Caring for Your Solar Panels – An FAQ
Solar panels on homes in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and Tacoma are gaining in popularity. If you have these, you will want to make sure you are properly caring for them. This will help ensure their longevity, as well as their efficiency.
How Much Maintenance is Required?
In general, solar panel systems do not need much maintenance over their lifetime. As we will talk about later, solar panels are made of tempered glass, so they’re built to withstand hail and other rough weather. For the most part, keeping your panels clear of debris is all you’ll need to do as far as maintenance goes.
Any issues with solar panel performance are usually related to electricity production, which is why most installers recommend you monitor your system’s production. By paying attention to changes in production, you can identify and address issues proactively.
How Often Should I Clean Them?
Keeping your solar panels clean is the key to longevity and efficiency. In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with enough rain to keep them relatively clean. However, we do recommend you check your panels at least twice a year to make sure they are free of dirt and debris.
How do I Keep them Clean?
The company that installed your panels should provide you with information on cleaning but know that you can purchase a solar panel cleaning kit. Solar panel cleaning kits are available from solar panel companies and appropriate cleaner, wiper, and brush (look for one with an extendable handle). Follow the kit’s instructions and get to cleaning.
When accessing your roof, you want to make sure you are safe. Learn more in our blog: 10 Safety Tips for your Roof DIY Project.
We Just had a Big Wind Storm, What Should I Look For?
While they may appear fragile, solar panels are durable. They are made from tempered glass, making them quite strong and able to withstand wind, rain, and wind storms that can blow debris, like pine cones and pine needles, onto your roof. On the rare occasion a tree branch lands on your panels, we recommend you call the company who installed your panels. They will be able to correctly assess any damage.
If I Want to Install Solar, Do I Need New Roof?
It all depends. What we have found is most solar panel installers recommend your roof be no more than five years old. If you have an older roof, give us a call. We would be happy to come and do a free inspection. Once we have a better idea of your roof’s condition, we will help you determine the best next steps.
Can Rainy Day Install Solar Panels?
While we don’t install them, we know that solar panels are a great investment. We would be happy to recommend a reputable installer who does work locally.
If you are ready to start this conversation, or if you have more questions, please give us a call.