Question about Fafco Deluxe Solar Panel Heating System 1 4' X 20' Panel
I have a Fafco Solar system for my pool - it is at least 15+ years old. Recently the mechanism (sensor) on the roof that allowed the heated water to pass to the pool stopped working, it was in a round cover and disintegrated so I am not sure how things were attached inside. My goal is to set it up to manually allow water to pass to the pool, but I am not sure how the plumbing or the use of the hoses that were once attached to the mechanism worked (3 hoses that go from the pump plumbing to the roof). I'd love any thoughts on how to make this a manual system. My inquiries to local dealers has discovered that the replacement for this mechanism would be costly since it would require a full replacemnent.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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 $25.00.
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.
Posted on May 07, 2009
you can contact fafco or heliocol and get a plug kit. its a rubber plug that once you cut the tube you insert the plug into the tube and then insert an expansion peg behind it to help it stay in place.
Posted on Sep 25, 2009
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