How to keep a structure sturdy, well-functioning, potent, and efficient isn’t a top secret. The key is simply maintenance. Same as the vehicle sitting in your driveway, you need to perform periodic maintenance to your solar power system– keeping your system working properly, and efficiently.
At the end of the day, you wouldn’t buy an expensive Audi, expecting never having to change the oil, only having it explode on you one day, correct? The same logic can be applied to your solar power system. Although, it wouldn’t explode. Instead, the capacity for it to absorb as much light as possible and generate electricity will decrease. This will lead to an expensive electric bill that can be more overpriced than a periodic maintenance. If you want to keep your system running at its maximum performance for a long time, you should really read the following maintenance tips.
Clean the System At Least Once a Year
If you don’t know how to do it yourself, you can ask another solar power system owner or hire a legitimate cleaner. The number of times you should do the cleaning depends on several factors. But, we still recommend that you should have it cleaned at least every year.
If you’re unsure if the system needs cleaning, you can check by wiping your finger across the solar panel. When you see a clear distinction between that part and the rest of the solar panel, it’s a definite sign for you to clean it.
Instead of doing it yourself, we also recommend that you look for a professional cleaning service near you. But, if you’re really persistent of doing a DIY cleaning, you need to remember that there are solar panels created differently, with parts that are more sensitive to cleaning materials.
Remove Branches or Plants That Are Covering the Solar Panels
The concept behind this tip is simple, the more shadowed your panels get to be, the less sunlight they will be able to observe. Therefore, you’ll get less electricity. By removing branches or plants shadowing them, you are helping your solar panel system to increase as much energy as they can produce.
Inspect the Cabling Using Your Eyes
For your eyes only! A small crack or break in one of the cables might result to less electricity generated, and may even stop working overall. If you can’t see it clearly, you can use a flashlight to have a close inspection of the system’s cabling. Don’t miss any cable. If you spot any kind of breaks or cracks, contact a professional maintenance service immediately to have it repaired or replaced.
Inspect the System Inverter’s Readings
Electricity generated by the solar power system must be converted first from Direct Current or DC to Alternating Current or AC before you can use it. This process can be done with an inverter. They’re not all similar, but it will you give numbers on how much electricity the system is producing. Carefully read the manually provided, and perform the inspection occasionally throughout the week. Take note of any power production drops, including weather conditions. How your atmosphere is doing can affect the amount of energy your system is absorbing.
Keep Records of the System Maintenance
You don’t just forget about it. Keeping a record will keep the solar power system working efficiently. Your logs must not be just scribbles and incomplete sentence, but they should be detailed as much as possible. It will provide you with a better understanding into when it will under-function and what could have caused it. It is best that you share all the information in your journal to a legitimate maintenance technician every time you ask for their service.