Prevent faults in your solar
Maintaining your solar ensures that it's operating correctly, optimises its performance and keeps the system safe.
Hot spots and microcracks are the most common faults that can occur in your solar, and you can reduce the chances of both by regularly cleaning your solar panels from dirt and grime.
Hot spots can occur when dirt and other substances like bird droppings accumulate on a panel, placing extra load on the cleaner parts of the panel. This can cause microcracks to form, compromising the system as a whole. Solar panels only self-clean in the rain to a small extent, as stickier substances like bird and possum droppings may harden over time and not wash off easily, even in heavy rain.
For safety reasons, we do not recommend you clean the panels yourself, either on the roof or from the ground. Cleaning, system health checks and maintenance work should be left to a qualified tradesperson.
Beyond regular cleaning and technician health checks, monitoring your system can be a good way to check the health of your solar and ensuring its output is what you expect. If you have a smart meter, you can check MyAccount or your AGL App for a feature called Solar Status. Learn more about this free solar health check service.