Now more than ever, homeowners are making the switch to solar power. But finding the best solar panel companies that get homeowners the best deals is no easy task. There are a number of solar panel companies to choose from. While some have been established for decades, others have been around for a few years, and some even operate from their garages or the back of their trucks. So how is a homeowner to know who to trust and who will likely be around for decades to come?
First Things First, Why Should I Care if My Solar Panel Company Goes Out of Business?
Do you really care if the electronics store where you bought your TV goes out of businesses? Probably not because it doesn’t impact your warranty, equipment, or anything else for that matter. However, the first thing you should look for when interviewing solar panel companies is one that is likely to be around for decades to come. Here’s why: if another solar panel company even touches your solar panel system once its been installed, the warranty becomes void. In many cases, so too does the coverage on your roof, equipment, and even on the craftsmanship. This is why it is crucial to work with solar panel companies that have been around for decades, and show clear growth signs of not disappearing any time soon. You will want to have peace of mind knowing that if your roof leaks a few years after your solar panel system installation occurs, or your system stops putting out the right level of energy, the company will be there to make repairs and calibrations st no charge.
Look for Solar Panel Companies that Offer the Best Warranties that Matter
Solar panel warranties are pretty common, but the right warranties that truly matter and that make your solar system affordable are harder to come by. Make sure your solar panel company offers warranties on the following:
- Solar panel inverter
- Solar panel equipment
- Solar panel racking
- Performance guarantee
As for the number of years any good solar panel company till attribute to their warranties, look for one of 25 years–a solid warranty that will keep you well covered with no hassles. Anything less than 25 years puts you in a position to run into some financial problems in the event there is a failure.
Number of Years the Solar Panel Company has Been in Business
The best solar panel companies will have been in business for at least a decade. Once you reach the 10-year mark, there is no trust factor that differentiates between a company that’s been in business for 10 years or since the day solar panels first started being used on residential homes. The reason why the last 10 years matter is due to the fact that this was when technology changed and made the systems more affordable and appropriate for residences. Therefore, the best solar panel companies will have a decade of successful experience and years of operation under their belt that you can trust.