Solar Hot Water Repair
A solar hot water system may be right for certain applications in homes or businesses. Sundance Power Systems has years of experience in designing and installing solar hot water systems and are the local experts for solar water heater repair and maintenance. Solar water heater maintenance is crucial and the Sundance service team are experienced in how to keep your system working at an optimal level. Sundance Power is the go-to source for solar water heater repair. Each solar hot water system has key elements that require regular maintenance. Solar collectors, storage tanks, circulating pump, heat exchanger- there are a lot of elements to every solar water heater system!
ADVANTAGES OF SOLAR WATER HEATING
Solar hot water can be the least expensive renewable energy technology for homes or businesses with high hot water demand. With a system life expectancy of over 30 years, a solar thermal system pays for itself many times over in energy savings. Learn about financing and incentives for renewable energy.
A solar water heater can provide a large percentage – up to 80% or more – of a household’s yearly hot water demand depending upon local climate conditions and the size of the system.
A typical solar water heating system in a home will, over its lifetime, displace up to 71.5 tons of CO2 if replacing an electric system, and up to 10.5 tons of CO2 if replacing a natural gas system. Larger commercial and industrial installations will displace significantly greater quantities of greenhouse gases.
Solar thermal technology is the oldest and most commonly used renewable resource worldwide. A solar hot water system can run for 30 years or more. Solar collectors typically carry a 10-year warranty.
Solar water heating systems are versatile. They can be integrated with domestic hot water systems. They can also be used for space heating (including radiant floor heating and forced air systems). They can also heat hot tubs and swimming pools.
HOW DOES A SOLAR WATER HEATER WORK?
A solar thermal system works by capturing heat from the sun and using to it to heat water, floors, or interior spaces. This diagram shows how a solar water heater works. First, thermal collectors trap heat from the sun and conduct it to a water-based solution in copper tubing. This heated fluid is pumped to a solar storage tank, where it heats the water in the tank through a heat exchanger.
A SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR YOU
A well-designed solar thermal system will provide years of reliable service, will save substantial energy costs from electricity, natural gas or propane, and will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. Sundance uses our own 5-Step Design Process to ensure your satisfaction over the lifetime of your solar thermal system.
Solar Thermal for Hot Water and Space Heating
Solar thermal systems use thermal collectors to convert the energy in sunlight into heat for hot water and space heating. Sundance’s service area receives abundant sunshine throughout the year, which makes solar thermal an excellent renewable energy choice for:
- Residential hot water
- Space heating and radiant floor heating
- Commercial and municipal hot water
- Industrial process hot water
- Developers of sustainable community projects and homes
- Hot tubs and swimming pools
How a Solar Hot Water Heater Works
Your solar thermal system will be designed to fit your home or business, saving you money as it captures heat from the sun for hot water, radiant floor heating, or space heating.
THERMAL COLLECTORS TRAP HEAT FROM THE SUN
When sunlight strikes any surface, its light energy is converted directly into heat. Components known as ‘thermal collectors’ or ‘solar collectors’ are specifically designed to maximize the conversion and transfer of heat captured from sunlight. Most collectors are constructed with a transparent glazing that permits sunlight to pass into the collector but blocks the escape of captured heat back out (collectors for heating swimming pools do not require glazing).
SOLAR HEATED WATER IS PUMPED TO A STORAGE TANK
Beneath the glazing is a system of piping, usually made out of copper, that transfers the captured heat to a solution of water and antifreeze which is then circulated into a storage tank. This fluid can also be circulated through tubes below your floors for radiant floor heating or to a forced air heating system.
TEMPERATURE SENSORS CONTROL CIRCULATION
Temperature sensors on the collector and in the storage tank are analyzed by a control that determines when there is enough heat gained in the collector to transfer to the tank.. An activated pump then circulates the fluid through a heat exchanger in the tan. In this closed loop system, the glycol solution stays isolated from the potable water in the tank. The cooled fluid returns to the collectors for additional heating.
YOUR SOLAR HEATED WATER IS READY TO USE!
Water in the solar storage tank is then ready for domestic use, resulting in less electricity or gas being used to meet the hot water needs of your home or business.