Solar energy is quickly becoming one of the most popular and cost-effective energy solutions in the country. More and more families and businesses are installing solar panels onto their property. Yet, just as with anything, solar panels require routine maintenance to get the most out of them.
Here are just a few things you should be doing to keep your solar panels up and running:
Check for rack and roof penetrations
Solar panels are mounted onto racks which are then bolted into the roof. This ensures that the solar panels stay in place and do not cause any undue damage to your home. However, there is always the chance that your rack or roof gets damaged. If you notice any leaks, contact your solar panel installer to get it fixed. Most rack and roof penetrations are covered by your warranty.
Check the panels after severe weather
Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, and the like can cause significant damage to your property. Your solar panels are not immune to this. After a severe storm, go out to check your panels for any possible damage. Most issues can be spotted just by looking at the panels, but be sure to check your panels’ performance online as well.
Check your solar panel system
Most solar panel systems come with online monitoring software. This will give you basic information on how your solar system is running on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis. Checking the system at least once a month can help you stay on top of any underlying issues that may be affecting energy output.
Clean your solar panels
When exposed to the elements, solar panels can get dirty. This won’t just affect their appearance, but it can also impact their effectiveness. In fact, dirty solar panels can lose up to 80% of their effectiveness. As such, it’s always a good idea to get your solar panels regularly cleaned—at least once every two years—to keep them in tip top shape.