Maintain your solar panels to enjoy their benefit for longer! Ensuring your solar panels are in top condition is a great way to keep your operations running smoothly.
If you maintain your solar power system properly, it can last you for many years to come. As with your business or property, your solar power system is an investment. For instance, you need to clean your solar panel regularly or you risk reducing its efficiency by 5%. To help you maintain high efficiency for your solar power system, below is some of the best practices for its maintenance.
1. Do Regular Maintenance Checks
If you want your solar system to perform at its peak, you should do some maintenance and inspections.
As mentioned, the most efficient way to maintain a solar panel is through cleaning. Remove all debris, moss, dirt, dust, and gum resin that may be present on the panel. We recommend cleaning your solar panels two to four times a year. You can use a garden hose or a scrub sponge to remove dirt from your solar panel surface module.
You should hire a professional to inspect and maintain your solar panels if you are incapable of doing so on your own.
2. Maintain The Battery
To avoid having to replace the batteries of your solar system now and then, you must maintain them as well. Maintaining them will ensure they live a long time.
By visually inspecting your battery, you can detect cracks, electrolyte leaks, and corrosion on the terminals and connectors. If you are experiencing any of these problems, you should contact a professional.
It is also important to clean the battery. Keep the solar battery dry and free of electrolyte residue at all times.
Moreover, you should periodically check the electrolyte levels and refill them as necessary. Additionally, you should keep a record of the battery voltage regularly.
3. Maintain Inverters
Don’t take your solar inverter for granted, either. Install them on a dry surface with adequate ventilation. One of the most common mistakes you can make is to place the inverter on top of the battery.
Like the battery, ensure that your inverter is in good working order by visually inspecting it and consulting a professional. Check the connections and the LED indicators. Ensure that the inverter is free of dust and debris.
4. Maintain Wires and Connections
It is important to ensure that your wires and connections are free from breaks and cracks. But if by any chance the conductors and insulation get damaged, find a professional to replace them. You should do the same for corroded or burnt wires.
5. Maintain Controllers or Regulators
Regulators and controllers are responsible for controlling your voltage. You should install the voltage controllers and regulators in a dry and ventilated area.
If you notice any loose wiring, you should either tighten it or replace it. You can also use a brush or dry cloth to clean up any dust. In the event that the charger controllers do not indicate charging during the day, contact a qualified individual to perform a full operation test. They will make a recommendation accordingly based on their findings.
And there you have it. A simple guide to the most effective maintenance practices for solar power systems!
We’ve covered how to maintain all the components of your solar power system, including solar panels, batteries, inverters, wires, connections, controllers, and regulators. If you are not familiar with any of these practices, consult a professional for help. At Green Tech Hub, we’re experts in green technologies. We supply, install and maintain solar PV systems, solar battery storage systems and electric vehicle chargers.