One of the huge benefits of solar panels is that once installed, you get to watch your electricity bill go down with very little solar panel maintenance. However, to get the most out of your solar panels, it is important to keep them clean and keep up on any solar energy repairs.
1. Monitor Energy Levels
A good indicator of if it’s time for solar panel maintenance or repairs is if your solar panels begin to drastically produce less energy. Usually, if a solar panel is producing less energy, there is debris, snow, or some other obstruction blocking it from the sun. Although, on average, a panel’s energy processing rate will decrease by around 0.5% a year.
2. How to Clean Solar Panels
Solar panel maintenance is simple, and the same goes for cleaning. You can easily spray down your solar panels with a hose or blow off debris with a leaf blower. When clearing snow off solar panels, make sure never to use hot water on frozen panels—it may cause the tempered glass to shatter. And for those whose panels are high on the roof, be extremely careful and secure yourself.
3. Frequency of Cleaning
Where you live and the weather in your area will determine how often you need to clean your solar panels. On average, it is best to clean your panels two to four times a year. However, if there is frequent snowfall, you may need to do it more often. Because solar panels are typically installed on a slant, rain can be a natural cleanser for your solar panels.
4. Know Your Warranty
Each solar panel company may provide a different warranty package. It is important to know what is covered under your solar panel warranty. This will help you understand what to do after a severe weather impact or other damage. At Current Home, when switching to solar, many services and repairs are covered.
5. Solar Energy Repairs
So what happens when more than a little debris builds up or when a solar panel cracks? How much do solar energy repairs cost? In 2021, the average solar repair bill is coming in around $200 to $1,200. The total cost will mainly depend on labor. However, when you remove the broken panels and then ship them to be repaired, it can start at around $600. Luckily, when you choose Current Home as your solar provider, many solar energy repairs and services are covered!
Continue to Benefit from Solar
From a great insurance plan and a no-cost upfront solar installation, Current Home is here to help you save as much money as possible. We know that solar panels are an investment and are committed to helping you keep up with the maintenance. Learn about more benefits when you call Current Home today.