Solar panels are designed to be durable and low-maintenance, so you do not need to regularly maintain them. However, there are some things you can do to ensure they perform at their best and last longer. Here are some tips for solar panel maintenance:

  • Check your solar panels for any dirt, dust, bird droppings, leaves, or other debris that may block the sunlight and reduce the efficiency of your panels. You can use a pair of binoculars or a camera to inspect your panels from the ground. You should do this at least twice a year, preferably in spring and autumn.
  • Clean your solar panels gently with water and a soft cloth or sponge. You can use a hose or a bucket to spray or pour water on your panels. Avoid using any harsh chemicals, detergents, abrasives, or pressure washers that may damage your panels. You should clean your panels every five years on average, or more often if they get very dirty. The best time to clean your panels is in the early morning or evening, when they are not too hot.
  • Remove any snow or ice from your solar panels if you live in an area with cold winters. Snow and ice can prevent your panels from generating electricity and may cause damage if they accumulate too much weight. You can use a soft broom, a leaf blower, a squeegee, or a hose to clear the snow or ice from your panels. Do not use any sharp tools, hot water, salt, or antifreeze that may scratch or crack your panels. Ideally you should remove snow or ice as soon as possible after a snowfall or freeze.
  • We recommend that you monitor your solar panel performance using a meter, an app, or an online portal. You can track how much electricity your panels produce and how much you consume over time. You can also compare your actual output with the expected output based on the weather and season. This will help you identify any issues or malfunctions that may affect your system’s efficiency and savings. You should monitor your solar panel performance as often as possible.
  • Get your solar panel system serviced by us every 5 to 10 years. As professionals we can inspect your panels, wiring, inverter, battery, and mounting system for any signs of wear and tear, corrosion, loose connections, or faults. We will also test your system’s safety and functionality and make any necessary repairs or replacements. A professional service will almost certainly extend the lifespan of your system and ensure it meets the warranty requirements.

These are just some of the ways you can maintain your solar panels and system to keep it all in good condition and maximise their benefits.