Do you use solar panels to help contribute towards your home’s energy needs? Solar panels are an eco-friendly and cost-effective choice that cares for the environment and your wallet. To ensure your solar panels operate seamlessly. In this guide, our Future Proof Solar team will provide you with an informative solar panel maintenance checklist, with instructions on how to care for and maintain your solar panels.
Solar Panel Maintenance Checklist:
Future Proof Solar provide a very detailed design which includes wind, snow and load-bearing calculations within the initial system design. The results can differ due to reasons such as the property location e.g is it near the coast?, how tall the property, the pitch of the roof or even rafter spacing. Once the system is installed as per the design then there is very little maintenance required. The client can carry out visual checks to ensure nothing has damaged the panels and if there is a build-up of debris on the panels wash it off to ensure the performance is not affected.
- Conduct periodic visual inspections to identify any physical damage, such as cracks, chips.
- Check for accumulated debris, leaves, or bird droppings that may hinder sunlight absorption.
Cleaning Solar Panels:
- Clean your solar panels if required to remove dust, dirt, and any other contaminants (eg bird poo).
- Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning or consult a professional if unsure.
- We recommend a soft brush, a non-abrasive sponge, or a squeegee with water.
- Avoid abrasive materials, harsh chemicals, and high-pressure water, as they can damage the panels.
Solar Panel Performance Monitoring:
- Utilise monitoring tools or software to track your solar panel system’s performance.
- Check the inverter’s indicators and assess the energy production levels.
- Take note of any significant drops or irregularities in energy output and contact a professional if needed.
Electrical Connections And Wiring In Solar Panels:
- Ensure all electrical connections and wiring are secure and undamaged.
- Inspect junction boxes, cables, and connectors for signs of corrosion or wear.
- For any electrical maintenance or repairs, consult a licensed electrician.
Solar Panel Pest Control:
- Protect your solar panels from potential damage by birds, squirrels, and more.
- Install barriers to deter pests, such as wire mesh or bird netting, to prevent nesting or scratching.
The Benefits of Professional Solar Panel Maintenance:
While many maintenance tasks can be performed by homeowners, seeking professional assistance for certain aspects of concern can ensure thorough and expert care for your solar panel system.