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How Often Do Solar Panels Need Maintenance?

There’s a lot to love about solar panels—they save you money on your electric bills, lower your carbon footprint, and can even help you avoid power outages if you install battery storage. What’s even better is that solar panels do all this while requiring almost no maintenance. 

Once your solar panels are installed, you won’t have to worry about scheduling frequent solar panel maintenance. An annual solar service visit can give you peace of mind that your system is operating as it should, but it’s not usually necessary. Instead, you should schedule solar maintenance if you ever notice a problem. 

When Should You Schedule Solar Maintenance Services? 

Your Solar Panels Are Not Working Properly  

Solar monitoring allows you to keep an eye on how much electricity your home solar panels are producing at any given time. If your monitoring system alerts you to a problem, like a drop in production, you might need rooftop solar panel maintenance. A maintenance technician will figure out what’s causing the problem and determine whether you need solar panel repair. 

Your Solar Panels Are Visibly Dirty 

Dust and grime can block sunlight and reduce your solar system’s output. You shouldn’t have to clean your solar panels frequently, but if they are visibly dirty, you might have to rinse them off. In Arizona, this can happen after a sand or dust storm comes through. 

You can clean your solar panels yourself with water and a soft cloth (don’t use soap, abrasive sponges, or a power washer). If you’d rather not climb up on your roof, give SouthFace Solar & Electric a call for solar panel cleaning in Phoenix. We can take care of it for you. 

You Need to Repair or Replace Your Roof 

If you need to have work done on your roof after your solar panels are installed, you will most likely need to remove and reinstall your solar panels. We recommend using a professional solar contractor for the solar panel removal and reinstallation, rather than having your roofer handle it. If your roofer is not a trained solar technician, they won’t be able to reinstall the panels correctly and they could end up damaging them during the removal process. 

Professional Arizona Solar Panel Maintenance 

Looking for Arizona solar panel maintenance help? SouthFace Solar & Electric has you covered. We offer a full list of solar maintenance services, including: 

  • Solar panel repair 
  • Solar panel replacement 
  • Production verification
  • Solar inverter servicing 
  • Troubleshooting
  • Solar panel cleaning 

Whether you know there’s a problem with your solar energy system or you just want to make sure it’s working properly, we can help. We service all types of solar energy systems, including fully off-grid solar systems and systems we did not originally install. Our team has over 35 years of combined experience and you can count on us for expert solar maintenance near you in Phoenix, Carefree, Scottsdale, and throughout all of Arizona.

Need help with solar panel maintenance? Call 480-405-8635 or contact us to schedule a service call!

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