GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- If you have solar panels or you're thinking of going solar, there's an important thing you should keep in mind. When it comes to replacing your roof, you're going to have an extra expense you probably weren't expecting.
"From wherever it's leaking, who knows, but it goes, it comes down and goes through this particular light," Gary Pyke said, showing 3 On Your Side where his roof leaks every time it rains. It's a problem that he says is getting worse.
"We have a couple of leaks on the roof, so we need to repair the roof," he said matter-of-factly.
With the monsoon and heavy rains coming soon, it needs to happen sooner rather than later. The Gilbert homeowner found a roofing company that said it could replace his entire roof for $11,500.
But before that roofing company -- or any company, for that matter -- can replace Pyke's roof, his 55 solar panels need to be removed.
According to Pyke, that's pricey.
"More than fixing the roof," he said.
Removing and reinstalling those solar panels will cost $13,000. That's on top of the $11,500 for the roof.
That $13,000 quote came from Tesla, which now owns the company that installed Pyke's solar panels seven years ago.
Pyke says he can't believe the $13,000 price.
"I've called several times to them to verify that price," he said.
Pyke says he's satisfied with the solar power and monthly savings, but he's not happy with the $13,000 Tesla wants to charge to remove and reinstall those panels.
While he could go with a less expensive company to remove the panels, Pyle believes that causes another problem.
"[Tesla] said if there's any damage those solar panels at that time or in the future, they're not responsible to cover any of that damage," he explained.
3 On Your Side contacted Tesla to verify that it really wants to charge $13,000 to remove and reinstall Pyke's solar panels. The company confirmed the price. But after our involvement, Pyke says Tesla reached out to him and reduced the cost to $9,000. Pyke says that's still a ridiculous amount. He said he had no idea it would cost so much when he went solar back in 2012.
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"Seven years later, and I need to fix the roof," he said. "Now they want $13,000 take them off and put them back on."
This is a common issue for anyone who goes solar, but it's something they simply don't think about. Any savings you get from using solar will go to removing and reinstalling those panels should you need to repair or replace your roof.
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