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Solar Panel Maintenance

Written by Faith Foushee/

Edited by Jamie Cesanek

Last updated 05/29/2024

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Key Points

  • Solar panel maintenance can lead to long-term panel performance and electricity production, helping you save money on energy bills and maximize your investment.
  • Clean solar panels at least twice a year to remove dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris.
  • While you can clean your own solar panels, hire a professional if you have limited roof access or electrical concerns.

Solar panel maintenance FAQs

  • Clean solar panels regularly to maintain optimal performance. Solar companies recommend cleaning at least twice a year in the spring and fall to remove dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris on your panels. Cleaning once per season ensures panels are well-prepared for each season’s conditions.

  • Use water, gentle soap, and a soft brush or cloth to effectively clean your solar panels. Avoid using harsh chemicals or equipment that may damage your solar panels. 

  • Common performance issues include buildup of dirt and debris, inverter or wiring problems, and impacts from environmental factors. Regular maintenance and inspections prevent common performance issues impacting the lifespan of your solar panel system.

  • Consider a comprehensive professional inspection every 1–2 years. However, you should visually inspect panels on a regular basis for signs of damage, shading, and debris buildup.

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