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Residential Solar Energy: Maintenance Tips

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When you compare the technologies of electric power plants and solar power plants, it’s easy to see that getting solar energy requires very little maintenance on your part. However, it’s still important to monitor your solar energy system and maintain the system regularly so that you’re getting the most from your system. To make sure you don’t experience service interruption and to minimize the risk of damage or fire, here are some tips for making sure you get consistent residential solar energy.

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Panels, Inverters and AC/DC Power Cabinets

It’s pretty common to have issues with your solar panels during the summer, since there may be operational issues at the solar power plant. Fuses can overheat in the warm weather, and inverters can shut down easily during this season as well. If you’re experiencing issues, talk to your provider right away to conduct an inspection. If you wait until the end of the month, there will be inconsistencies between the monthly report and the electric bill.

Cleaning the Panels

If you take a look at your solar panels every few weeks, you’ll likely see dirt on the module glass. It’s not uncommon to see leaves, bird droppings and dust on the panels, and if you live in an area that gets heavy rain or snow, the residue from the moisture will settle on the panels. This can affect the function of the panels.

The modules and the strings are connected, so if there is dirt on a module, the electrical power can be affected. Hire a team of professional cleaners to keep your panels intact and be sure to choose a team you can call on a regular basis. If you try to clean the panels yourself and it’s not done correctly, you could damage and you won’t get all the solar energy that you need. If you do decide to clean your solar panels, make sure that you use a gentle cleanser. Stay away from harsh chemicals and detergent that can affect the way the sun comes through the panels.

Additional Maintenance Tips

There are a few other elements that you should be aware of when caring for your solar panels. All of the roof penetrations need to be intact and the places where the panels are screwed into the roof should be watertight. Make sure there is enough drainage on the roof so the panels won’t collect too much water and have your roof professional inspected to make sure there are no clogs. If there is water pooling near the panels or vegetation is growing due to the excess water, this should be removed immediately.

Keep in mind that as solar plants get older, it becomes more important that both your panels and the operation of the solar plant are in good condition. Remember that your solar plant is properly in an area where it is difficult or impossible to make cell phone calls on get on the internet, so reporting any issues with your panels right away is best.

Once you decide that solar energy is right for your home, be sure to get an estimate from a few companies to decide which one is best for your budget and energy needs.