Today’s solar panels are designed to be long-lasting, highly dependable, and a smart way to reduce operating costs. They also require relatively little maintenance. That said, you still need to take care of such an investment if you want it to last for years like it’s designed for. Today, we’ll provide you with some easy maintenance tips that can extend the lifespan of your solar mounting system and subsequent panels.
Perform Regular Cleanings
Most solar panels we install tend to be angled, though there are exceptions when it comes to flat roofs. Regardless, a good spray-down with a hose, warm water, and a squeegee is recommended every once in a while to ensure the solar glass is free of dirt, pollen, bird and animal waste, and bits of debris from trees. Integrated sprinkler cleaning systems could also be installed to make this process easier and perform scheduled runs. Solar panels don’t need special cleaning chemicals due to their glass construction, either, making them even less expensive to maintain.
Monitor Energy Production and Consumption
While high-quality solar panel installations will deliver significant energy savings for many years, it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your energy data. You should be collecting a similar amount of energy every day unless the amount of available sunlight changes. Examine your tracking results to verify the condition of your setup, and check from time to time to see whether your property’s energy consumption has increased.
Repair Storm Damage
Products such as KB Racking’s solar mounting solutions are designed to withstand a great deal of force on a year-round basis, but it’s inevitable that the odd scuff, scrape, or crack can happen, especially when factoring in wind and loose debris. Therefore, an inspection every month or two is recommended to ensure there are no faults with your current system. If there is severe damage to any panels or components, your property’s absorption capabilities may be limited. Therefore, we suggest reaching out for professional help to restore your solar energy setup to like-new condition.
Check Your Wiring and Solar Mounting Solution
Animals, rougher-than-normal weather, and other events can sometimes cause damage to panel wiring as well as the framing that supports it. Birds and other creatures can create nests, chew, and soil sensitive areas if your wiring and framing aren’t inspected on occasion. If left to linger, these issues can result in reduced energy consumption and other inefficiencies. Make sure to double-check your wiring, connections and frame condition to ensure nothing is amiss.
At KB Racking, our goal is to produce simplified solar mounting solutions you can count on for years to come. We also offer a 10-year standard product warranty to ensure your investment is more than adequately protected. With some very minor maintenance and upkeep, your solar energy setup can last for even longer, delivering significant cost savings and peace of mind to your business. Contact us today to learn more.