Solar Panel Maintenance Tips
There are plenty known benefits of using solar power as your primary energy source. It reduces your energy bills greatly. It also lessens your carbon footprint significantly. However, some hesitate trying out solar power because of the fear of having to maintain their power source on their own. They feel like it’s an added responsibility that will just take up so much time, effort, and of course, money. These aren’t exactly true! Solar panel maintenance is actually pretty simple. Once you learn more about it, you will certainly give yourself a pat on the back. You made such a great decision to switch to solar!
Solar panels are designed to be placed outdoors where it can receive as much sunlight as possible. They are made to be very durable so that they can withstand extreme weather conditions and all the outdoor elements they would have to deal with every day. Truth be told, they require very little maintenance. While you can always get assistance from your contractor for seasonal solar panel maintenance and possible repairs when needed, it’s nice to know some of these tips listed down below.
1. Check your contract with the solar company for any included maintenance services.
It is very possible for you to have maintenance services included in the package of your solar panel installation. It’s true that solar power requires little maintenance and minimal care, but it’s good to know that you can have professionals check it out every now and then to ensure that it works its best.
2. It is best to ask solar contractors for assistance in maintenance.
While you can most likely handle little maintenance on your own, it is still best to call your contractor. This will prevent any violation of your warranty should you be committing even tiny mistakes. This will also ensure your safety as climbing up your roof or dealing with large solar panel installations in your yard can be quite risky. Furthermore, contractors would be the best people to check on your controllers, solar battery backups, or other features connected to your solar panels.
3. Know about the best times for cleaning.
Solar panels are best cleaned with water using your regular garden hose. While they are very durable and won’t likely break even with stronger water pressure, try to use gentler water pressure levels especially if the panels are not even that dirty. The best times for cleaning are early in the morning before the sun rises or in the evening, at least an hour or two after the sun sets. When the solar panels are too hot after receiving too much sunlight during the day, they may be at risk of cracking when you use cold water on them.
4. Ask your contractor about automated cleaners.
Solar panels require little cleaning. More often than not, wind and rainwater will wash away most of the dirt. However, since the sun shines over Florida most of the year, it can be possible that dust and other debris may accumulate over your solar panels over time before getting washed off by rain. To avoid having to clean on your own, having these automated cleaners would be nice, too.
For solar repairs and service, TEO Solar is the company to call. We are experts in solar power maintenance and all other solar-related jobs you may require. Our service areas cover Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Bunnell, and nearby communities. For a free estimate, call 386-437-2671.
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.