Advice on solar panel cleaning
With the recent rise in electrical cost, homeowners are realizing the need to clean and maintain their solar systems. Cleaning your solar panels the wrong way can void your warranty and is very dangerous; hiring a professional is usually recommended. If you are hiring a professional or doing it yourself, here are five things to consider when getting your solar panels cleaned.
NEVER PRESSURE WASH A SOLAR PANEL
Using high pressure while cleaning solar panels can cause micro-fracturing on the solar panels and can void the solar panels’ manufacturers production warranty.
NEVER USE ANY HARD CHEMICALS
Chemicals that are too aggressive can remove the ARC coating on your panels. This coating increases the efficiency of your solar panels. Using the wrong chemicals can also void the production warranty from your solar manufacturer.
NEVER USE TAP WATER
It is recommended to only use filtered water; using normal tap water will leave calcium and other minerals (hard water) on the glass of the panel and decrease the efficiency of the solar panel, and is expensive to remove.
NEVER WALK ON THE SOLAR PANELS
Anyone cleaning a solar panel should have a telescopic pole that can reach any part of the solar system without needing to walk on them.
Walking on the solar panels can be a safety hazard and it can cause microfractures in the solar cells that can cause permanent damage to the solar panel.
Most professional solar panel cleaning companies will offer an inspection with cleaning, which ensures your system is working and can suggest any preventive maintenance. Most homeowners and people not specialized in solar panel cleaning lack the knowledge or have the specialized equipment to inspect the system.
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