If you are trying to save money on your electric bill by installing solar panels on your roof, it is probably a good idea to hire an electrical contractor to do the work. While putting in one panel is not a big deal, going for a whole array with a battery backup should be done by a professional. If you are debating this, here are a few reasons to consider not doing it yourself.
One of the biggest reasons to hire an electrician is his or her experience. A professional really knows and understands how electricity works and what can happen if something is not done correctly. In addition, if there is a situation where something needs to be done a bit differently due to the current wiring or so on, the professional will know what alternative measures can be used without risking damage to the property. A simple mistake can be a fire hazard that could be dangerous.
Regulations and Inspections
Depending on where you live, there could be specific regulations that need to be followed. In addition, a large array will probably need to be inspected. When you use an electrical contractor, you can be sure that all code regulations will be met so everything will pass any required inspections. If you will be connecting the solar system to the electrical grid, and hope to be able to sell any excess electricity you produce to the power company, you will need to have an electrician do the work for it to be legal.
If the electrician notices there is a problem with the current roof, he or she will probably know a roofing contractor that can fix the problem. If the works is done and you find it leaks or there is damage done to the roof, the contractor will be responsible for fixing it. In addition, the company's insurance will pay for anything that is destroyed in the house due to the leaks. If you were to do the work yourself, and there was damage later, you would have to pay for it to be fixed out of your own pocket.
Electricity is not something you should work on yourself unless you have some type of training or experience. A simple mistake could shock you and cause you to fall off the roof, possibly permanently injuring yourself. Hire a contractor like those found at Dr Electric and you, your family, and your home will be safe.