Service Tips

Solar Innovations, Inc. has provided service tips below that apply to our operable doors, windows, skylights, and glazed structures. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at skylight@solarinnovations.com or 800-618-0669.

1.) How do I clean my glass?

2.) How should I clean my aluminum framing?

3.) What do I do if there is grease, sealants, or caulking on the aluminum?

4.) What do I do if concrete gets on the aluminum?

5.) What type of maintenance does the evaporative cooler in my greenhouse require?

6.) What type of maintenance does the fogger in my greenhouse require?

7.) How do I clean the misting system in my greenhouse?

8.) How do I clean the grow lights in my greenhouse?

9.) The louvers in my greenhouse are dirty. What should I do?

10.) Do greenhouse shades require any special care?

11.) Can I open the ridge or eave vents in my greenhouse during the winter?

12.) What do I need to ensure my greenhouse will function properly during the winter?

13.) When should I clean operable doors and windows?

14.) How do I clean operable doors and windows?

15.) What type of lubrication should I use on operable door and window hardware?

 

1.) How do I clean my glass?

Use a mixture of 1 gallon of water, 2 ounces of vinegar (more or less depending on the mineral content of your water), and 1-2 drops of dish detergent applied with a soft sponge to clean glass. Then use a squeegee to remove any excess moisture. Clean the glass on a mild, cloudy day to reduce streaks on the glass.

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2.) How should I clean my aluminum framing?

Best practice is to clean the aluminum on the same day you clean the glass. Depending upon your finish see the care and maintenance guide for cleaning guidelines.

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3.) What do I do if there is grease, sealants, or caulking on the aluminum?

Depending upon your finish see the care and maintenance guide for cleaning guidelines.

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4.) What do I do if concrete gets on the aluminum?

Depending upon your finish see the care and maintenance guide for cleaning guidelines.

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5.) What type of maintenance does the evaporative cooler in my greenhouse require?

In the fall reservoirs should be drained and all pads removed and air dried for winter. Then in the spring check all mist nozzles and reservoirs to make sure they are free of debris. Remember to disconnect the power to the accessories before starting any and all maintenance.

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6.) What type of maintenance does the fogger in my greenhouse require?

Check the internal sum pump for free float. Clear all parts or residual water build up and mineral deposits with a small brush annually.  Remember to disconnect the power to the accessories before starting any and all maintenance.

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7.) How do I clean the misting system in my greenhouse?

Use a small brush to remove any mineral buildups. Remember to disconnect the power to the accessories before starting any and all maintenance.

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8.) How do I clean the grow lights in my greenhouse?

Use a damp cloth to clean the exposed surfaces of the grow lights of any excessive buildup. Remember to disconnect the power to the accessories before starting any and all maintenance.

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9.) The louvers in my greenhouse are dirty. What should I do?

Use a damp cloth and small brush to remove any particulates. Remember to disconnect the power to the accessories before starting any and all maintenance.

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10.) Do my greenhouse shades require any special care?

Annually inspect shade tracks for the buildup of any foreign substances. The application of upholstery grade silicone in the track housing will ensure trouble free operations. Inspect the draw strings to ensure they are properly wrapping on the tube rollers. Remember to disconnect the power to the accessories before starting any and all maintenance.

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11.) Can I open the ridge or eave vents in my greenhouse in the winter?

You can open ridge and eave vents in the winter, but NOT with snow or ice accumulations on them. The added weight can distress the motor and operating parts causing severe damage. Remember to disconnect the power to the accessories before starting any and all maintenance.

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12.) What do I need to ensure my greenhouse will function properly during the winter?

Before winter begins be sure to review temperature settings for your greenhouse, and that the heater is working properly. Review all environmental control system settings to ensure they are set properly. Remember to disconnect the power to the accessories before starting any and all maintenance.

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13.) When should I clean operable doors and windows?

Maintenance begins after installation. Use a vacuum to remove all dirt and debris from the track, heads, sills, and jambs. Apply silicon spray to remove any stuck on debris and lubricate the door system.

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14.) How do I clean operable doors and windows?

Vacuum the track and then clean glass and aluminum as detailed in the care and maintenance guide annually before re-lubricating the track, heads, sills, and jambs. Wipe off excess lubricant from surfaces where the trolleys will be rolling. Use water to clean hardware or a mild hand or dish soap if necessary. Harsher soaps can remove the protective coating.

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15.) What type of lubrication should I use on operable door and window hardware?

Lithium grease, WD-40, light oil, or graphite are acceptable lubricants. A dry film lubricant is the best product  to use.

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