As you know, solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, gain some energy independence and lower your electric bill. But all of that is hard to do if your solar panels aren’t properly maintained. Here are some great tips on how to keep your solar panels maintained and working at full capacity, even after years of use.
Keep Your Solar Panels Clear and Clean
The simplest maintenance task is just to regularly take a look at your solar panels to check for debris. If you get a good amount of rain in your area, the rainwater will probably be enough to keep your solar panels clean. But if you live in a dry and dusty area, or are having a dry spell, you’ll need to do some cleaning. This is because any significant debris on your solar panels will keep them from getting all the sun they can get.
If you have a well-situated hose with a spray nozzle, there’s a chance you can wash the solar panels from below. If not, you’ll have to get up on the roof. But don’t worry. This probably won’t be too strenuous.
For light maintenance, you can just use a gentle sponge, non-abrasive broom or Swiffer. If more work is required, you’ll probably want to use a solar panel cleaning kit. This typically includes a wiper and/or a brush, along with some gentle soap. Avoid using very hot or cold water, and don’t apply too much pressure. Carefully follow all the directions that come with the kit to avoid causing any damage.
Check Parts and Connections
Depending on the type of solar panels you have, parts and wires may need some light maintenance and inspection as well. Make sure every component of your solar panels remains fully connected and free of debris or damage.
If you don’t feel safe getting on your roof, or you feel like soapy water could make you slip and fall, don’t risk it. There are people you can hire to do this for you. If you have trouble finding someone you can call a gutter cleaning service, as it’s similar work.
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