Whole-home solar system maintenance is essential for ensuring your investment remains at optimal performance. Thankfully, the upkeep needed to support your system working its best is minimal. There are a couple of things that you can do at regular intervals to help guarantee that you get the most out of your solar system.
Visually Inspect Your System
Some of the solar system maintenance you can do on your own is to visually inspect everything, especially after a strong storm or hurricane. While most solar panels can withstand strong winds and some impact, there is always the possibility they get damaged. While checking for damage, you should also check to see if anything is obstructing them, like a branch or other debris. The same goes for your solar pool heating systems.
Cleaning Whole-Home Solar Panels
You have probably never thought to clean your whole-home solar panels, and that is because you usually don’t have to. For the most part, regular rainfall will wash away any dirt and dust that can build up and reduce the overall efficiency of your system. During the winter dry season, that dust may build up. The impact on efficiency will be minimal, but if you want to get the most from your panels, you can clean them off by gently rinsing them down with water from your hose. Avoid using chemicals and rinsing them in extreme heat. Sudden temperature changes may cause some types of panels or older panels to crack or warp. If you can’t safely reach your panels to rinse them off, you should seek help from solar cleaning professionals.
Annual Professional Inspection
Your whole-home solar system maintenance plan should include an annual inspection from a solar specialist like Stilwell Solar. Annual evaluations look at your entire system to check that everything is working. It will also identify any potential issues before they result in your system failing.
You should also seek help from solar professionals to properly and safely remove and reinstall your solar system if you are repairing or replacing your roof.
When you need your whole-home solar system repaired or inspected, the specialists at Stilwell Solar are ready to help. Even if we didn’t install your system, we can help you fix and maintain it. Call (239) 495-5988 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.