Taking care of your solar panels

People have to realise that finding a good solar provider and getting a system installed is just a beginning. Periodic maintenance of solar panels is very essential for its smooth functioning and excellent performance. Solar Panels have to be dust free for producing best results. It has to be cleaned for excess dust, grit, bird droppings, residue or moss. You can get an annual check-up done during which they will clean the panels. We can wash the panels on our own using a garden hose. Take care not to scratch the panels as it can affect the performance of panels. Good solar panel companies give a proper guideline about the maintenance of solar panels. To make the best out of your residential solar system, it is better to follow it strictly. Stick on to product handbook. Avoid cleaning the panels when it is extremely hot.

Even if your solar system is running perfect, we should give it an annual check up to look out for signs of wear and tear .Any such flaws have to be repaired and a report of it has to be collected from the technician. Ensure that servicing is done by a CEC accredited electrician.
For best results, solar panels have to be dust free. It can lose 15 -20% efficiency if not cleaned properly. In a dust prone area, you will have to clean it every 3 months. Or else washing it once in 6 months should work fine. It has to be cleaned for excess dust, grit, bird droppings, residue or moss. We can clean the panels on our own. Cleaning solar panels is just like cleaning a car or bike. It is easy and not time consuming. Here are few tips on how to clean our solar panels.
# Solar panels will be on the roof. Make sure you reach up to it safely.
# Read product handbook thoroughly before cleaning your panels and strictly adhere to their recommendations.

Rain will do most of the cleaning. We have to clean only if there is any visible grit on the panels.

# Wash the panels with a garden hose. If there is accumulated dirt, use a gentle soap like dishwashing detergent and a soft brush to get the build-up out of corner.

Avoid harsh chemicals, abrasive scrubbers and pressure washers so as to avoid scratches on the panels, which in turn would affect the efficiency of the panels.

Being exposed to Sun, panels would be very hot during daytime. So clean them either early in the morning or late afternoon.

Clean the surface of solar panels with a soft cloth or sponge. Do not clean the wiring underneath.

Do not use hard water for washing the panels, because droplet residue after drying up will have a worse effect than dust.

Use anti cling film that is resistant to debris.

Go for self-cleaning solar system.

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