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How do Solar Geysers work

How does the weather affect the solar panels

Solar Geyser Maintenance



Solar geysers/water heating system. How does it work

The two main components of your solar geyser system are the hot water tank or geyser and the solar panels.

The water is heated directly by circulating through the copper piping that is mounted below the solar panel and absorbs the heat from the sun or indiredctly. Indirect water heating requires the syphon system where the hot water rises and is drawn through the pipes circulating between the heated plates of the solar panel and the geyser,transferring heat to the water inside.

What about the weather

The weather should generally not have too much of an imact on the heat of the water. In South Africa the weather is usually sunny and it is warm most days. On days when it is raining and there is no sun, especally if it is for a few days at a time, electricity will have to be used to keep the water at the preferred temperature.

General upkeep of the solar water heating system

Solar panels for the solar geyser or water heating system require little to no maintenance. The main things that are required is that the solar panel is cleaned intermittently.Pipes and connections are made to resist the onslaught of the sun, so nothing more than the general inspection once or twice a year to keep your solar water heating system working optimally for many years.

What type of maintenance can you expect to do

  • Piping and joins in the pipes are best checked routinely in order to make sure all the joins and connections are still intact.
  • Panels which collect the suns energy need to be cleaned. Debris and dust can cause them to lose efficacy.
  • Manage the shade over the panels. Shade dilutes the suns rays so it is important to remove any plant growth and tree branches which could prevent the solar panel from gathering the suns rays effectively.
  • If you live in an area that is prone to heavy eather it is prudent to check panels for chips and cracks as soon after the storm passes as possible.


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