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Solar Water Heater

Maintaining a Solar Water Heater

Every year, people use millions of dollars’ worth of fossil fuels to heat hot water for their homes. Traditional water heaters, even the newest and most efficient, waste tons of energy keeping water hot, even when it is not being used. Installing and maintaining a solar water heater, on the other hand, only uses the power of the sun, which is essentially limitless, to keep your water toasty warm.

Checklist for Solar Water Heaters

The sun produces more energy in one hour than the people of Earth have ever used. The problems modern scientists face is harnessing this power. Solar panels are the most current solutions, and they are what powers your water heater. In order for your water heater to work efficiently, you need to perform annual maintenance, which includes checking:

  • Sun visibility – If your collector is shaded by plants or debris, its performance is drastically reduced. Trim vegetation and always keep the solar panel clear of refuse.
  • Seals – The collector has important glazing and associated seals. If these are damaged, energy is being wasted and not used to keep your water hot.
  • Plumbing repairs – Just with a traditional water heater, making sure your plumbing and ductwork is complete ensures proper water transfer from the heater to various faucets.
  • Dampers, valves, and pumps – Check all parts that regulate the flow of water to and from the water heater to make sure they are in the right position and respond appropriately when toggled.
  • Antifreeze – If your water heater uses a liquid to transfer solar heat to water, it needs to be replaced by a professional periodically.

Making a Maintenance Appointment

If you are unsure or uncomfortable with any aspect of checking up on your solar water heater, call a plumber as soon as possible. The best option is to call the service that installed the water heater, but you may also want to call in another expert that can schedule regular visits to make sure your heater is functioning properly. Call (602) 870-6840 today to speak with an expert at Donley Service Center about maintaining your solar water heater.