Understanding the Maintenance Needs of Your Solar Panel System
In the FAQ section of virtually every solar panel installer or related website, you’re probably going to run into a vague answer to a question about what kinds of maintenance needs will be associated with your solar panels. The reality is that quite a few people can start to hesitate when it comes to adding a solar energy system to their home because of their worries surrounding maintenance and upkeep costs. At Kosmos Solar in Grand Prairie, TX, our team of skilled solar panel installation specialists has been working with residents and businesses across the DFW Metroplex for years on a wide variety of solar power-related projects, including maintenance concerns.
To help our customers, and readers, get a better idea of what it takes to keep your solar power system in top working condition, we decided to spend some time going over the topic in more detail. Because a solar panel system will be installed outdoors, and in a place exposed to sunlight throughout the day, there is always going to be a need for certain levels of maintenance to ensure your equipment continues to perform as intended for as long as possible. If you’re opting to sign up for a solar lease or Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) then chances are good that the company you’re working with will handle maintenance routines and schedules themselves. If you’re installing a solar power system yourself though, it is always a good idea to be aware of exactly what is needed to keep everything running.
Periodic Cleaning is Important
Unless you’re planning on adding a complex system for sun-tracking and efficiency that involves multiple moving parts, your solar power system will be entirely motionless once it’s been installed. The panels themselves are designed to stand up to the harsh elements of the outdoors for decades thanks to rust-free aluminum frames and tempered glass that has been built to last. New models of various products even including a special coating that makes dust and other particles less likely to build upon the surface.
Wherever you live, your solar panels will sometimes need a good rinsing off at the very least. If you live in a desert or an area with a lot of pollen, this might need to be done every few months. In other areas, cleaning once or twice a year is enough. You can safely handle the cleaning yourself with an effective aim and enough garden hose to reach the panel surfaces. If you want to be sure your panels are squeaky clean, you use an extendable wand with a soft fiber attachment for glass cleaning. It is important to be sure to always wipe or rinse your panels carefully though so that there is no soap residue left.
When cleaning the panels though, remember that you have the dangerous power to void the warranty yourself. This means you will need to be careful not to scratch the surface of your panels because this can cause micro etching on the glass which will reduce its efficiency. Also, remember not to use abrasives or harsh chemicals when cleaning your panels for the same reason.
Of course, some solar modules will be harder to get to (not to mention some of us are not good at handling extendible tools). If you aren’t confident handling the cleaning work yourself, don’t be afraid to hire a professional solar panel cleaner near you.
Windy Conditions Require A Little Extra Attention
Are you worried about your solar panels getting damaged in high wind? The reality is that this should never be a problem. The panel body is designed for extreme weather conditions, including high wind loads. The only thing to worry about in the wind is flying debris. Be sure to clear away any loose debris or objects from the solar panels regularly, because this can interfere with the efficiency of your system.
Contact Kosmos Solar in Grand Prairie, Texas For Solar Panel Maintenance Questions
When properly installed, a solar panel system can withstand almost any weather condition – from everyday life events to extreme storm situations – and most of the time, they will require very little maintenance on your part. If you’re concerned about the condition of your system, or you have questions about properly caring for your panels, don’t hesitate to contact our team right away so we can get started helping you!