How to find the right solar panel installation company for you in California
September 16, 2021at7:00 AM
After you’ve decided to switch over to solar power for your home, you must find a company that’s going to do a great job for you. At Solar Switch, we understand that there are a lot of solar companies out there so you’re going to want to do your research. This is why we’ve put together a few things you can look for when finding the right solar panel installation company in California for you.
Make sure they’re experienced
While someone who’s inexperienced might be able to do a great job installing solar panels on your home, you’re still putting your roof at risk of being damaged. Solar panel installers who have many years of experience doing their job will be well-versed in what it takes to do necessary repairs to your roof as needed before performing an installation as well as provide you with proper feedback about the most effective panel arrangement on your roof.
Verify that they’re licensed and insured
Companies or individuals who install solar panels professionally must be licensed and insured to do so. Verify that the installer has a general contractor’s license or a C-10 license before hiring to perform your installation. If your installer isn’t licensed, you might not just be putting your home at risk, you could potentially miss out on solar panel warranties if they’re not properly installed.
Finding out whether or not an installation company is insured is a big deal for who you should and shouldn’t hire. This is because if the company isn’t insured and one of the installers gets injured while on the job, you could be on the hook for the medical bills. OSHA requires that companies are insured for employee protection, so it could be a red flag for reliability if they’re not.
Ask for references
You can always ask a contractor if you can speak with references regarding previous jobs. You can learn plenty about a contractor by doing research on their website and speaking with them directly. But you can get an in-depth insight into how they work and what they’re like to work with before you hire them when speaking with references from previous jobs.
Ask about warranties and maintenance policies
Solar panel technology has advanced to the point where you don’t often need any maintenance done on them for about 25 years. Although, this doesn’t mean that every panel is without fault. Ask about warranties that come with the panels to make sure that they’re covered after they’re installed. Many panels will come with a 25-year warranty.
As we previously mentioned, it’s not uncommon for solar panels to work without issue for more than two decades. However, they could start to be less efficient after several years and need to be serviced. Ask the contractor about the maintenance policy so you can potentially have that covered.
Not all contractors charge the same rate. Some will hike up their prices because they feel that’s what they’re worth but others will drop their prices to simply get business. Know your budget and compare estimates contractors have given you. The cheapest probably won’t always be the best option while the most expensive might not always be worth the money. Find a balance that works for you with pricing.
It’s important to work with a contractor who’s a good communicator. You want to always be filled in as to what’s happened along the way, what to expect, and any problems that have come along in the process. If you don’t like the way a contractor communicates with you before you hire them, you’re probably going to be more frustrated after you do.
Get in touch to schedule an appointment
We know that it’s tough finding the right solar panel installation company in California. Our team at Solar Switch believes that we’re the best to help you make the switch to solar energy. You can call us at 831-236-6877 or send a message via our contact form to book your appointment with our solar consultants. We look forward to connecting with you.