Once you already have solar panels installed on your property, you will begin reaping its benefits including reduced energy costs. Generally speaking, there’s not much maintenance required for these solar panels except for seasonal checkups to ensure that they’re still working great. Especially if you’re relying on solar power for many of your appliances at home, it is best to keep in mind some solar panel cleaning tips so you can also be sure of your energy source’s efficiency and reliability.
Solar panels are built with very durable materials. These are meant to last for many years or even up to a couple of decades or more. However, just like other things exposed to varying weather conditions outdoors, solar panels may need maintenance to prolong its lifespan and efficiency. Furthermore, if your solar panels are placed on your roof or yard, you may want to keep them clean so these would remain good looking too. After all, who would want dirty panels around their property, right?
DIY Solar Panel Cleaning Tips
If it’s pretty easy and guaranteed safe to climb up the roof of your home on your own, if this is where the solar panels are, or if the panels are within easy reach if placed on the ground, then by all means you can do the cleaning job on your own. While it is highly recommended for you to call for professional assistance, it is quite understandable if you would like to try cleaning on your own as well. For as long as the panels are in great shape, cleaning would be very simple for you.
More often than not, solar panels are placed in an inclined position. This means that the wind can easily blow dust and other foreign objects just fall off. When it rains, the solar panels are practically cleaning themselves too. But of course, there may be some bird droppings or even grime that may build up through time.
The first step is for you to use a gentle brush to loosen any materials that may have been stuck onto the panels. Note that you shouldn’t be using hard metal brushes as these may damage or scratch the solar panels. After brushing off the dirt, you can then water down the solar panels until it is completely clean. You may also dry off the panels using a soft cloth or sponge.
Do Solar Panels Have to Be Cleaned?
As mentioned, solar panels practically clean themselves through time with the wind blowing and rainwater washing dirt off every once in a while. Truth be told, you don’t really have to clean your solar panels all too often. In fact, you don’t even have to clean it at all unless the dirt has built up so much that it has become pretty obvious and unattractive to look at. If not, then leave your panels be.
If you insist, it is best to reach out with a residential solar panel contractor to ask for recommendations. You must remember that solar panels are usually covered by warranty, and any mistake you make may lead to voiding that warranty coverage.
TEO Solar offers solar repairs and service, including cleaning and maintenance when needed. Our team of experts are more than happy to assist you in making sure your solar panel installation is in perfect shape and works efficiently at all times. We service Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, Port Orange and surrounding areas. Call us at 386-437-2671 for a free estimate.
Bill has been a solar professional for more than 30 years, and has extensive experience in all things solar. During this time, he has seen solar grow, evolve, and improve. His passion is solar.