any issues are corrected.
*Some services may require additional cost due to site conditions. Very fragile roof types may preclude rooftop inspection. **Provided customer agrees to necessary fixes.