Solar hot water systems are an excellent option for Australians who want to reduce their water heating expenses at home. Generally, these systems are reliable and user-friendly. However, regular maintenance is crucial to sustaining their life span and ensuring optimum performance. Here are our top tips for keeping your solar hot water system in good working condition.
Clean The Solar Collectors Regularly
Solar hot water systems use the sun’s rays to heat water with large solar collectors or solar absorber panels that are generally placed on the roof of your home. The solar collectors should be cleaned regularly to work efficiently. Washing them with soap and water to remove any droppings, dust and grime is the simplest method. Refrain from using chemical cleaners or abrasive scourers so that the glass panels don’t get scratched or damaged. If you find it difficult to DIY, hiring a solar hot water specialist is the best option.
Trim Back Trees
Trees are a great addition to any property, but they can cast shade on solar collectors which will reduce their efficiency. Make sure that you cut or trim trees back to avoid shadows on the solar collectors. This job is best done by a professional because it’s dangerous for anyone inexperienced in tree trimming.
Make Sure Your Hot Water Pipes Are Insulated
Insulating pipes in a hot water system is a great way of ensuring that water doesn’t lose heat while moving through the pipes. Make sure that pipes are wrapped in foam insulation and be sure to check the condition of the foam every few years because its ability to hold heat during cold seasons can decrease.
Lookout for Leaks
Sometimes, even though you do everything by the book to maintain your solar hot water system, there are chances that a leak could develop. Pay attention to the pipes for any new leaks. If you see pooling or dripping, call for a solar hot water system maintenance service immediately.
There’s nothing better you can do other than getting your solar hot water system serviced. Make sure that you have a reputable hot water specialist to schedule service checks, like Kalamunda Plumbing. You can rest assured that your hot water system will be kept in optimum condition for peak performance.
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