How to Repair Your Solar Pool Heater
A solar pool heater can offer several benefits. If you take care of it properly, you will find that it can last for a long time. Unfortunately, no matter how well you take care of heaters you will find that they are prone to damage because of all of the elements that they are exposed to on a daily basis. That is why it is a good idea to attempt to learn how to fix it yourself so that you will be able to save on repair bills.
Step 1 – Inspections
The first thing that you will need to do is to inspect your pool heater. Dirt and debris will build up over time and this could cause problems with the heater. This is a good thing for you to do whenever you are completing your usual maintenance. Whenever the dirt and the dust begins to collect you will need to get some soapy warm water and clean the collector out carefully.
Step 2 – Check for Shading
You will need to check the general area and see if there are any nearby objects that are causing shading. If it is possible you will need to attempt to move the objects so that you will be able to get as much sun in the area as possible. If you are unable to move the objects that are causing the shade you will need to look into actually moving the heater itself.
Step 3 – Check Plumbing
The plumbing could be weak around the system. It is a good idea for you to check the joints and make sure that they do not have any leaks and are secured tightly. Also complete an inspection of the insulation, as well as the ductwork, to make sure that they are also in good working order.
Step 4 – Antifreeze Levels
Check the antifreeze levels. Your manual will be able to tell you what the correct levels should be. The manual will also be able to tell you how you will need to go about putting in the antifreeze. This is only something that you will need to worry about if you have a liquid-based solar heating unit.
Step 5 – Maintenance
It is always a good idea to do regular maintenance on your solar pool heater. You will find that this is a good way to spot any problems early on so that they will not become bigger problems later. Usually, regular maintenance consists of checking the heater in the beginning of pool season, the middle of it, and then the end.
Step 6 – When to Call for Help
If you have checked all of the aforementioned possible problems and are still having issues it may be a good idea for you to call a professional.