What You Will Find in This Chapter,
This chapter covers solar system inspection procedures and features a checklist for
inspectors. Repair and maintenance information is not in this chapter. These
subjects are covered in their own chapters, 5 and 6, respectively.
This chapter, by itself, should provide information required for an Annual Control
Inspection. This chapter together with Chapter 6, Preventative Maintenance,
provides information needed for a Preventative Maintenance Inspection. Two
checklists are included at the end of this chapter for use in the field.
The information in Appendices A, B and C will be helpful in performing the
operations described in this chapter. Appendix C describes the tools which may be
required. In addition, bring the maintenance and operation manual furnished with
the system, if it is available.
Inspection is an important part of any solar service effort. A system inspection
should be made once a year. Ideally, it is done either in the spring or fall to spot
problems before the weather extremes of summer and winter arrive.
In some cases, inspections are done independently, to determine maintenance and
repair needs. In other cases, inspection and maintenance are performed
simultaneously. In general, they are done together if personnel qualified and
equipped to perform maintenance and simple repairs are performing the inspection.
Remember, information on repairing or maintaining these components is found in
Chapters 5 and 6.