When your solar system is up and running, you’ll probably feel excited about all the energy savings you’ll make. If you want to keep enjoying those benefits for longer, you’ll need to engage in some essential maintenance. At Arise Solar, we offer Solar system maintenance as a part of our services. If you want to engage in some maintenance yourself, here are some of our best tips.
Avoid the shade wherever possible
In order for your solar panels to continue working at optimal levels, they need to receive sunlight. Leaving all or part of your panel in the shade for too long will gradually reduce its efficiency.
Your solar panel installation team will always place panels where they’re likely to receive a lot of the sun. However, factors such as tree growth could disrupt this.
We recommend reviewing the area around your panels each year to make sure nothing is obstructing the sunlight. If it is, address the problem using an appropriate team of professionals.
Check your inverters for operational issues
Your solar panel’s inverter is an excellent indicator of how your panel is performing. If the light is flashing green, everything is running as it should. But if it turns red, you need to call someone out to maintain it.
The lights on your solar panel inverter will only tell you when something is wrong. They won’t give an indication of exactly what the problem is. Asking a professional to assess the situation gives you the best chance of resolving it.
Use a monitor to detect solar system maintenance problems
Did you know that you can now buy specialist monitors that address your solar system’s performance? Your monitor will tell you how much energy your panels are producing. If you notice a significant dip, it may be that you’re dealing with a Solar panel maintenance issue.
Creating a log of when incidents happen could help you tie it in with a particular event. For example, if you notice a sudden dip in energy production after a storm, you may make your repair team’s task a little easier.
Keep your panels clean
Although you won’t need to clean your panels as regularly as you clean other areas of your house, they do require some attention. Over time, dust, pollen, sand, and bird faeces will all fall onto your panels. Of course, the presence of substances such as sand will depend on where you live. The closer you are to the coast, the more likely you are to encounter it.
If you have a hose with a powerful spray, try spraying it from the ground and directing it to your panels. As the water runs off, it will remove any surface dirt that is preventing the sun’s rays from penetrating fully. You should also use a professional solar panel cleaning service. In doing so, you’ll remove deep-set dirt that could cause bigger problems.
At Arise Solar, we provide solar panel maintenance to our customers throughout Australia. To discuss our services or to get a quote, call 1300 274 737 or contact us.