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How to Maintain Solar Panels

So you decided to install solar panels on your home! Excellent decision, but now you might be faced with questions on what you need to do next? How do you care for your solar panels? Does this change depending on the seasons or weather?

Are Solar Panels Hard to Maintain?

No! Lucky for you and solar panel owners everywhere, solar panels don’t require much maintenance.

How Often Should I Clean My Solar Panels

At least once a year, we would recommend scheduling a cleaning for your solar panels, but that’s about it. Solar panels work best when they are clear and free of dirt so that they absorb as much of the UV rays as they’re exposed to - dirt and debris get in the way of this.

How to Clean Solar Panels

The best way to clean your solar panels is with a hose and some soapy water to gently rinse any buildup, residue, or grime from the panels. You will want to avoid any deep scrubbing as that can result in the panel becoming scratched. It’s also best to consult with your solar company as they may have more information on appropriate cleaning methods.

How NOT to Clean Solar Panels

If you want to try your hand at cleaning them yourself, be careful. It’s important to know which methods to avoid. These include:

  • Abrasive cleaning methods like steel wool or scratch pads
  • Hard water - it will leave build up on the surface of the panel, affecting energy output
  • Power washer - can damage joints in the panel’s frame or damage the panels themselves

If you don’t want to risk damaging your solar panels, trust the cleaning to the solar professionals at August Roofing and Solar.

Do Solar Panels Need to Be Inspected?

Yes, to make sure that your panels are operating at optimal capacity, we recommend scheduling regular inspections with our team. During these inspections, we’ll make sure that your system is in proper working order and that everything is functioning at peak capacity. This will ensure that your panels are generating the most energy and save you on repair costs down the road.

Ensure that your solar panels last their entire lifetime by investing in the proper care of them now! For any questions or assistance in maintaining your panels, don’t hesitate to contact our team! Either visit our website or give us a call at (805) 519-8099 for maintenance and service.