Solar panels require little maintenance, but there are a few steps that owners should be aware of to ensure proper management of their systems. In order to guarantee peak performance of your solar panels, check out the maintenance tips below.
For the system to absorb as much energy from the sun as they can, owners should annually clean their panels. Sometimes obstructions such as growing tree branches and fallen leaves block the sunlight, which keeps you from getting optimal results. Buildup on the panels such as pollen and other debris can block sunlight as well.
Some of the cleaning process can be done by the owner themselves, but it is recommended to call a professional for the safety of the owner and preservation of the system. An expert can safely remove debris from the glass panels with the proper tools and can assess any potential damage in the process, that way they can guide you through the next steps.
An annual cleaning should be enough for most systems. There are a few factors that can affect the cost of cleaning or the frequency that they need to be done. System location, amount of build-up and size of the system are a few things that could increase the cost of cleaning your system.
In the event of inclement weather such as a snowstorm, it is highly recommended to seek a professional to take care of the aftermath. Even a careful sweeping of snow with the wrong equipment can scratch the panels, cause serious damage and compromise your warranty.
Snow will melt off the panels on its own, but if you feel you must clean them there are a few options. You can invest in a proper snow roof rake for anywhere from $30-$150, but you need to use extreme caution when cleaning. You can also install an automatic cleaning system to avoid the problem altogether.
Similarly, you should not power wash your roof, as the water pressure can damage the panels.
Usually solar panel systems come with a monitor which allows homeowners to measure the performance of the system. If your monitor notifies you of a failure in the system or a sudden dip in energy output, you should have it inspected by a professional as soon as possible in order to solve the problem correctly.
Even if you are not notified of any issues, you should still have an annual inspection. Professionals may be able to find small cracks in the panels, which could leak moisture into the system and do extensive damage if not handled in a timely manner. An annual inspection can catch small problems before they become significant.
At the end of the day, owners of solar panels are responsible for repairs and maintenance. Make sure to read the warranties of your purchase and check your home insurance to see if solar panel repairs are covered.
Solar energy is a low-maintenance option that gives homeowners peace of mind about their environmental impact – and it can certainly make a dent in monthly utility bills. For more information, call us today at (888) 666-3588 or visit our website www.momentumsolar.com.