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Does Solar Panels Cause Fire?

With people`s deceasing demand for solar panel, the number of solar panel has upsurged in recent years. But more and more people are growing concerned about fire safety and wondering whether their panels could be at risk. However, solar panel fires are extremely rare if panels are installed properly. But it never hurts to educate yourself on the topic to ensure the safety of you, your loved ones, your home and the environment. Let’s look at how a solar panel fire can arise and the safety precautions you can take to ensure your system remains at low risk. 

The reasons of causing solar panel fire:

  • Lightning
  • Power surges
  • poorly designed products or systems
  • Component defects
  • Improper installation

All these factors can cause your system to have hot spots, which can lead to a fire. On a more technical note, they can lead to arcs between your system’s energy conductors and the ground. So, are solar panels a fire hazard? Technically, yes. But they’re not nearly as common as other types of house fire hazards.

It’s relatively well known that solar panels contain live wires, meaning they constantly transmit electricity and therefore shouldn’t be tampered with. The same goes for any electrical device that’s plugged into a wall or connected to an energy source.                  

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Wires need to be insulated. Otherwise they release heat, which is what causes short circuits, reversed circuits, arc faults and more. This is a major reason you shouldn’t attempt to install a solar panel system yourself. It’s not really a DIY sort of project because far too many risks are involved. But it’s extremely unlikely that solar panels will simply get too hot from their day-to-day energy generation. Solar panels are designed to withstand heat. So, even if you live in some of the hottest states, there is minimal risk of panels catching fire because they can withstand the amount of heat they absorb from the sun.

The precautions of solar panel fire:

1: Choose a trusted solar installer

You should always rely on your solar provider or a trusted service professional to install solar panels. It’s one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of a solar panel fire. SOLARPARTS is one of the most trusted solar providers in the country. We ensure quick and correct solar installation at your home or business to prevent fire and other risks. 

Doing your research to learn about a company’s reputation and how many years of experience it has under its belt is crucial. But you should also look at its technician team and check whether it has the required licenses to install solar systems. 

Buy high-quality solar products

Quality is important with practically anything you’re thinking of buying, but it’s especially important for solar panels and other solar products. Think about it this way: A solar panel system is something you’ll have for decades to come, so why not invest in the best? It’ll even save you money in the long run in terms of potential maintenance, repair work or replacements needed after your warranty period expires. 

Compared to high-quality solar panels, low-quality panels have a higher chance of malfunctioning and causing fires. This is because premium panels are better made, without flammable frames and mounting systems.                         

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Keep up with maintenance

As with any home improvement or technical product, routine maintenance is important. Solar panel systems are electrical systems, and they certainly require regular maintenance to sustain high performance levels. Maintenance doesn’t mean deconstructing your entire system. But even removing dirt, debris, snow and more from your panels will keep them functioning optimally. 

You should also watch for frays or holes in cabling from pests or rodents. Faulty cabling is one of the biggest solar panel fire risks. But this doesn’t mean you have to climb onto your roof and poke around. Call your solar provider and ask that a service professional visit and inspect your system. This service is usually part of your warranty agreement. 

If you’re interested in going solar and working with some of the most trusted solar professionals in the industry, contact SOLARPARTS. We provide SunPower solar panels, the highest-rated panels on the market, and ensure our technicians have all the licenses required for installation. 

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