A solar pool heating system heats your home’s swimming pool using the sun’s free energy. A solar heater is an essential addition to your home if you hail from an area that gets even a bit chilly during the winter months. These products will keep the temperature of the pool water comfortable throughout the year and ensure that you get the most out of your solar pool. Made of the controller, pump, filter and PVC pipes, solar pool heating systems are durable and require very little maintenance. However, if there is a breakdown, here are some maintenance tips to ensure optimum performance.
Try a Few Easy Fixes before Calling a Technician
If your pool heater stops functioning, you may want to check the system yourself before calling a technician. What should you do if the device is not lighting at all? Start by examining the switch and the gas valve. If both of these components are in an up and running condition, check whether the supply valves are open. Closed filter or plumbing valves may result in the malfunctioning of your pool heater. It is also important to inspect the filter. If you find that the filter has collected debris or dirt, clean the filter immediately. Clearing the debris will ignite your pool heater. Perform all inspections carefully to avoid damage to your solar heater or to yourself.
Best Practices to Maintain Your Pool Heater
Do you want your solar heater to function throughout the year? If you are going on a long vacation or during the sultry summer months, make sure you switch the heater off to make it last longer. During vacations or summer time, use a pool cover or solar blanket to trap the energy from the sun into your home swimming pool, to heat the water in a simple and cost-effective manner. It is also important not to turn the device to its maximum setting. It exerts too much pressure on your pool heater. Most homeowners make the mistake of turning it to its maximum setting to heat the pool water faster. However, the rate of heating is the same whether the device is at a normal or maximum setting.
Smart Ways to Operate the System for Better Results
Besides periodic maintenance, there are some smart ways to handle your pool heaters. They are:
- Install your pool heating panels away from strong wind
- Put the collector panel in a place where it gets maximum exposure to the sun, especially when the pool pump is working.
- If the solar collector panel is installed on your rooftop, try to lessen the resistance to water flow
- Operate your swimming pool pump when the sun shines bright and clear. This will give you best results. Using it longer will generate more heat in the pool.
- If you are using more than one solar collector panel, connect all of them in a parallel line.
Maintaining your solar pool heating system will ensure its optimum performance. Make sure, only certified technicians and not amateurs install them.