After your solar paneling has been installed for some time you’ll eventually have to think about cleaning and maintenance. However, trying to maintain your solar panels without the necessary know-how can mean you risk damaging the panels.
Solar panels will save you a lot of money in the long run. Here are a few pointers to consider when maintaining your own solar panels:
Check their condition first
Before doing any initial cleaning or maintenance, it’s important to know what to keep an eye out for. Sometimes solar panels can get cracked by the sun’s intense heat. If this is the case, then your solar panels get damaged and will not function optimally; they may need to be replaced.
Next, make sure that all cables and fittings are in the correct place. For this, you should refer to the manufacturer’s instructions as different solar panel kits have these in different positions. Finally, check that the frames are still holding the solar panels firmly in position.
Remember, solar panels are delicate and their surface is easily scratched or cracked. Avoid using rough materials when wiping down the panels, rather use a soft chamois.
Soap can also damage the surface of the solar panels; it’s best to simply rinse them down with cool water.
Also, remember to rinse down the panels in the late afternoon or early evening, as the hot sun in the afternoon can cause cracks to develop when rinsing down with cold water.
Should I repair my own solar panels?
In short, unless you have the necessary knowledge and expertise; solar panels are very intricate, they often require spare parts and expertise that require the skills of a professional.
Always contact a professional in the event that your solar panels break or require major servicing. There is no doubt though that Photovoltaic Systems are the future and are capable of supplying unlimited clean energy.