Solar panels are a great way to save money on your energy bills and do your part for the environment. But like all things, they require a little maintenance from time to time to keep them running at peak efficiency.
Here are some tips on how to keep your solar panels in tip-top shape all year round.
Regularly Check For Debris
Make sure your solar panels are free of dirt, dust, leaves and any other debris. This can be done by simply wiping them down with a clean, dry cloth or using a soft brush to remove any build-up. You should also check that the area around your solar panels is clear of debris so that air can circulate freely.
Cleaning Your Panels Regularly Is Essential
One of the most important aspects of solar panel maintenance is keeping your panels clean. For best results, clean your panels at least once a month with a soft cloth or brush. You can also hire a professional solar panel cleaning service to do it for you.
Check The Connections
From time to time, you should check all the connections between your solar panels and make sure they’re secure. This includes the connections between the panels themselves and between the panels and the inverter. Loose connections can cause voltage drops and decreased energy production, so keep them tight!
Inspect For Damage
It’s also wise to inspect your solar panels for any signs of physical damage. Look for cracks, gaps or missing parts – anything that looks out of place. If you find any damage, have it repaired as soon as possible so that it doesn’t get worse and decrease the efficiency of your system.
Trim Tree Branches Around The System
If there are trees or shrubs near your solar system, trim them back regularly. Overhanging branches can cast shadows on your panels, which reduces their efficiency. So, make sure to keep those branches trimmed!
Monitor System Performance
To make sure your system is performing optimally, you should monitor its performance regularly. Check things like the output of your inverter and the electricity usage at your home or business. If you notice any changes that don’t make sense, it could indicate a problem with your system that needs to be addressed.
How Do You Know If Your Solar Panels Are Performing As They Should?
One indication is your monthly energy bill. If it hasn’t decreased as expected or has increased, it could be a sign your solar system isn’t providing the desired output.
Another clue is the age of your panels – over time, they may not be able to convert as much sunlight into energy.
If you have any concerns about the performance of your solar panels, it’s best to contact a professional for advice.
Trione Energy offers services, including system analysis and upgrades, to ensure optimal output from your solar panel system.
Don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to help you make the most out of your investment in solar energy.
Annual Maintenance By A Solar Expert
Some things should be checked annually by a qualified solar expert for your system to continue running smoothly.
Visual Inspection of Modules And Connections
A qualified solar expert will visually inspect all the solar modules, cabling, and inverter to look for any signs of damage or wear and tear. They will also check things like the wiring and junction boxes to make sure everything is secure and in good working condition.
Checking Panel Voltage
The voltage of each PV module in your system will be checked using a voltmeter. This helps ensure that each module is producing the correct amount of power.
Calibration of Monitoring Equipment
Any monitoring equipment that is used in conjunction with your system will be calibrated by the solar expert. This ensures that the equipment is accurate and properly monitoring the system’s performance.
Solar panel maintenance is vital to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently.
It’s actually pretty easy once you get into a regular routine.
Some things you can do yourself, like regular inspections and cleaning, but some things should be left to the professionals.
Once a year, you should have a qualified solar expert inspect the system, perform a voltage check, and calibrate the monitoring equipment.
Follow these tips to keep your solar panels running at peak efficiency and powering your home or business for years to come.
All while saving money on your energy bills and helping the environment!