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Servicing a solar geyser system in Kuils River

Service a solar geyser system…yes or no?

This article is about a *natural flow solar geyser system with a flat panel (as in the picture) which we serviced recently.  The question is to: Service a solar geyser system…yes or no?

*natural flow = thermosiphon (it is where the geyser is located higher than the solar water panel and no pump is required to circulate the water between the geyser and the panel).

After a few years of working hard to harness the sun’s energy to heat your geyser water, various factors may play a role in the continued efficiency of your solar geyser system:

The environment and man may have an impact on the need for a service over time.

  • The sun/birds/squirrels may be working away at the *lagging around the water pipes on the roof;  * lagging is insulation material which limits heat loss.
  • We sometimes find that squirrels and/or rats enter the roof space and damage the Geyserwise controller wires and or lagging within the roof;
  • Dust and other material may collect on the surface of the panel(s) and impact on the absorbtion of the sun’s heat energy;
  • Another factor may be that repairs to the municipal water network may result in debris moving into your solar water panels and impact its efficiency;
  • Just after the installation, the new owners are usually very excited to experment with the different options on the timer and over time they forget and then the settings don’t really suit their needs anymore due to changed circumstances in their household;
  • Maintenance work at the house may result in someone stepping on parts of the solar geyser pipework or other parts and damage occurs;
  • Smaller parts (element, timer, pressure control valve, etc.) may be or become faulty, although we stick to trusted parts from reliable suppliers.

We find that the service requirements differ from area to area due to the weather and environmental differences.  We therefore propose a basic service for our existing clients in order to keep the expenses as low as possible.  If we find that e.g. the lagging need to be replaced, we then first discuss it with the client and get his/her approval to replace it.  The basic service has a fixed cost (if we have to travel quite a distance, we will then discuss additional fuel cost with the client beforehand).

This is a solar geyser system we installed almost 5 years ago.

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Solar geyser installation Somerset West

A new client contacted us to do a Solar geyser installation in Somerset West. This is in the Rome Glen area for a separate section of their house.  We also *serviced their existing solar geyser system. Our client indicated the exact positions where he wanted the solar panel and geyser to be installed.  He definitely did his homework to get the optimal benefit from the sun.

Solar geyser installation in Somerset West

Beautiful indigenous garden at our solar geyser installation site

Solar geyser installation Somerset West

Installation of a thermosiphon system

We installed this solar geyser system as a thermosiphon system.  A thermosyphon system is when the geyser is installed higher than the solar panel and therefore ensures natural water flow.  (The system doesn’t need a pump to circulate the hot water from the panel to the geyser).  A thermosiphon system requires the lowest maintenance of all the systems – we advise our clients to contact us after 4 to 5 years to service the system.

We definitely cherish the view from this indigenous garden in Rome Glen.

This family has an indigenous garden and all their household’s hot water needs are met by the installation of solar water heaters (geysers).  This combined action ensures low electricity consumption as well as low water consumption (indigenous gardens requires little extra water).  These actions ensures savings on both water and electricity bills.

Solar geyser installation in Somerset West

Our view during the solar geyser installation.

Solar geyser installation in Somerset West

Solar panel for solar water heating system

 

Solar geyser installation in Somerset West

Indigenous garden at solar geyser installation site

 *More about he service of an existing solar geyser system:

Our work includes:

  • Check if geyser and solar panel(s) are still working correctly.  If we find problems and it is still under guarantee, then the suppliers are contacted. If outside guarantee period, we’ll quote on repairs where possible;
  • Clean the surface of the solar panel (for more efficiency);
  • Flush the solar panel to drain possible build-up of mineral and other deposits;
  • Check and reseal where pipes enter the roof;
  • Check that the element is working correctly and that the timer is set correctly.
  • Explain the settings of the timer if needed (clients may want to alter the settings for winter and summer months or for when they have guests).

Work excludes: (can be included after discussion with solar geyser owner)

  • Replacement of lagging around the pipes (as you know lagging helps to prevent heat loss).  If the lagging needs to be replaced, we’ll contact you while on site and discuss.
  • Any extra work to be done (we’ll contact you when on site and discuss).

Time at your house:  60+ minutes

Cost:  Somerset West area: R750 (incl VAT) for 2016.

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us, kindly Click here

or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za

or call 083.384.3840

Our Service area:

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure.