There is an analogy one might use as an introduction to troubleshooting solar systems: wires are to PV systems as pipes are to thermal systems. This implies that, aside from the occasional need to clean panel glazing, if you find something wrong with your solar system, it will likely have to do with pipes or wires. Fortunately for homeowners, in addition to being cheaper up front, solar thermal systems are easier to service yourself. There is no inherent need to worry about electrocution.
Maintenance and servicing of solar thermal systems typically involves three chores: checking the aforementioned piping and pumps for leaks, keeping the panels clean and shade-free, and inspecting the transfer fluid for freeze protection. (more…)
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