Switching to solar panels for your home’s energy needs is a great choice. Once you start enjoying the many benefits of solar power, there’s no doubt you’ll want to keep doing so for years to come. For many homeowners, this raises questions about the care and maintenance of your panels. How should you keep them in great condition? To help explain, Vision Solar takes a closer look at solar panel maintenance to ensure reliable, efficient performance for the life of your system.
Nearly Maintenance Free
Fortunately, solar panels don’t require much maintenance at all. These well-constructed systems include very few moving parts, limiting the potential for breakdowns and malfunctions. In the right conditions, some solar systems can last 30 to 40 years, and most manufacturer warranties will cover the panel system for 10 to 20 years, including each of the system’s components.
Just as helpful is that most solar panel systems will not require you to get extra insurance. Your homeowner’s insurance policy will most likely cover any potential damage that Mother Nature throws your way. This, along with the carefully constructed system design, should give you peace of mind, knowing your investment will do its job for years to come with little to no work or worry on your part.
Monitoring vs. Maintenance
While there is generally very little maintenance when it comes to solar panels, there is one thing that you should do regularly to ensure peak performance: monitor your energy production.
There’s no need to pull out a ladder and inspect your system each month. By simply checking your energy bill, you’ll be able to recognize dips in energy productivity, helping you see if there may be an issue with just a glance. If you see your panels haven’t been producing as much energy as they should be, you may want to consider a cleaning. Keep in mind that while solar panels still intake a good amount of solar energy on cloudy days, a particularly cloudy week or two can have a slight impact on the overall energy production while not signaling a performance problem.
A Light Cleaning
Should you notice that there is a small dip in energy production or your panels themselves have gotten rather dirty, it’s possible a cleaning may be just what they need to kick back into gear. Areas that are prone to smog, dirt, or dust may require cleanings here or there. If you are interested in cleaning your system, you’ll be glad to know that it isn’t very complicated. You can simply use a garden hose to wash the panels, removing the dirt that’s causing the problem. We recommend doing this a few times each year if you start to notice the panels have gotten dirty.
All systems installed by Vision Solar also include our power purchase agreement, which covers all necessary maintenance and repairs. So in the unusual case that your system fails to deliver optimal performance, our expert technicians will identify and repair the problem at no additional cost to you.
Choose Vision Solar
If you’ve avoided solar power because of concerns about maintaining equipment on your roof, there’s no reason to worry. Solar panel maintenance is nearly effortless, especially when you work with a full-service installer like Vision Solar. We make solar simple from start to finish, handling every step of the process from design and permitting to activation in just 30 days, and most systems are installed within a 24-hour window. To learn more, check out our FAQs or contact us today to speak with a member of our team.