Solar Panel Maintenance: What You Need to Know
August 5, 2021
Investing in solar panels is one of the most effective eco-conscious decisions you can make for your home or business. They typically require little maintenance, allowing you to reap their rewards for at least two decades before potential replacement. However, taking minor steps can ensure they continue to run as smoothly as when you first purchased them.
Here are a few tips on how to maintain your solar panel system.
Ground Mounted Panels and Roof Mounted Panels: What’s the Difference?
Ground mounted panels are obviously solar panels stationed on the ground, and roof mounted panels are placed on the roof, but does maintenance differ for each?
The main difference is that ground mounted solar panels are much easier to access and clean.
It’s more efficient and safer to sweep snow and debris off of ground mounted panels than roof mounted panels throughout seasons or after storms. It’s also easier to notice when something needs to be removed; and safer to do cleaning work on the ground than on top of your home or business.
How Do You Maintain Solar Panels?
Never allow anyone other than an Authorized SunPower Dealer to complete maintenance on your solar panel system without first contacting Freedom Solar or SunPower directly. You can find details of this requirement in your warranty information.
Solar panel maintenance isn’t complex but your panels do require periodic cleaning to remove dirt and debris caused by certain weather conditions, such as storms or on particularly windy days.
Some areas of the U.S. are more prone to regular snowfall. In these areas, keeping packed snow off of your solar panel system is essential to getting the most power out of them.
How Often Do Solar Panels Need Maintenance?
Solar panels should receive maintenance or cleaning four times per year. When you begin seeing a significant buildup of dirt, debris, or snow, it’s time to clean. Freedom Solar can provide this service to you; taking the worry out of having to purchase the correct equipment, climbing on the roof,and taking time out of your busy schedule.
How Much Does Solar Panel Maintenance Cost?
Solar panel maintenance is essential to maintaining the efficiency of the panel which maintains your energy production numbers. Based on the size of your system, the location, and amount of debris, the cost to clean your solar panel system will vary. Reaching out to Freedom Solar’s Service Department for a quote can provide you with the exact costs based on your individual needs.
Climate and Weather Factors to Consider
Freedom Solar’s solar panel systems are designed and built to be highly durable. They can withstand any form of weather, including harsh wind and rain, heavy snowfall, hail, tornadoes, and even hurricanes.
However, if the hail is 1” in diameter and falling at least 54 mph, some damage can occur. If you are concerned that a strong hail storm may have damaged your solar panels, or have to repair or replace your roof, Freedom Solar’s Service Department will be happy to assist you.
Do Solar Panels Need to Be Serviced? Here’s Our Warranty Policy
Freedom Solar offers a great lifetime warranty spanning 25 years. In the rare case that a product is not performing up to the Freedom Solar standard, we’ll cover 100% of your repair or replacement costs, including labor from our in-house service staff of licensed electricians and NABCEP-certified installation crews, as well as shipping costs for any equipment or panels needed for your unit.
Only about one in every 25,000 solar panel systems need to be replaced, so if you’re considering purchasing, you can feel reassured that our units are built to last.
When and How to Replace Your Solar Panels
Freedom Solar uses SunPower solar panels, the most reputable and reliable in the industry. You should only need to replace your residential solar panel system or commercial solar panel system every 25 years — that’s a fourth of a century! If you are looking to replace an older solar panel system, purchased through a different vendor, or looking for a brand new system, please reach out to our qualified and highly-knowledgeable Energy Consultants today!
For more information on the services and products we offer, call +1 (877) 817-9271 or fill out the form on our contact page to schedule a consultation.