You’ve made the smart choice to buy solar panels and produce energy from the sun. Now, it’s important you understand how to maximize your solar system by keeping it operating at its peak performance.
Protecting and caring for your investment is an important part of owning any item. Thankfully, solar panels are extremely durable. But like any technology, solar panels can break either on their own or through exposure to weather. Regular checkups can save you from having to deal with costly repairs down the road.
Follow these easy, preventative maintenance tips for decades of clean, solar power and savings on your electricity bill.
4 Ways to Care for Your Solar Panels
- Keep an Eye Out
- Easy Cleaning
- Take a Look at the Trees
- Preparing for Snowy Situations
The easiest way that you can work to maintain your solar panels is by doing regular visual assessments. Because you see your home and your solar panels every single day, you’re the most equipped person to notice if something is out of the ordinary.
Every few months, take a few minutes to walk around your home and glance at your panels. If you notice anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there - like large debris, insect nests, or weeds, contact your solar panel installer for guidance.
If your area has been particularly dusty, or if you’ve had any other seasonal weather events that have left debris on your solar panels, you can clean them yourself.
From the ground, spray your panels with a garden hose to help clear away the dust, pollen, or small debris. Cleaning only needs to be done a few times a year, and it’s usually best to take care of it as the seasons change.
If you can’t reach your solar panels with your garden hose, but would like to clean them, you can also contact a professional solar panel cleaning company.
Solar panel maintenance also includes ensuring that your solar panels are receiving optimal sunlight. It’s a good idea to check that foliage and tree branches haven’t overgrown shading your solar panels from the light. If you notice that a tree branch or other foliage is casting shade, trim it back or have an arborist take a look.
If you live in an area that receives heavy snow, you should not be concerned about the weight of snow that accumulates on your solar panels - solar panels are built to withstand the weight from snow buildup.
If your solar panels are covered with snow, we recommend you simply let the snow melt off the panels. Scraping the snow off may hurt you and your panels.
You may also want to clear the area below and around your solar panels for falling snow. Because solar panels are covered in glass and near-frictionless, snow may fall off the panels in large sheets.
Solar Panel Maintenance and Monitoring Go Together
For a more in-depth look at your solar system health, we recommend you actively monitor your solar system’s production. You can see dips in energy production, which might alert you to a minor issue that you can check out on your own.
For example, if you see a small change in production, but the weather has been sunny, it might mean that your solar panels are being shaded by foliage or tree branches and you need to do some trimming.
Own Your Solar Panels? Let Us Take Care of the Maintenance.
If you own your solar panels, you can protect your system with a Sunnova Protect™ Service Plan.
With a Sunnova Protect™ Service Plan, you’ll gain peace of mind knowing the leading residential solar service company is proactively monitoring your solar system 24/7 and alerting you to any issues. Additionally, our plans offer a best-in-class, unmatched warranty, helping to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses for maintenance and equipment repairs and replacements during the contract term that you choose.
Whether you need a professional to take care of cleaning your system when you can’t get to it yourself or handle repairs that need to be made, we can take care of the details. You won’t have to worry about negotiating or shopping around – we have you covered!
Your solar panels are built to last, and with a Sunnova Protect™ Service Plan, we will take care of your solar panels for years to come. Get a free, no-obligation quote to safeguard your solar investment today!