Swimming pool solar heater panels freeze problem
Depending on the manufacturer, your solar panels may be replaced under warranty. Our installer says that once the panels begin leaking, they tend to deteriorate fairly rapidly. For example, three leaks the first year, 7 leaks the second year, 30 leaks the third year.
Many solar panels are warrantied against freezing, but that is not likely to be the future of the warranties, because they inevitably DO freeze and leak.
If there are just a few leaks, it is easier to fix them - a Fafco Solar
panel repair kit can usually be bought from your installer for about
If you turned the pump on to manual to circulate the water through the panels, that should prevent a freeze - but will cost you the electrical cost to run the pump.
Our experience has been that it is better NOT to drain the panels - we had many fewer leaks the years we have not drained the panels, despite occasional hard freezes in our part of California.
In addition, your rooftop installation should help radiate some heat up to the panels to keep them from freezing.
Check your warranty and get the panels replaced if there are more than a few leaks.
Mar 21, 2009 |
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