How Much Maintenance Do Solar Panels Require?
All of your home’s vital systems need to function properly to ensure the safety and comfort of your family. Whether it is your air conditioning on a hot summer day or your water heater for a comfortable shower, no one enjoys having a failure at a crucial time. Of course, one way around this is through maintenance. We know our water heaters and furnaces need maintenance, but what about our solar panels?
Solar Panel Maintenance
The good news is that solar panels require minimal maintenance. You should wash off your array every 4-6 months, but you will only need a simple garden hose. Beyond that, your system should pretty much run itself. There is likely to be a bit of a dropoff in performance over the life of the system. Still, we are only talking about 10% over 25 years.
Most other solar installation companies put the panels in place and then leave you with the rest. At JP Electric & Solar, we are always available to help you through repairs and service requests. Luckily our SunPower panels come with an industry-leading warranty that covers just about anything that could go wrong with your system. We have a dedicated service team that will make every possible effort to fix your system in the shortest amount of time possible.
The Installation Process
We also educate homeowners after every installation to make sure they understand what it is their system can do. We’ll explain the numbers and figures you need to keep track of so you know if your system isn’t performing as well as it should.
Things To Keep In Mind
Solar panels are exposed to the elements, which means they are subject to damage from the weather. Be mindful of particularly strong wind storms, as well as hail as these could do some severe damage. Luckily, solar panels are durable and even battering from large hailstones may not cause irreparable damage. You may only have to replace the glass, for example.
Wiring is another area to think about. Your solar panel is likely to survive most things, but wires can be fragile. It only takes a bit of moisture or a strong gust to cause a short or an unplugging.
Lastly, whenever you check on your solar panels, make sure you are exercising proper caution. If you’re going up on your roof, make sure you have someone holding your ladder, for example. It’s always best to keep your safety precautions in mind first and foremost.
Are you interested in a lower electrical bill? Solar may be the answer. Give us a call at (559) 464-6048 or fill out an online contact form.
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