Having solar panels installed at your property is a great way to start saving money on your energy bills, whether you run a commercial operation, a farm, or are simply going about your day-to-day at home. However, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment, it’s important to know the basics of solar panel maintenance. This knowledge will help preserve the lifespan of the solar panels on your property while promoting their efficiency and performance.
Understanding the Maintenance Needs of Your Solar Panels
Because solar panels are so durable, their maintenance needs are relatively minimal. That being said, low-maintenance does not equal no-maintenance.
In general, there are three steps that need to be taken to keep your panels in great condition:
- Schedule a yearly inspection – We recommend hiring a professional to conduct an in-depth inspection of your solar panels on an annual basis. This process can ensure minor issues are caught before they become bigger, more costly problems. Additionally, regular inspections ensure your panels are performing as efficiently as possible.
- Have panels cleaned regularly – It is also important to have your panels cleaned on a regular basis as dust and debris can reduce efficiency and create hotspots. Once or twice a year is fine for years with plenty of rain, while more cleanings may be needed when there is less precipitation.
- Call a professional when something seems amiss – If you encounter a problem with your solar panels in between yearly inspections, whether they are damaged during a storm or other incident, call a professional right away to book a maintenance appointment. Don’t wait until your next annual inspection, as the problem could severely impact the efficiency of the panels if left unresolved.
We’re Here for Your Solar Maintenance Needs
At Tick Tock Energy, we are experts in everything solar and provide solar panel maintenance for farms, businesses, and homes in Illinois. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help protect your solar panels and increase their sun-harnessing capabilities.