How long does a solar water heater last? Need to study these issues from some aspects, such as the proper installation, common problems: solar water is not hot enough, solar water heater does not work (considering solar water panel damage, water pipe rupture, relief valve leaking,) in case of these conditions must be repaired in time, You will find that the water temperature will rise and you need to clean the descaling regularly. Here is a guide on how to extend the life of the solar water heater.

how long does a solar water heater last
how long does a solar water heater last

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How long does the solar water heating system last?

ESCOO water heating equipment has a 10-year warranty from the manufacturer. When installed properly, most systems, including all parts, can last up to 20 years. We also enhance some of the structure to extend the life and make the most of your system. Many solar systems installed in the 1980’s are still operating today.

Installation and maintenance are very important for solar water heaters

The proper installation of solar water heaters depends on many factors. These factors include solar resource, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues; therefore, it’s best to have a qualified solar thermal systems contractor install your system.

After installation, properly maintaining your system will keep it running smoothly. Passive systems don’t require much maintenance. For active systems, discuss the maintenance requirements with your system provider, and consult the system’s owner’s manual. Plumbing and other conventional water heating components require the same maintenance as conventional systems. Glazing may need to be cleaned in dry climates where rainwater doesn’t provide a natural rinse.

Regular maintenance on simple systems can be as infrequent as every 3–5 years, preferably by a solar contractor. Systems with electrical components usually require a replacement part or two after 10 years.

Why should solar water heaters be maintained?

A solar thermal system is expected to last more than twenty years and with maintenance should not lose efficiency. You should expect to be supplied with a minimum manufacturer’s warranty of ten years on the collector itself. Your installer should provide you with a materials and labor warranty

Components on a solar thermal system are usually given a much shorter warranty. 2-3 years is fairly standard (component dependant).

The pump, for example, may need replacing after around ten years although it is a relatively inexpensive component. Other parts that may need replacing are electrical components like the controller. There are different types of the solar thermal heater which will require varying types of maintenance and will vary depending on your individual project.

Providing the system has been properly installed, you will have to perform very little maintenance over the system’s lifespan, however, there are a few things that will need periodical maintenance. Such maintenance requirements would be to have the pump fluid pressure checked on a yearly basis as this may need topping up every few years and also to check the PH levels and the replacement of the antifreeze fluid. Most maintenance issues will be dictated by environmental conditions such as the location of the installation and weather conditions.

Some light cleaning of the panels might be required to remove any build-up of dirt, but rainwater and the angle of the panel will take care of most of the dirt.

Your installer can advise you further on any general maintenance issues regarding your particular system. Even after maintenance and installation costs, a solar thermal heating system is a great investment offering many benefits not just the obvious savings on your heating bills.

Depending on your system there might be other small parts that will need to be checked in order to keep your system working at full capacity. Some other rare maintenance issues you should watch for are air blocks in the pipework and antifreeze leaks, but these are unlikely in a properly fitted system and a good installer will cover you against any such problems.  You should ask your installer for a quote on maintenance and service when enquiring about having a solar thermal system installed.

When do I need to replace my new solar water heater? Judging criteria

  1. It is very old.
  2. it makes strange noise.
  3. It doesn’t heat the water up to adequate level.
  4. It doesn’t heat the water at all.
  5. It produces muddy, sandy or rustic kind of water.
  6. leakage from water heater.
  7. Strange smell from water coming out of your water heater.
  8. You have to get it fixed again and again.
  9. Inefficient heating
  10. Not enough hot water
  11. Tank of water heater is leaking
  12. Tank of water heater has been damaged

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