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Solar Panel Warranties

Unlike many electrical items, solar panels are designed and manufactured to last for much more than 25 years, but that doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t go wrong or never need maintenance. All aspects of a solar panel system and its installation should be guaranteed by a warranty, and it pays to shop around to find the one that suits your circumstances and system.

 

Generally warranties fall into two broad categories, those that guarantee the panels and the parts, and those that guarantee the workmanship.

 

Panels and parts warranties

Solar panels very rarely ever go wrong. They are exceptionally well made, especially some of the German engineered solar panels, and can cope with the worst weather that any British winter can throw at them. That doesn’t mean you won’t need to have some kind of warranty in place, although usually it will cover panels and parts because the parts will not last for 25+ years like the panels are designed to.

 

The average warranty for panels and parts will be about 10 years, although there are some as low as five and as high as 15 years. Breakages to the panels are covered, as is a large drop in efficiency (usually set at figures below 80%) that might indicate a part requires replacing or repair. Inverters are usually covered for around five years and this is because they tend to reach the end of their useful life due to how hard they work.

 

Workmanship warranties

Guarantees of workmanship, that is the quality of the solar panel installation, should always be guaranteed. Again, like the panels these warranties can range from a little as five years to 15 years, with the average being around 10. When it comes to workmanship, try to get the longest warranty on it that you can.

 

Ideally your installer’s workmanship warranty should cover any faults that arise during the warranty period because of the way the solar panel system was installed. These sorts of problems will usually show themselves up quickly – perhaps within the first 12-24 months, so you won’t be hurrying to get them in to fix the problem before the warranty runs out.

 

The bits that aren’t covered…

While panels, parts and workmanship are covered, there are many things that aren’t and those you will need to make sure you have adequate insurance cover for. For example, if you have a fault in your roof that ends up affecting your solar panels, the cost of the repairs won’t be covered by your panel warranty. Instead, the installer will be looking for you to claim on your home insurance, so you need to make sure your insurer knows about the panels as soon as they are fitted.

 

Also, should you need to have any work done on your roof in the future, you may find that the cost of removing the panels will have to be covered on your home insurance too.

 

Summary

Solar panel systems are one of the most expensive but profitable investments in your home you can make, so it’s important that you take the time to find or negotiate the very best warranties you can to protect it. Home insurance will help plug the gaps, but you may find your existing insurer will only cover the panels if they blow off the roof and damage someone else’s property!

 

You may end up having to change your insurer to make sure you get the proper cover, but in the long run it will be worthwhile because you can rest easy knowing you’re fully protected against every possible eventuality.