Do solar panels need maintenance?

Solar panels generally require very little maintenance. They’re built to endure over the long term and, because they don’t have any moving parts, they rarely “break down”. 

However there are a few things to do over the life of your solar system to ensure maximum solar output.

Maintenance on your solar panels

Usually, the main thing you’ll need to do to maintain your solar panels will be the odd clean from time to time. This is because dust, grime and bird droppings can build up on your panels which can impact how efficient they are.

In reality, this is unlikely to impact your solar output very much in the short term. But depending on where you live and the angle of your solar panels, we recommend cleaning them once every 6-12 months.

For example, solar panels next to busy roadways or in climates that get less rain tend to get dirtier, quicker. Similarly, debris will build up more on flatter panels than those on more of a tilt, so we recommend more regular cleaning for flat solar panels. 

The most important thing to remember when cleaning your solar panels is that safety comes first. Do not get on your roof unless it is safe to do so. 

In most cases, spraying your panels with a hose from the ground will be sufficient. If you can get on your roof, just use a sponge and some clean water to gently clean your panels. 

While you’re up there, be sure to check for damage, rust or cracks in your panels. Check that no cables are exposed to direct sunlight and ensure that all fixings are tightly secured with no framing or panels loose. 

If you can’t get on your roof and you can’t access your panels to clean them from the ground, you could hire a professional to come in and do this for you. Just do an internet search for solar panel cleaners in your area

Maintenance on the system

There’s not much to do when it comes to maintenance on the system itself. 

Be sure to monitor your solar system’s output over its lifetime and, every now and again, check that the WiFi reporting is functioning.

Keep an eye on your energy consumption and electricity bills to ensure the correct solar credits are being applied.

Considering solar panels but have more questions?

At Solar Flow, we walk all of our clients through a one-on-one energy consultation in order to answer any questions they have and help them identify whether solar will be the right solution for them. 

So whether you’re ready to get a free, no-obligation solar quote or want to ask us some of your solar questions first, give us a call on 1300 93 14 24 to learn more.

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