Solar panels are an investment in clean energy and a sustainable future and to ensure they continue to deliver efficient and reliable power for your household, regular maintenance which includes cleaning is essential.  By dedicating a little time and effort, you can prolong the lifespan of your solar panels and get maximum return on your investment.  So, here are 7 tips to maintaining your solar panels

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your solar panels clean is crucial for optimal energy absorption. Dust, dirt, pollen, and bird droppings can accumulate on the panel surface, hindering their ability to capture sunlight and leading to decreased electricity production. Gently hose down the panels or use a soft brush to remove debris. Avoid using abrasive materials that could scratch the glass..

Inspect for Damage

Regularly inspect your solar panels for any signs of damage or wear. Check for cracks, chips, or discoloration on the surface. If you notice any issues, take note of them and address them promptly to prevent further damage and maintain the panels’ performance.

Monitor Energy Output

Keep track of your solar panel’s energy output through your monitoring system. A sudden drop in energy production could indicate a problem with the panels. Monitoring also helps you identify any potential issues early, allowing you to take action before they escalate.

Trim Surrounding Vegetation

If your solar panels are surrounded by trees or plants, ensure that branches and foliage don’t cast shadows on the panels. Shade can significantly reduce energy production. Regularly trim nearby vegetation to prevent shading and maximise sunlight exposure.

Professional Inspections

While you can handle basic inspections and maintenance, it’s advisable to schedule professional inspections periodically. Solar experts like our team at HeadOn can assess your panels for issues such as loose connections, wiring problems, or potential water leaks. Their expertise ensures the longevity and efficiency of your solar energy system.

Check for weather resilience

Solar panels are designed to withstand various weather conditions, but severe weather events can take a toll. After storms or heavy snowfall, inspect your panels for any damage. Clear snow and debris gently to avoid causing harm to the surface.

Maintenance records

Keep a record of your maintenance activities, including cleaning dates, inspections, and any repairs conducted. This documentation can be valuable for warranty claims or tracking the performance of your solar panels over time.

Maintaining your solar panels is a proactive approach to ensuring they continue to generate clean energy efficiently. By incorporating these maintenance practices into your routine, you’re not only protecting your investment but also contributing to a sustainable and eco-friendly future. Remember, a little care goes a long way in maintaining your panels and getting maximum returns for your investment.

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