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Solar Panel Maintenance: Everything you need to know

by | Nov 3, 2022 | Insights | 0 comments

Solar Energy system is a great investment that can provide you with alternative renewable energy for more than the next 25 years. However, an important question is, how do you maintain a solar energy system? What methods and procedures to adopt for Solar Panels Maintenance? Is it like a car, requiring regular tune-ups to work efficiently? Or just leave them be?

If you want to find out more about solar panel maintenance, keep reading because you are in the right place. 

Do solar panels need maintainance? 

Solar panels require very low maintenance to function efficiently and give maximum output so yeah, you can just leave them be. No need to check the wiring time and again or check the connections. 

The only thing solar panels need is periodic cleaning with water to make sure dirt, leaves or any other debris aren’t obstructing the sun’s rays.

Can you monitor your solar panels production? 

If your solar panels are not generating enough energy and the production starts to decrease, you can monitor it via the app. Lower energy output can be a sign that something is obstructing your panels, like dirt or dust, and they cannot generate their typical amount. 

With Sympl energy monitoring app, you can track how much your solar panels produce energy on any given day, and how much they generate over time. It gives you insight into how various external factors are affecting your solar panels’ maintenance and performance

Let’s take a closer look at solar panel maintenance to last for a lifetime. 

Most of the solar panels installed are tilted at a certain angle so you are in luck. During rainy weather, rainfall will clear away all the dust or any debris that accumulates on them. However, during the dry season or extended periods without rain, it is important that you manually clean them. 

Rainfall will actually clear away dust and debris from the surface of your Solar Panels. However, during the dry season or extended periods without rain, you must clean manually. 

Recommendations from top solar industry experts suggest cleaning solar panels once or twice a month if you live in a dusty area. This might sound a lot, but the good news is that maintaining solar panels does not require much work. A quick spray with a garden hose and your panels will be clean. Just make sure you do it before sunrise or after sunset. Do not use hot water to clean your solar panels in winter as the temperature difference can crack the tempered glass surface of Solar Panels.

Standard structure vs shed-type raised structure – is there a maintenance difference? 

When it comes to solar panel maintenance, the only difference is that the standard structure is ground mounted and easier to access. Solar Panels on Standard structures are at an accessible height and you can clean them very easily. However, cleaning solar panels on elevated shed types may require a ladder and a suitable access point.

What is the standard warranty on solar panels? 

Sympl Energy provides 12 years workmanship warranty and 25 years performance warranty. This means that any workmanship issues like wearing out of joins, busbars, connectors, cables, and panel material are covered for 12 years. While the performance warranty ensures that the solar panels provide more than 80% of their initial output for 25 years.

So, are solar panels hard to maintain? 

Maintaining solar panels and a complete system is pretty easy. If you notice dust or debris, a quick water spray will ensure that your panels operate effectively. 

Additionally, good solar companies provide warranties on solar panels so if there is any fault, they will be replaced. Once you install your solar system, you are all set to enjoy clean, renewable energy for many years to come.