Like most home add-ons, solar panels come with some costs that you will have to deal with in the long term. While maintenance is one such cost, it is an aspect that is often forgotten when considering residential solar power. At first glance, it may seem that ongoing maintenance of your panels is going to be a pretty daunting issue. This is because of the sophisticated technology involved as well as the vital function it plays within your home. However, it is not that difficult to keep your system running flawlessly and well maintained for many years.
Let’s explore some of the steps you will need to take to ensure that your solar panel system functions smoothly throughout its lifespan.
Check the maintenance clause in your warranty
Each solar company will tend to offer its own version of warranty coverage. So, it is in your best interest to know up front what your system’s warranty covers. In all likelihood this will all become clear to you during the sales process, but make sure to take note of the details. You may need to make use of these warranties down the line in order to minimize your maintenance costs.
Firstly, check when you buy a new system, that the performance guarantee they offer you is adequate for your needs. Solar companies should set a standard performance level for their panels and systems. If the system you have at home is underperforming, you can then avail yourself of free repairs or outright replacement.
Periodic maintenance checks
Checking up on your system and its components from time to time will alert you to any potential issues. This requires inspecting the physical condition of the structures, components, and connections. It also involves assessing system performance to see if it is at the levels you expect. If you find nothing wrong, you can rest assured that the system will work as intended.
Of course, it’s tough to conduct maintenance checks if you don’t exactly know what to look out for. That’s why your installer will also provide personnel who can do the checks for you at set intervals during the system’s life cycle. Again, you should check with your provider if they automatically cover these inspections, or if you’ll have to pay extra.
Clean when necessary
There are also some additional items that don’t fall directly under warranties but will help keep your solar power system working well. Cleaning the panels regularly is one good example. This is especially true for locations with dusty conditions. Each case will naturally vary depending on the local environment. Your house may be more prone to seasonal debris due to trees that scatter fallen leaves on your rooftop panels.
Many people are perfectly comfortable hosing off dirt or dust that accumulates on the panel surfaces. Others, though, might not be up to the job. If you fall in the latter group, check with your provider to see if they offer cleaning services. They might even provide an annual service for free if you’re lucky.
Maintenance is the key to long lasting panels
Solar panels and their supporting structure should give you decades of good use. One of the best big advantages of solar power, is that a good system is extremely reliable. Still, periodic maintenance, checks, and other upkeep-related activities will help ensure longevity and consistent performance. If you’re looking for a system for your home, contact us. We’ll give you all the information you need about maintenance and related aspects.
The US Utility Sector is experiencing massive power demands due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruptions could occur at any time.
With a properly installed Solar power supply:
- Your electricity feed will remain secure
- If the power goes down, you won’t be left in the dark
- All essential appliances will continue to work
- Wi-fi and internet connections will remain operational
- You will be unaffected by the inevitable increases in utility costs
- Remain safe and secure while continuing to work from home
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