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How to Maintain Your Solar Power System

Solar systems do not require much maintenance, but the maintenance they do require is important. If properly maintained a solar system should be expected to last for 20 years or more. If it is not maintained properly, however, you can expect this number to be reduced. Here are a few things to do to maintain your system. If it does fail, then you may need to seek out solar service and repair in NJ or your local area.

 

Checking the Batteries

This is going to be one of the biggest items to keep in mind. Remember, these batteries are going through cycles and being drained then recharged much more than a normal car battery. If the batteries are sealed, then there is not much you can do other than making sure they are still holding a charge. For unsealed batteries, keep the water levels in the cells at the proper level. This will prevent the cells from degrading over time. Always used distilled water.

 

Cleaning the Panels

Keeping your panels clean is vital to keeping them charging properly. The more sunlight that is blocked by dirt and debris, the less energy is reaching the solar panels. This results in less energy being sent to the batteries and less energy for you. The first thing you should try if you need to clean your panels is a simple garden hose. If this fails, try a squeegee like you would see at a truck stop or gas station. Whatever you do, do not press down hard on the panels. Pressing down on the panels can damage the cells and reduce their power output.

Properly maintaining your solar system is the key to a long, problem free life. If you check your batteries often then they will continue to cycle properly and not discharge. Likewise, if you keep your panels clean, then they are going to provide excellent power output.