Solar panels are known as an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective way to bring much needed electricity into the home. What’s more, because it’s quite a simplistic set-up there’s not much that can go wrong. As a result they’re normally incredibly reliable. With this in mind, do you really need to be concerned about solar power maintenance? Let’s take a closer look.
It’s fair to say that although solar panels don’t need a lot of maintenance they will need some. This is basically to ensure that they’re working to their optimum capacity and saving you money. So what should you be looking for when carrying out solar panel maintenance?
Debris build up
Solar panels can attract debris such as leaves, dirt, and bird droppings. Unfortunately this can hinder the panels ability to intake light. Therefore any debris accumulation needs to be kept to a minimum. Using a damp cloth simply give the panels a wipe down to regain effectiveness.
Regular visual inspections
Because solar panels are usually mounted on rooftops it’s easy to forget about them. For this reason it pays to carry out a regular inspection every couple of months or so to make sure that your solar panels are mounted in the position that they should be and that there’s no faulty or loose connections.
A solar panel doesn’t need full sun 24/7 in order to provide sufficient electricity but it does need a certain degree of light. Over the course of time it’s possible for a nearby tree or large hedge to become overgrown, thus blocking out much of the essential light. Therefore it’s best to carry out a shade test from time to time. If you find that something is blocking the light, either remove it or trim it back.
Look for signs of oxidisation
Take a good look around the solar panel and if you see signs of oxidisation it may mean that similarly to a car battery, your solar panel battery terminals may have burnt out. If this is the case, they they’ll need replacing.
Look for signs of heat fade
Believe it or not your solar panels can suffer when faced with too much sun. This is known as heat fade and occurs when the heat from the sun causes the panels to overheat. When this happens it can seriously slow down electricity production. So how do you know you might have a heat fade problem? When your electricity production drastically reduces during the hottest times of the day, or when the sun is at its peak height. This is always a pretty good indicator of heat fade.
Some maintenance problems are easy to rectify and can easily be carried out by yourself such as debris cleaning, visual inspections, and shading tests, but others such as heat fade problems and oxidised battery terminals will need the services of an expert.
If you have s solar power issue or would like someone to carry out regular solar power maintenance for you then contact Static Electrics. We’ve been serving the people and businesses of the Sunshine Coast for many years and have an experienced team who can help. To book an appointment or to ask for a free, no-obligation quote, then contact us today on 07 5445 8305. We’re standing by to take your call.