How To Maintain Your Solar Panels


Solar panels are some of the most low-maintenance home improvements available. However, regular maintenance and care are still needed to keep them in optimal shape and ensure they produce their usual power output. Solar experts recommend cleaning your panels every six months to a year. 

Like any power source, solar panels need a little care from time to time to keep running smoothly. One of the most important things you can do to maintain your solar panels is clean them regularly. Keeping them clean and free from dust, dirt, and other debris can improve their efficiency by as much as 20 percent. To clean your solar panels, start by hosing them down with water. Make sure the water is not too hot or too cold, as excessively cold water can cause damage to the panels. Then, use a soft brush or a squeegee to scrub the soapy water onto your panels. Then rinse them off and let them dry in the sun. It’s also a good idea to periodically check the surrounding trees and hedges for potential obstructions that can block sunlight from reaching your panels. For example, if a tree grows in size or obstructs the panels’ view, you should trim it to allow more sunlight access. 

Solar panels are engineered to withstand harsh weather conditions, but they can still be damaged. They’re also prone to arc faults, which happen when extreme heat is produced between electrical conductors. Although these incidents are rare, they can cause damage that requires solar panel maintenance. This includes repairing or replacing the solar panels themselves, as well as wires and connections. In most cases, these repairs will be covered under your warranty. These warranties guarantee that your panels will not fall below a certain performance level or produce less energy than they should. 

It’s always a good idea to monitor your solar system to check for any issues that may arise. This can be done through solar panel monitoring software or by analyzing your electricity bill. If you notice a drop in your solar production, this could be an indicator of something wrong with your system. Got more questions? At Wonder Electric Co. Inc, their professionals work to help provide each and every customer with attention to detail and individual solutions that are going to work for you. Contact them today: