When you've had solar panels installed it can seem to be too good to be true, free energy from the sun while staying environmentally friendly – it's the dream situation! When it comes to maintaining your panels, it can be easy to worry about the costs but fortunately, that's yet another area in which solar panels excel. Maintenance on a solar panel system is minimal as there are limited moving parts, with a short inspection and clean being required to keep your panels working at its peak performance. Having a trusted and experienced contractor performing this maintenance is the best way to ensure it's being carried out thoroughly.
Solar panel power systems, due to their simplistic mechanical construction, are extremely hardy and don't require much ongoing maintenance through their lifespan, making them the ideal power source for your home. In order to ensure that your solar panels are still running at the highest efficiency as possible, it is still recommended to have regular services on your solar system to check the performance of the system, checking to make sure that they haven't suffered from any weather damage. Inexperienced solar panel contractors may take shortcuts when performing these services, missing important issues that a more experienced eye would pick up on.
Most modern solar panels collect about 15-25% of the power from the sun and convert it into energy for your home. That 10% variance can make a huge difference in how much power your panels are outputting, and of course, the aim is to keep your panels operating at the highest efficiency as possible. When our team comes to service your panels they're able to perform diagnostics on your system to track the performance of your panels. This diagnosis can help to show our team if any repairs are required on your system, saving time for us and costs for you.
The biggest factor for keeping your panels running at their best is cleanliness. Moisture that collects on the surface of the panels from rain can start to grow mold, which can cover over sections of the panel preventing the sun from penetrating through. Excessive growth can also attract rodents that can cause havoc with your system, chewing through wires and damaging your panels. Regular cleaning of your panels is a must to keep them running at their full potential. Our contractors perform many regular cleans for our customers during and between services, thoroughly removing any foreign contaminants and checking all wires are in good shape.
Solar panels are no small investment, but when the right system is selected for your home, they can last for a very long time. Getting the most out of your panels requires keeping them clean and well maintained. The panels themselves and the hardware within the system will last a very long time, but the cabling and connections will need regular checks and may need replacing from time to time should they be affected by the weather or rodents. SLC Solar Panel Pros can help to ensure that your panels are always running at their absolute best, making sure you get the longest lifespan possible from your investment. We are also installing off grid solar power system.