It’s spring cleaning time. Aren’t you excited? We have had a few questions about how to clean solar panels. After all, dirt, debris, and even bird droppings can quickly reduce the amount of electricity your system will produce. Please keep in mind, this is how we clean our panels, however, we deeply encourage you to follow the specific instructions outlined in your user manual.
-We recommend you spray down your panels at least twice but preferably four times per year. In doing so, you will spend a very short time cleaning your panels
- You should spray in the morning. You don’t want the water to evaporate due to the heat of the day
-Inspect after you spray. Yes, this means you will most likely have to climb up on your roof
- If you see a stubborn stain, typical glass cleaner will remove it quickly
- Just one other safety note: never climb onto your roof if you are not comfortable with this activity. Also, never do it alone…have someone hold the ladder
-Inspect the panel while you are cleaning it for cracks in the glass. Solar panels most often malfunction because of water damage. If you notice any cracks, fill the crack with a high-temperature silicon seal
-Inspect wire connections as well for any sign of damage or decay. If you find a damaged wire, replace it immediately. Keep these connections clean and as dry as possible
That’s it. Now, get the kids to clean out the garage!