At Horan & Bird, we cannot stress enough the importance of consistent cleaning and maintenance. We are here to help break down the costs and provide a complete guide to cleaning and maintaining your solar panels effectively.
Why it’s so important to clean your solar panels:
Keeping dirt and grime from building up on your solar panels can be difficult; however, to maximise the efficiency of your system, it is valuable to engage in regular cleaning and maintenance procedures. Generally, solar panels are mostly self-cleaning due to the tilt they are installed on; however, the bulky grime may still be a little bit difficult to remove on your own. Dust and pollutants may build up over time, causing your system not to absorb sunlight effectively.
Benefits of Regular Solar Panel Cleaning:
Regular solar panel cleaning and maintenance plays a large role in the maximisation and longevity of your system. Regular Health checks keep your panels clear of obstructions and in optimal condition, ensuring you get the most cost savings possible. Proactive maintenance can also identify minor issues before they escalate, significantly extending the lifespan of your investment. Regular inspections and cleans by a professional can help to identify potential hazards and protect yourself and your property from electrical issues. Finally, routine maintenance ensures you remain covered against defects or system failures in your warranty agreement.
Benefits of Maintenance
- Ensures that nothing has come loose within the rack/railing and clamping.
- Ensures that roof penetrations are resealed if required. Therefore, no water can leak through.
- Claim warranties or additional upgrades.
- Check over core attributes, including the condition of solar panels, isolator, and inverter, to ensure everything works correctly.
How often should you clean your solar panels?
It is crucial to clean your solar panels when you see your energy output has been affected. There is not an exact measurement of time applicable to all systems and homes. On average, it is recommended that you get your solar panels professionally cleaned 1 to 2 times a year. This largely depends on the location, weather, and surrounding environment.
Dangers of Cleaning your Solar Panels at home:
Safety is vital: When cleaning your solar panels, ensuring you are safe is essential. If there is any safety issue, contact a specialised professional to perform panel maintenance.
In some cases, you may be able to clean your panels from the ground; however, for the most part, you may have to go up on the roof to clean. If you attempt this, ensure you wear essential PPA and mitigate associated risk. Hiring a professional is better for those looking to save time and effort. Many homeowners on a tight budget may see this as an opportunity to save money; however, the more soiled panels or the safety risks involved may call for professional expertise.
Using the correct methods and procedures:
Below is a list of easy mistakes to avoid if cleaning solar panels at home:
- Abrasive materials and harsh chemicals- Using the incorrect cleaning products may damage your panels.
- Cleaning with a pressure hose- Again, using incorrect methods may damage your panels.
- Allowing cleaning solutions to dry on panels- May cause long-term damage and prevent efficient use of panels.
- Only use gentle cleaning tools- May scratch and damage panels if done correctly.
Not only can this be a safety issue for you, but also the longevity and efficiency of your solar system if not done right.
Professional Solar Panel Cleaning and Maintenance:
Breaking down the process of how an industry professional cleans and maintains your solar panels:
- A thorough system inspection by our expert Solar Energy Specialists.
- Professional cleaning only – because we value your time and money.
- A detailed performance evaluation, preparing you for future energy upgrades.
- A complete on-site report outlining everything your system needs to shine.
How much does a professional cleaning cost in Australia?
At Horan & Bird, we have three tiers of costs depending on the level of maintenance required. Click the link here to learn more.
How we can help:
Horan & Bird started in 2004 and has built one of the longest-standing solar companies in Australia. We have over 30,000 customers and have won Master Electrician of the Year five times, along with Australian Small Business of the Year in 2012.
Not all companies are created equal, which also applies to solar companies. That’s why choosing a company with experience is essential, so you can be sure your system is installed correctly and will last for years.
Furthermore, we understand that each solar journey is unique, and our approach is tailored to meet your specific needs. Whether you are a homeowner looking to enhance your energy resilience or a business aiming to meet your corporate social responsibility initiatives, we are dedicated to customising solutions that align with your goals.
For more information on how we can aid in maintaining and cleaning your system, contact us here.
Founder & Manager of Horan & Bird Energy. Director of Master Electricians Australia. John has played a key entrepreneurial role in the transformation of the Energy Landscape in Queensland having founded Horan & Bird in 2004 and building it to a $35 Million Business. The business was then sold, repurchased and merged with Juice Capital in 2020. Juice Capital own one of the largest renewable energy funds in Australia and allow customers to go solar and batteries for no up front capital through Power Purchase Agreements.