Last Updated: August 28th, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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Investing in solar panels for your home through POWERHOME Solar will give you renewable solar energy for decades, as the panels installed by POWERHOME come with a 30-year power production warranty. Knowing that you will be the proud owner of solar panels on your roof or ground-mounted array for so many years, it may leave you wondering how often they will need repairs. Will you need to climb up on your roof to do repairs and maintenance on a regular basis? Read more to get the answers to common solar panel repair and maintenance questions.
Do solar panels need regular maintenance?
In general, solar panels require little to no maintenance to function properly. They may need a light cleaning every once in a while to ensure that leaves and debris are not blocking the sun’s rays. The only time you’ll need more than that could be after a heavy snowfall, but often the snow melts right off without any effort on your part.
How to maintain solar panels?
Depending on your roof’s pitch, your panels may be tilted enough to clean themselves. Rainfall can clear away any debris that has accumulated on them. However, if you live in an area with extended periods of no rain, you may need to clean them manually. This can be done easily with a leaf blower or a quick spray with a garden hose.
In winter, it is likely the snow will melt off on its own within a few days. However, if the snowfall is especially heavy, you can expedite that removal with the aid of a Roof Rake or something similar.
What is the maintenance difference of rooftop panels vs. ground panels?
The main difference in maintenance for rooftop solar panel arrays and ground-mounted solar panel arrays is that the ground panels are easier to access. If you see a buildup of debris or snow, you can easily sweep it off with a soft broom.
Do solar panels come with a warranty?
The standard solar panel warranty is 25-30 years. Since the system has no moving parts, there is very little likelihood of anything breaking down. However, if the efficiency of your solar panels starts to decrease too much, you’ll need the manufacturer’s help in replacing them. In general, panels are guaranteed to produce energy at 80% or above for the life of their warranty.
Does extreme weather affect solar panels?
Solar panels are designed to be tough and durable. They are expected to withstand all kinds of weather, from rain and wind to snow and more. They even survive severe hailstorms and hurricanes. According to the Inside Climate News, solar panels took very little damage during 2018’s Hurricane Florence’s wind and rain.
But, they are not 100% indestructible and can be damaged by severe weather. As long as you have a warranty and/or they are covered by your homeowners insurance, you can have damaged panels replaced.
How do you replace or repair solar panels?
If you need to replace or repair your solar panels, you should call a professional. If they are still under warranty, call POWERHOME and/or the manufacturer. Physical damage is usually covered under your homeowners insurance. Don’t attempt to repair solar panels on your own, as it will void the your warranty.
In general, you shouldn’t need to worry about maintenance for your solar panels. Monitor them for dirt and debris buildup, removing those things when necessary. Make sure you have a good warranty and good homeowners insurance. That’s about all you need to keep your panels working at peak efficiency, generating clean, renewable solar energy for years to come.
For more information about how your home can benefit from solar, call us at 800-765-2715 or visit https://www.powerhome.com for more details.