How Long Do Solar Panels Last and When Should They Be Replaced?

When you’re considering going solar, it’s important to understand what’s involved with this process and what you as a homeowner can generally expect.

As a rule of thumb, solar panels will generally last 25 to 30 years. Even after they have gone through that entire life cycle, solar panels will continue to produce electricity, but the amount they produce may be diminished from when they were originally manufactured. However, it’s not uncommon for solar panels to function for many decades as long as they aren’t damaged by the weather or any other external factors. This is possible because solar panels don’t have any moving parts, and they rarely break internally.

Solar panels should be replaced when they degrade to a point where they no longer offer efficient electrical generation for your home. With a return on investment average of six to eight years, this is usually long after your solar panel system has paid for itself in savings on your electricity bill. At this point, you should think about replacing your solar panels.

How Can I Ensure My Solar Panels Last as Long as Possible?

Call GVEC Home® if you suspect your solar panel system is damaged or producing less energy. We can check your panels and system properly to determine if there’s any issues that need to be addressed. If you try to do it yourself, you could void the warranty on the panels or end up damaging them.

Where Can I Turn for All My Home’s Solar Panel Needs?

In 1938, our founders started an electric cooperative in the Guadalupe Valley, and in 2013, GVEC Home® began selling solar panel systems to our South Central Texas customers. If you’re interested in solar, we provide:

  • Permit services
  • Free site evaluations and quotes
  • Quality solar panel installations and repairs
  • Home computer energy monitoring
  • A 25-year warranty on products
  • A 10-year warranty on installation

You can also rely on us for internet services or any issue that calls for a certified HVAC technician or a qualified electrician. If you’re located anywhere in South Central Texas, including Gonzales, Schertz, Seguin, La Vernia, Cuero, New Braunfels, Cibolo Moulton, or surrounding areas, call GVEC Home at 855.898.8807 today.