Installing solar panels on your home cansignificantly lower your carbon footprint and monthly energy costs. Fortunately, despite their high upfront cost, solar panels have a long lifespan (25 to 30 years), giving you plenty of time to recover your investment.
The cost of setting up solar panels is affected by several variables. The initial expense and solar panel type chosen will vary significantly from roof to roof. Solar providers typically offer a wide range of solar photovoltaic (PV) installation packages and charges.
For example, the average cost to install solar panels in Texas is USD$13,800, with a range of USD$11,730–$15,870. Therefore, keeping up with regular maintenance is essential to getting the most out of your solar panels and keeping them functional for as long as possible.
There are a few items you should check and do regularly to maintain your solar power system. They are as follows:
Trim Trees And Keep Panels Shade-Free
When you perform a thorough site inspection during the pre-installation phase of your solar project, one of the things you should avoid is shading. After the panels have been installed, you need to ensure that new shade factors, such as tall trees, are addressed; otherwise, the energy the system generates will drop.
You don’t have to cut down the trees to prevent shade; nevertheless, you must prune them.Call the professionals if you’re experiencing trouble with shading, and they’ll help you figure out what to do and who to call if you need someone to help trim your trees.
Make Sure Your Solar Panels Are Clean and Secure
The energy produced by solar panels can be reduced if they become dirty from a buildup of debris, dust, and other particles. Before cleaning your solar panels, ensure they’re turned off.
Washing solar panels with some warm water can usually do the work. Solar panels should not be cleaned with soap or other cleaning products because doing so might leave streaks and potentially damage the panels themselves.
You can clean even the dirtiest solar panels using a garden hose and a soft microfiber cloth. Always use a safety harness to avoid accidents when you’re up on your roof. Be careful not to tumblefrom a ladder while cleaning. But if you want to clean your solar panels without risking injury, a telescoping pole with a microfiber cloth attached to the end is all you need.
In winter, your solar panels may lose efficiency if snow accumulates on them. Fortunately, solar panels are slanted after installation, so accumulated snow can easily slide off. The heat of the sun can also swiftly melt snow. For snow accumulation obstructingenergy generation, you may usea long snow broom with a foam head to clear it away.
Track Solar Energy Production
Assuming you’ve kept up with routine cleaning, you should see an increase in energy production after solar panel maintenance. The panels could have residue if the electricity output does not improve. You may require the assistance of a professional to clean the panels you could notreach.
If you keep tabs on your energy output, you’ll also know when it’s time to clean your solar panels.
Conduct Regular Inspections Of Electrical And System Components
Regular inspections of the inverter panel can uncover any electrical problems in your solar setup before they become serious problems. If there’s a ground fault, your solar technician can correct it.
Leaving them unattended for long periods might result in electric shocks; therefore, they must be handled with caution. If your panel’senergy efficiency has decreased or your inverter’s light has gone from green to red, it may be time to replace it. It’s best to learn the meaning of the fault codes to determine where the wiring or installation may be faulty.
Repair Or Replace Solar Panels
It’s recommended that you get a professional’s help if any of your panels require repair or replacement. If their efficiency drops and a warranty covers them for either performance or power output, contact the provider who installed them. They will send a technician to inspect the panels and decide whether to repair the damage or replace them.
Physical damage to your panels is usually covered by a warranty on the underlying equipment. In any case, you need to have prior experience with solar energy systems for the home to install solar panels or do repairs on your own.
Maintaining your solar panels is the only way to keep them operating at maximum efficiency and effectiveness. By following these tips, you can extend the life of solar panels and reduce your energy bills.