One significant draw to solar as a clean energy source for residential and commercial properties is that solar panels are a durable and hands-off technology. However, they do need some regular maintenance to retain their full energy generation capabilities for as long as possible.
How Long Do Solar Panels Last?
The average solar energy system lasts 25 to 30 years, with standard manufacturer warranties lasting 25 years or less. Without any maintenance, that life span will be significantly reduced — and if maintained regularly, your solar panels could theoretically last up to 40 years before requiring replacement.
Benefits of Solar Panel Maintenance
Regular solar panel maintenance is sometimes a requirement for warranties, but it has several benefits for home and business owners as well, as it:
- Restores energy efficiency
- Maximizes system life span
- Improves aesthetic appeal
- Provides a chance for inspection
Maintenance keeps your system healthy and generating energy reliably throughout its life span. It also keeps you alert to any solar panel repair or replacement needs.
What Happens During Solar Panel Maintenance?
The main goal of solar panel maintenance is to get your panels sparkling clean. With Arizona’s dry and dusty climate and low rainfall rates, dirt can get caked on quickly.
Maintenance technicians will ensure your panels are squeaky clean so various films and other debris don’t compromise your system’s energy generation. While on your roof, technicians will also inspect for any visual signs of damage from weather or other impact sources.
Your solar inverter is also exposed to dirt and dust and can become damaged over time. A technician will clean the inverter and, if necessary, clean or replace the air intake filter for proper function.
Why Schedule Professional Solar Maintenance?
As a supplemental practice, aiming the water hose at your solar panels for a periodic rinse is a good idea — but that’s not enough to keep them in prime condition. There will always be nooks and crannies you can’t see well, where debris can continue to build up until a more thorough cleaning eliminates it.
Professional solar maintenance requires specialized equipment and is much more efficient than any DIY attempt, keeping potential injuries out of the picture. For the greatest convenience, safety, and efficacy, professional solar maintenance is the best option.
When you’re ready to schedule solar panel maintenance, choose Independent Solar. Our specialists will use their years of experience to fine-tune your system for optimal performance.
Call (480) 569-6903 to schedule solar panel maintenance in Phoenix or nearby.