Five big mistakes people make when buying a solar system in Australia
There are a few things to look out for when making an investment into solar energy
An investment into solar energy for your home or business can be a daunting and confusing process. With countless considerations; the system size, roof location, design, components, and more, it can be easy to fall into a few traps in the search for the perfect system. Like any industry, there are companies that fall short of their commitments and promises, components that don’t perform, and general pitfalls that can cost homeowners thousands in the quest to increase their solar consumption.
But all is not lost. Here are the five big mistakes people make when buying a solar system and how you can avoid them!
1. Prioritising cost over quality
It’s easy to see why people choose the cheapest option when shopping for a system; cheap = savings, right?
Not quite… Choosing the cheapest system and company may seem like the most cost-effective solution but can often lead to problems later on and costs spiking.
Cheap solar is one of the biggest issues in the industry, often leaving homeowners at the mercy of untrustworthy companies installing inferior components with no after-sales support. Time and time again we see people fall victim to cheap, unlawful solar companies bailing on customers, voiding warranties and leaving their customers without support with a system that doesn’t deliver on its promises. While choosing a premium system from a premium installer might require a larger initial cash injection, it pays off in long-term performance, workmanship and product warranties, energy savings and ongoing after-sales support.
2. Not checking the installers after-sales support details
Solar is a notable investment, and ensuring you are receiving the largest return on that investment comes down to making sure your solar panels are performing at their maximum efficiency. A premium solar system can last upwards of 25+ years and when installed correctly are relatively low maintenance and require very little upkeep. In saying that, problems can always arise, and ensuring your chosen installer has your back in the event of an issue is vital to getting your energy production back on track and ensuring you get the most from your system.
Cheap solar companies often fall short or completely miss the mark when it comes to providing customers with monitoring and support capabilities. When inevitable issues arrive and the installer is nowhere to be seen, customers are left with a long list of repairs, maintenance, and an underperforming system. When shopping the market for a solar energy installer, make sure you prioritise a company that offers these benefits:
- Ongoing customer service
- A decent workmanship warranty
- Is the after-sales support Australian-based?