There is no denying the advantages of solar water heaters in energy efficiency. Today's solar heaters can harness the sun's energy to heat water for your home with very little impact on the environment. In addition, a solar water heater can save you a lot of money on your energy bills in the long run. However, like any other appliance, a solar water heater is not without problems. Here are some common problems you may encounter with your solar water heater and how to fix them.
1. The Solar Collector is Not Positioned Correctly
The solar collector is the part of the system that absorbs sunlight and converts it into heat. For it to work properly, the solar collector must be in direct sunlight for most of the day. If it's positioned too close to trees or buildings, it won't get enough sunlight and won't be able to generate enough heat.
As a result, your water heater will have inconsistent temperatures. If you think the positioning of your solar collector might be an issue, it's best to call a heater technician for help. They'll be able to assess the sun's path and ensure the collector is in the best position to maximize sun exposure.
2. The Solar Collector is Dirty
Over time, the collector's panel can become covered in dirt, dust, and other debris, which reduces its efficiency. The good news is that this is a relatively easy problem to fix. In most cases, the collector can be cleaned with a garden hose or a pressure washer. However, if the collector is particularly dirty, it needs a stronger solution to clean off the stuck-on grime.
3. There is a Leak
Leaks are one of the most common problems with solar water heaters. Most leaks occur at the connections between the collector and the storage tank. If you notice a leak, it's important to immediately plan for water heater repair. The technician will tighten loose connections or seal any ruptures. Otherwise, the leak could cause serious damage to your home.
4. The Solar Energy Storage Capacity is Insufficient
Insufficient is experienced for several reasons, such as an inadequate panel size or too many cloudy days in a row. A water heater service can diagnose the problem and recommend a suitable power backup that accommodates your home's power needs. They will consider, among other things, the number of people in the house and water usage patterns.
An optimally performing solar water heater brings the comfort of an adequate hot water supply with almost no bills. But it also needs regular repair and maintenance to fulfill this role. Contact a water heater repair service to diagnose and fix your solar heater needs.