Sunday, July 19th, 2020
Many homeowners feel excited about solar panels to generate clean energy, take advantage of solar incentives, and save money for the next 25 years or more. However, many of them also wonder if solar panels require maintenance, the same as cars do every year for example. Therefore, do solar panels require maintenance?
Throughout this article, we answered the most asked questions by homeowners who go solar regarding maintenance. So keep reading to learn more about it!
The main question wondered by all homeowners who go solar is if solar panels require maintenance. Luckily, solar panels require very little maintenance. But a great tip for your panels to stay effective would be to make sure that there isn’t any debris obstructing the sun’s rays. For example, dirt or leaves.
Before you rush to your phone to call for maintenance, there are a few things you could do to save yourself some money.
#1 You’re lucky if your solar panels were installed tilted because rainfall will clear away debris accumulated on them. On the other hand, be ready to manually clean them during the dry season. How? Very simple, you could either use a leaf blower or a quick spray with a garden hose to clean them.
In winter, there is a possibility that your solar panels get fully covered in snow which could affect your array’s production. In order to get rid of that snow, you could either use lukewarm water or a squeegee with a long handle.
DO NOT use hot water to avoid cracking the glass due to the temperature disparity between hot water and cold panels.
Solar panels are built to be strong and long-lasting. They are made of a strong layer of tempered glass to protect them through all kinds of weather such as wind, rain, snow, and more. But does that mean that solar panels are indestructible?
As strong as they are, solar panels are not 100% indestructible and on rare occasions can suffer from hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, or lightning. Despite that, if you have a warranty and/ or insurance covering your panels, you could be able to get damaged solar panels repaired.
Yes, you can! The solar panel monitoring system allows you to track how much energy is produced on any given day, and how much is produced over time. Such systems allow homeowners to see the performance of their solar panels as well as the efficiency across their life.
In conclusion, solar panels do require maintenance but very little. There are many things you can do to save yourself some money and do the maintenance yourself. In addition, it’s important to monitor the health of your panels, and such can be done through a solar panel monitoring system.
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