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How Often Do Solar Panels Require Maintenance?

Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 11:00 am

solarWith how popular solar panels are getting for homeowners across the country, a lot of people are starting to grapple with considerations they haven’t had to think about before. One of the most common questions we get from new owners of solar panel systems is “How often do I need to have a professional check the system?” If you’re one of those homeowners who wants to make sure that their new solar system investment is protected, read on.

Solar Panels and Maintenance Needs

You can easily measure how likely a system is to develop problems of various kinds by how many moving parts it has. The more moving parts that the system relies on, the greater the chance that one or more of those parts will break down and need to be repaired. This is why boilers are sturdier than other heating systems—they don’t have as many moving parts.

The more likely a system is to develop issues, the more vital and frequent preventive maintenance tends to be to maintain the health of that system. That’s one of the less-discussed advantages of using solar panels: they don’t need maintenance often at all.

A solar panel has virtually no moving parts. The panel itself is typically rated for 20+ years, and designed to spend all of that time out in the elements. You might have to worry if you start having baseball-sized hailstorms on a regular basis, or wind storms strong enough to blow the panel off the roof. But neither of those things are too likely to happen in our part of the world. Short of that, all the panel itself will need is to be washed every now and again. Dirt buildup can result in a substantial dip in the energy efficiency of your system. Make sure that you don’t climb on the roof yourself to do it, in the interests of safety. Just use a garden hose or hire a professional to clean them for you.

One thing that you do need to know about solar panels, however, is that their wiring can become corroded or otherwise damaged in areas where it is exposed. This is a rare occurrence, but it is something to be aware of. If you don’t notice any actual signs of a problem with your solar panel, but you’re still worried about catching any possible damage to it in a timely manner, you could have a professional take a look at it every few years. Barring some extreme circumstances, however, you shouldn’t need to have your solar panels examined at all.

So, if you are currently using a solar panel system, don’t worry about it holding up to the stress of daily operation! Just sit back and enjoy the many benefits you get from having a solar panel installed in your home.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating installs and services solar panels throughout Selma, CA. If you need solar panel services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.  

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