Warranties will protect you long-term from costly repairs and cover the costs of solar equipment and components. Solar panel manufacturers typically offer product and performance warranties. Looking at the term of coverage, efficiency rating, and which parts of the solar panel system the warranty covers is the best way to ensure you’re choosing the right one for your needs.
In this blog, we’ll answer the following questions concerning solar panel warranties:
- How long is the warranty for solar panels?
- What voids a solar panel warranty?
- How often should solar panels be replaced?
- Are solar panel warranties transferable?
- Do solar panels void your roof warranty?
How Long Is the Warranty for Solar Panels?
Solar energy panels usually come with a 25-year to 30-year linear performance warranty and a 10 to 25-year product warranty. Warranties typically cover the costs of repairing or replacing any defective or broken parts. Before purchasing, you should carefully examine the warranty to understand what’s covered and what’s not.
What Voids a Solar Panel Warranty?
A solar panel product warranty may be voided for several reasons that vary based on the manufacturer and solar model.
Some reasons that can void your warranty include the following:
- Installation by an unlicensed or unqualified contractor
- DIY repairs or modifications
- Failure to follow maintenance guidelines
- Use of non-approved components
- Using residential solar panels for commercial purposes
- Damage due to improper installation or environmental factors
The best way to prevent your solar panel warranty from being voided is to read it carefully and be aware of its terms.
How Often Should Solar Panels Be Replaced?
As a rule, solar panels should be replaced every 25 to 30 years. Because of this, most manufacturers offer warrants covering at least 25 years or more.
Are Solar Panel Warranties Transferable?
Most solar warranties can be transferred to the new owner in a home sale. In other cases, warranties are limited to the original owner at the time of installation.
Do Solar Panels Void Your Roof Warranty?
While installing solar panels won’t void your roof warranty in most cases, it’s important to be careful of warranty violations, such as altering the roof by drilling holes. Most solar installations will require drilling holes in the roof’s surface.
Thankfully, many solar system companies offer to cover damage that occurs through installation in their warranty guarantee.
Be aware of your roof warranty’s conditions and all scenarios that would void it.
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