Solar Panel Maintenance
Everything you need to know
Solar panels are a great investment
But how do you maintain them?
Do solar panels need to be maintained?
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance in order to function.
The only thing they need is
a periodic light cleaning to make sure dirt, leaves, and other debris aren't obstructing the
The only time you may need more extensive maintenance is during periods of heavy snowfall, or if your panels' energy output starts to decrease. Let's take a closer look at how to make sure your solar panels last as long as possible.
How do you maintain solar panels?
If your panels are tilted, you’re in luck: rainfall actually clears away debris that's accumulated on them.
However, during the dry season or extended periods without rain, it's important to
clean them manually. It is generally recommended that you perform solar panel cleaning between
two and four times per year. The good news is that this doesn’t require much work.
All you really need is a leaf blower or a quick spray with a garden hose, and your panels will be clean and in top condition.
In winter, you may need to clean your panels after a heavy snowfall. If you're using water to clear the snow away, make sure it's lukewarm. You can also use a squeegee with a long handle. Just remember, never use hot water when clearing snow off the panels.
The panels are made of tempered glass, and the extreme temperature disparity between hot water and cold panels can crack them.
The installation process is done with minimal disruption, your power is only off for a few minutes, we have a team of polite installers and usually clean up after work.
By integrating a solar panel monitoring system into your setup, you can track how much energy your panels
produce on any given day, and how much they produce over time.
This allows you to see exactly how various external factors affect your panels' performance and how well they're maintaining their efficiency across their life.
The monitoring system will also alert you if a panel breaks or malfunctions so that you can repair or replace it.
Ground panels vs. roof panels
Is there a maintenance difference?
The only real difference
between maintaining ground-mounted solar systems and roof solar systems is that ground panels
are easier to access, and therefore easier to keep clean.
If you notice a buildup of snow or other debris, you can simply sweep it off with a broom.
How to repair or replace solar panels
If your panels need to be repaired or replaced, it's best to hire a professional.
. If they're losing
efficiency and still under a performance/power output warranty, then call your solar company.
They'll send someone to assess the situation and either fix the problem or replace the panels. If your panels have sustained physical damage, that's often covered under a separate equipment warranty, or under your homeowners' insurance.
Find out if and how your panels are covered for damage, and whom to call to file a claim. Either way, don't attempt to install solar panels or make repairs yourself unless you're experienced with home solar systems.
Conclusion: Are solar panels hard to maintain?
All-in-all, maintaining your solar panels is pretty easy.
. Just be sure to get a
good warranty and good insurance, and can keep your panels free of dirt and debris buildup.
Do that, and your panels should continue to operate at peak efficiency, bringing you clean, renewable solar power for years to come.
Learn more about installing solar panels in your home today! (Link to installation page)