Solar panels require little maintenance, but there are a few steps that owners can take to make sure their systems are operating at full capacity. In order to guarantee peak performance of your solar panels, check out the maintenance tips below.
Owners should annually have their panels cleaned to enable the the system to absorb as much energy from the sun as it can. 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.
In the event of inclement weather, 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 your system is being compromised then we suggest seeking help from your solar provider.
Similarly, you should not power wash your roof, as the water pressure can damage the panels.
Even small cracks and damages can affect the efficiency of your system. We highly recommend that homeowners regularly check for broken glass, unexpected power cuts, lower power production or an error message from your inverter. If these problems go undetected, you will not be able to save as much in the long run because your solar panel system won’t be operating to its full potential. Call your solar provider to determine why your panels are losing capacity and determine if you need repairs.
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 diagnose the issue.
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.