Replace, Service or Clean Answers to Questions about Cleaning Solar Hot Water Systems
Isn’t it nice when things just work? For the most part your solar hot water system chugs along without any help, providing you with delicious hot showers all winter. But every now and then it does need a little love. A key to cleaning solar hot water systems is to periodically do it before it starts playing up. If you don’t maintain it, chances are you’ll have to replace it sooner.
How do I Know if my System Just Needs a Clean or, if it’s Better to Replace it?
So you’ve noticed something wrong with your system and you can’t decide whether to pay for costly repairs or fork out for a new system. Do you know the age of your system? This can help you make a decision.
A solar hot water system should last well over ten years. If it is well looked-after, and is a quality brand, you can even get 20 plus years out of it.
Having said that, if you notice any of the following problems with your solar hot water system you probably need to look at getting a replacement:
- Leaking: This is a sign you really need to take action fast. A small leak or drip from the tank can quickly become a BIG leak; your tank can even burst open, creating a mini-flood situation in your house.
- Stained water: If you find the hot water coming out of your taps has turned a rusty colour, this could mean (you guessed it) your tank is rusting internally. At this stage, cleaning your solar hot water system is not going to cut it.
- Noise coming from the heater: Loud noises issuing from your heater are likely caused by a mineral buildup within the system. Unfortunately, the system is probably a goner.
If the issue with your hot water system is NOT mentioned in the list above; it would be worthwhile to check the life expectancy of your brand and model. If it’s a young system it probably just needs a clean and service.
Do I Really Need to Clean My Solar Hot Water System Panels?
Indeed yes! Think of cleaning hot water system solar panels as one of the many joys of home ownership. The good news is, as we mentioned above, if you get your system serviced and hot water solar panels cleaned regularly, your system will last longer, saving you on both costly repairs and replacement, and also spare you the horror that is an unwelcome… cold shower!
Cleaning Solar Hot Water Systems How-To?
The steps you take to service and clean your hot water system will depend on the model and type of system you have installed. Unless you have experience with cleaning solar hot water systems it’s advisable to call in a professional. Solar hot water systems should be serviced and cleaned approximately every five years (or less if you notice issues). The collector (the solar thermal component on the roof) may need cleaning more regularly if there’s been a lot of dust in the air (for instance during drought conditions). It’s also worth checking that the collector is not being overshadowed due to tree growth.
At Pure Sunshine Solar Cleaning, we are the solar panel cleaning professionals. Contact us today to see how we can help you keep your solar hot water system solar panels clean.
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