Once a homeowner has made the decision to invest in solar power for their home, make sure that investment is creating a return as long as possible, which means maximizing the lifespan of solar panels used for the system. This allows the system to continue to generate power and create savings and ROI for the homeowner over a longer functional product life.
But just how can you lengthen the average lifespan of solar panels? Aren’t they designed to last for decades?
Contrary to popular belief, there are things that the homeowner must do to ensure that their solar panels are kept in the best possible condition, so as to maintain functionality as long as possible. We’re going to look at what needs to be done to keep solar panels in good condition and potentially lengthen their expected lifespan. We’ll also look at a trusted local resource that you can use to help with any system maintenance you might need.
How To Lengthen The Lifespan Of Solar Panels
There are only a few things that you can do to actively try to lengthen the lifespan of your solar panels. The first and most important is to follow the guidelines that the manufacturer has put in place as their established best practices. The other is to make sure the panels are kept as clean as possible, and clear of debris, dust, pollen, and similar materials.
Follow Manufacturer Guidelines
One of the easiest and most important ways to ensure your solar panels live as long as possible is to follow the care guidelines created by the manufacturer. This is often the easiest way, since the homeowner will often have a hard copy of the maintenance requirements given to them during the consultation and installation process, and they can simply use it as a maintenance checklist. Following the manufacturer’s care requirements also ensures that the homeowner stays within the required care regimen for having warranty work done when & if needed.
Keep The Panels Clean
Another major way you can help your panels stay healthy and well-performing for many years is to ensure that they are kept relatively clean, and clear of any built-up dust, dirt, or pollen. In many cases, the rain will be sufficient to keep the panels washed, there are situations where this isn’t the case and they need additional cleaning.
This benefits the homeowner in two ways. First, panels that become covered in dust or pollen have a reduced ability to create power, meaning lower output. Dirty or partially obscured panels also put unequal stress on the photovoltaic cells, which can cause the cells to fail prematurely.
How To Clean Your Solar Panels
If you find that your power output has dropped considerably, and it also hasn’t rained, a visual inspection of your panels should reveal the need for a quick bath. Sometimes just turning the hose on them is enough to get them looking brand new, but occasionally you may need to use a light soap solution. By using a mild and non-abrasive detergent solution, the panels can often be cleaned with the pressures of a standard garden hose.
Installation By Local Experts Can Boost The Lifespan of Solar Panels
If you think it may be time to have a solar system designed for your home, Barrett Solar is ready to help residents in Kansas and Missouri meet their power needs. Reach out if you have additional questions or to set up your free consultation.