2023 Spring Cleaning Maintenance Tips for Your Solar

Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidying up your home–it’s also important to take care of your solar panels. Over the winter months, dirt and grime can accumulate on the panels–even in warmer climates–decreasing their ability to efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.

To ensure your solar panels are working to their maximum potential, it’s recommended that you clean them at least a few times each year. Don’t let something as minor as dirty solar panels impact the energy efficiency of your home. Here are five simple tips to guide you as you maintain your solar panels this spring.

Invest in a Quality Solar Panel Cleaning Kit

Cleaning a solar panel using standard cleaning supplies can do more harm than good, which is why investing in a solar panel cleaning kit is a smart move. These kits typically come equipped with special cleaning detergent, a cleaning brush, and a squeegee to dry and remove excess soap and liquid.

While it’s possible to clean your solar panel without a kit, be sure to avoid abrasive substances or sponges that can leave permanent damage. Always make sure you’re using soft cloths or sponges that haven’t been used to clean anything else, so you won’t scratch the panels as you clean. 

Follow Manufacturer Instructions

Many homeowners forget to check their panel manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning or maintaining their solar panels. While most panels don’t have any unique requirements regarding cleaning, some do provide specific recommendations. Refer to the information that came with your solar energy system and call your solar panel provider for more information.

Rinse Panels Before Using Soap

Often, hosing off your solar panels can do a good enough job of removing any built-up dirt, dust, or grime, but it’s a good idea to do a more thorough spring cleaning. Start the process by hosing off the panels before cleaning them with soap and a rag or sponge. 

Check for Damage

As you’re performing spring cleaning, you should also look for any signs of damage like cracks or chips. If you notice any damage, reach out to your solar panel provider immediately. Damaged panels reduce the efficiency of your system, so get any problems fixed right away to make the most of your investment. 

Hire a Professional

If your panels are difficult to reach or are particularly dirty, it’s often wise to hire a professional to take care of spring cleaning for you. Aside from cleaning the panels, your solar technician will perform any required maintenance, ensuring your solar panels are ready to soak up the sun throughout the spring, summer, and beyond.

Maintain Your Solar Energy System This Spring

If you’ve made the wise decision to invest in a solar energy system, protect your investment by following the spring cleaning and maintenance tips listed above. Need more information about making the switch to solar? Reach out to the solar experts at Solar Bear of Tampa today. Give us a call at (727) 471-7442!