Solar energy comes in handy in the rural areas that are off the electrical grid. If you have installed solar panels in your home you need to take good care of them for them to continue serving you. Here are tips on how to properly maintain your panels:
Keep them clean
Since the panels don’t have a cleaning system installed in them, dust easily builds up if you don’t clean them on a regular basis. Due to dirt accumulation the units don’t absorb energy as efficiently as they should. Most of the dirt on panels results from bird droppings and dust thus you can easily remove them using a dry cloth or warm water. If your panels are large, consider using a soft brush with a long handle to clean them.
When cleaning the units, also take a look at their condition. Inspect the wiring system and frames and ensure that they are in good place. Look for gaps and cracks in the frame that would allow water into the panel. Also check the fuses and connections for signs of corrosion.
Get rid of impediments
The major impediments that you need to keep an eye on are trees. If there are trees growing over your panels you should get rid of the branches. Doing this not only gets rid of branches that prevent the panel from getting as much energy as possible, it also eliminates the worry of buds and leaves blanketing the panels. If you are living in areas that are prone to snow, regularly remove the snowfall using a push broom in order to prevent panel damage.
Ensure that the panels are professionally installed
There is no way that the panels will work effectively and last for long if they aren’t properly installed. Professionals recommend that you avoid installing a solar panel on a roof that is more than 15 years old. While you can replace the roof after you have installed the panels, it’s usually not as easy as it sounds. Most solar companies provide technicians that help you with the installation, but if they don’t provide you with one, you should ensure that the professional you hire is certified and experienced enough.
These are tips on how to maintain your solar panel in good working condition. For the panels to last for long buy them from a reputable store. Also have the panels installed by a certified professional. A good quality, properly installed panel can last up to 20 years.