Solar panel Cleaning Tips
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.
4/11/2019 11:59:39 pm
These are some amazing tips on how to clean a solar panel. It is very important to clean your solar panel as it will effect the efficiency to consume the energy from sun and also as mentioned above solar panels are exposed to varying weather conditions outdoors, solar panels may need maintenance to prolong its lifespan and efficiency.
9/30/2020 02:30:52 pm
It was helpful when you said to use a gentle brush to clean them. My husband and I want to look into getting solar panels installed for our home in a couple of weeks so that we can save on energy bills and help the environment, and we want to make sure that we know how to keep them clean. We'll make sure to keep these tips in mind once we find a professional that can install solar panels for our home.
1/11/2022 01:03:24 pm
I agree with the one who said, "it will effect the efficiency to consume the energy from sun".
5/16/2022 01:54:59 am
It got me when you discussed that solar panels don't need to be cleaned too often. For some reason, our solar system stopped working. I think it's time to hire a technician to take care of our solar system repair.
It's great to know that we only need to get the solar panels cleaned when there is dirt built up, other than that, there is no need to. I will keep this in mind when I get a residential solar PV system installed in our home this year. We just need another source of power this time because our bills have almost doubled these past few months now.
5/20/2022 08:18:53 am
Cleaning your solar panels is an extremely important step in keeping your solar panel system as efficient as possible. Wash Rite are experts in cleaning all brands and types of solar panel systems.
6/7/2022 11:56:14 am
Thank you for explaining that seasonal checkups on your solar panels is one of the only things you'll need to maintain your solar panels. I've been wondering what sort of steps we'll need to take to take care of our new solar panels. I'll be sure to keep this in mind and get this service scheduled regularly.
6/29/2022 09:37:56 pm
Thanks for sharing this interesting blog with us. I am also a solar paneI cleaner and running a solar panel cleaning company in California called “Aqua Solar Cleaners”. Here we offer residential & commercial solar panel cleaning services with Semi-Annual, Quarterly, monthly options. You can also check out our website for more : https://www.aquasolarcleaners.com/
11/30/2022 09:51:27 pm
It's great to know that the wind can easily blow out the dust and other debris on the solar panel because it is usually inclined when installed. Since I plan to have a residential solar installation next year, I can have peace of mind that the system will not have dirt stuck on it all the time. So this means that having this kind of system will actually be low maintenance aside from reducing our monthly expenses as well.
12/20/2022 06:47:35 pm
I appreciate what you said about cleaning the pool of dirt. My pool liner has a lot of cracks and is flaking. I'll have to have it replaced.
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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.