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January 20, 2016

How many services Do Solar Panels Require?

It’s important to understand how to service solar panels in order to keep your panels working well for years to come.

When deciding to purchase solar panels for your Colorado home, you need to consider the service requirements of the panels. Consider also the warranty offered on your solar panels. A strong warranty can allow you to enjoy peace of mind after solar panel installation, as you will know that your investment is protected.

Solar Panel Servicing

Solar panels generally require very little serving. They are very durable and should last around 25-30 years with no maintenance. The only maintenance you should need to perform is to wash them clean of dirt and dust two to four times a year, which you can easily do with a garden hose. This basic cleaning routine ensures that the sun can shine brightly on the panel, maximizing the amount of light available to turn into electrical power. Watch out for leaves or snow falling on the panels so you can clear them away as quickly as possible.

Solar Energy Warranties

Reputable solar energy companies provide warranties on their solar panels that last for at least 15-25 years after installation. The warranty should guarantee that the solar panel output doesn’t fall below a certain level during this time. Solar panel warranties are transferable to new home owners should you sell your home.

In general, peak power output from a solar panel shouldn’t fall below 85 percent for the first 25 years of the panel’s life. Look for solar companies that are prepared to guarantee this level of performance. Be wary of solar energy companies that don’t offer a warranty, as professional solar panel maintenance can cost as much as $2,000 over the life of the solar system.

Solar panels can help you save money on your energy bills, but you must maintain them well and ensure you get a good warranty. Find out how many solar panels your home needs and get answers to other commonly asked questions about solar energy from EcoMark Solar. Check out our First Time Buyer’s Guide to Solar Energy to learn more about solar panels and find out what you need to do to maintain them.

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Homeowners who have had solar panels installed may not know that their solar systems are insured under their homeowner’s insurance. So a significant hail storm likely equates to an insurance claim. EcoMark Solar is here to support you if your home and solar system are hit by hail.

Most hail storms aren’t usually severe enough to significantly damage solar panels.

Solar panels were designed to be outside and stand up to the elements. That being said, when hail hits a home hard enough your solar panels may have cracked glass, which could affect their production, and your mechanical components may be dented or damaged. Many other aspects of the home could be damaged and should be evaluated for an insurance claim.

If significant hail hits your home, EcoMark Solar needs to be contacted right away.

We will come out so that we can inspect your solar panels and your roof. In the hours and days following a hail storm many roofing companies will start knocking on your door and offering you a free estimate, however, these roofing companies are not qualified to evaluate your solar system.

Conversely, EcoMark Solar can evaluate the solar system and the state of your roof and the rest of the items that are typically included in a hail claim. EcoMark Solar has established an in-house roofing department specifically dedicated to processing your insurance claims and servicing your restoration needs including roofing, gutters, and siding.

Even if your panels are not damaged, EcoMark Solar can act as the general contractor for your entire insurance claim and get all the work done by a company you already know and trust.

You can submit a claim with us by:

Clicking right here: Insurance Claim Form at EcoMark Solar

Calling us at: 720-432-6411.

Or you can contact your sales consultant

Even if your panels were not installed by EcoMark Solar, please contact us, we can perform service and repair on most solar installations.

If you are considering solar, know that normally, there is minimal impact to insurance premiums when adding solar to your home. Once solar is installed, EcoMark Solar will be there for you when hail hits for the life of the panels.

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