How Frequent Should You Maintain Your Solar Panels?

Moving parts are the biggest contributors to maintenance and repair budgets. For example, an air compressor has many moving parts that are always working at near-maximum levels. Therefore, machinists must always shut their machines off and have technicians inspect them.

Fortunately, both roofs and solar panels are low-maintenance because they have zero moving parts. On solar panels, only electrons and other elements that produce electricity are moving. However, solar cells have high-quality shielding that protects this entire process.

Tilted panels require the most infrequent maintenance possible because rainfall can clear away any blocking debris. On the other hand, you will still need to clear them during spring and summer. 

Inspecting your solar panels is the best way to learn about their condition. You can use a ladder to observe the solar panels closely for any dirt and debris. You can use a drone camera to check your roof if the solar panels are stories high on your multi-floor property.

You can learn more about solar panel maintenance from Solar Reviews' article below. Read more about it.

How do you maintain solar panels?

If your panels are tilted, you’re in luck: rainfall actually clears away debris that's accumulated on them. However, during the dry season or extended periods without rain, it's important to clean them manually. It is generally recommended that you perform solar panel cleaning between two and four times per year. The good news is that this doesn’t require much work. All you really need is a leaf blower or a quick spray with a garden hose, and your panels will be clean and in top condition.

In winter, you may need to clean your panels after a heavy snowfall. If you're using water to clear the snow away, make sure it's lukewarm. You can also use a squeegee with a long handle. Just remember, never use hot water when clearing snow off the panels. The panels are made of tempered glass, and the extreme temperature disparity between hot water and cold panels can crack them.

Ground panels vs. roof panels: Is there a maintenance difference?

The only real difference between maintaining ground-mounted solar systems and roof solar systems is that ground panels are easier to access, and therefore easier to keep clean. If you notice a buildup of snow or other debris, you can simply sweep it off with a broom. (Continued)

You can trust Roper Roofing and Solar to provide you with the best solar installation and maintenance services in Littleton, CO. Contact us today to learn more about everything we can do for you.


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