If you have decided to use solar power to provide the energy to your home, you have experienced the benefits of lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Once installed, there is going to be a bit of maintenance required to keep things operating smoothly. There may also be times when the panels or other components need to be repaired. The sooner you realize something is wrong and get it taken care of, the less money it will cost you and the better your system will work. Here are a few things you need to know about solar roofing repairs.
When the system is initially installed, ask the technician to explain things to you and to show you all the different parts and what they do. Also ask how to tell if a part is not functioning right or has something wrong with it. Take the time to get on the roof and inspect the entire system every couple of months. You will also need to check on things after every storm to make sure nothing has moved or been damaged. At the first sign of something wrong, contact a technician to come to fix it.
Dust and pollen are going to accumulate on the panels. You are going to need to clean this off regularly, perhaps when you are doing the inspections. In most cases, you should be able to use a hose, on a soft setting and spray the panels clean. However, if the pollen is too thick or sticky, it will take a bit of rubbing and washing. Because the panels are very sensitive, and easily broken, you should contact a professional to take care of this. If you do not get the panels clean, the dirt particles can scratch the surface. This can cause enough damage to keep them from working properly and require replacement.
To get the most out of the solar panels, they need to be adjusted so that they face the sun correctly. They may need to be adjusted as the seasons change and anytime they are moved a bit due to high winds. When the technician comes to clean or repair the panels, ask them to also check their angles.
You should understand that another aspect to solar repairs may require a bit of work on the roof structure itself. This is why it is important that you work with a company that is not strictly a solar company but one that is a roofing compoany that happens to be certified at solar panel installation too.