If you have recently installed a solar panel system in your home or are considering it, you may have a lot of questions about what comes after installation. Hopefully, if you just had your system installed, the service technician explained what you need to do to maintain your panels. However, today on the Gardner Energy blog, we are going to share some basic information that will help you maintain your solar system. 

Do Solar Panels Need to Be Serviced?

Yes. Like any system, it will need some care to keep operating at its best. Because a solar panel system has very few moving parts, very little service is required, but we do recommend that you have your system serviced once a year. Annual service will: 

  • Keep your panels in full working order
  • Will make sure any fault or drop in generation is noted and fixed 

What Are the Benefits of Regular Solar Panel Maintenance?

Regular solar panel maintenance is a must for caring for your investment. Like maintaining your car with regular oil changes, washes, and other basic services, your solar panels need to be cared for as well. Regular maintenance will help your system:

  • Avoid faults
  • Allow for most optimal performance and power generation
  • Help to prevent system damage
  • Address any issues before they become major problems — saving you money

What is Included in Solar Panel Service?

Though what’s included in your maintenance plan will depend on the solar panel company that you have service your panels, Gardner Energy provides basic maintenance plans for service annually or twice a year. Here is what is included in our basic maintenance plans: 

  • Professional panel cleaning
  • Visual inspection with a written report
  • Verification of monitoring system function 

If you have an off-grid system, there are a few more necessary services included: 

  • Professional panel cleaning
  • Battery check and water-filled as needed
  • Verification of system settings
  • Basic generator inspection test cycle
  • Visual inspection with a written report (twice a year)

To learn more about our service subscription plans, visit our service page.

What Other Service May My Solar Panels Need?

Generally, your solar panel will usually only need regular maintenance and possibly minor repairs when you invest in a maintenance plan. However, there are other times when you might need to call for service: 

  • Troubleshooting system issues
  • Monitoring reconnects
  • Any repairs (breakers, wiring issues, etc. 
  • Inverter replacements

At Gardner Energy, we also offer major component warranty work even if someone else installed your system. OEM warranty claims and repairs that we can help with include: 

  • PV panels
  • Inverters
  • Batteries
  • Other components

Will I Need to Upgrade My System? 

Yes, you may need to eventually upgrade your solar panel system. However, if you just installed your new system, you most likely won’t have to worry about upgrades for a while unless you wish your system to do more for you. However, if you have an old, aging system that isn’t performing like it used to or isn’t on par with new systems, you may want to consider calling to learn more about the possible updates and upgrades available. 

Want to Reach Your Energy Off-Set Goals?

If you want to achieve your energy off-set goals, it might also be a great time to call for service. Some upgrades you can consider include: 

  • PV panel add-ons
  • Inverter upgrades

What a Battery Backup Upgrade?

A battery backup upgrade can be a great way to keep your family safe and life running as usual, even when power outages occur. Install these backup batteries:

  • Tesla Powerwall
  • Enphase encharge
  • Sonnen

Can I Protect My Solar System From Critters?

Are you having problems with animals in the area or want to make sure you don’t have any unnecessary damage from rodents and other critters? Then install a critter guard. A critter guard is made of wire and can help to keep animals from accessing the underside of your solar array, as well as keep leaves and other debris from collecting underneath. Damages that critters and debris can cause include: 

  • Wiring and equipment damage
  • Fire hazards

Protect your investment and keep your family safe with a critter guard for your solar panel array.

What is the Average Lifespan of A Solar Panel?

Of course, the type of solar panel, the quality of installation, and maintenance performed on your system will determine how long your solar panel will last. However, typically a solar panel will last for 25-30 years. If your solar panels are approaching the end of their life, it might be a good idea to have them serviced and inspected to make sure they are in good working order. For those who just installed their solar system, it is essential that you invest in maintenance to keep your system running for years to come. 

To learn more about our service packages and pricing, visit our website, and feel free to contact us! We would love to hear from you and help you get the most out of your solar system.