Solar Pool Heating – How to Use Your System From Florida Solar Design Group in Fort Myers, FL


Thank you for choosing a solar pool heating system from Florida solar design group in this video will show you how to operate your pool heater and How easy it is to enjoy a warmer pool without the additional cost of electricity or gas We call this our solar 101 class Your solar pool heater is a simple system. That should give you many years of trouble and maintenance-free enjoyment How solar pool heating works Your pool pump sends water from your pool to the solar panels where the water is heated by the Sun Heated water returns to your pool through the exiting Jets It’s a simple yet effective process our solar panels are manufactured using materials and processes that resist harmful effects from the Sun while maximizing heat transfer Keep in mind that it’s a weather dependent technology. So your pool will only be heated when the weather conditions Allow it. The amount of heating depends on how much Sun is available Your pool will gain heat slowly so don’t expect to feel very warm water coming out of the Jets a Little bit of heat gain and a lot of water flow promotes better overall heating The good news is that once heated pools act like a battery and store heat overnight So the solar panels only needs to recover lost heat to the next day Using a pool cover amplifies your pool heating performance, but it’s not required we find that most clients don’t want the hassle of a pool cover and You will have a positive experience whether you use one or not Your valves We have installed a valve manifold similar to the one shown here it consists of a feed line check valve a solar bypass valve a solar isolation valve and a return line check valve Your valves maybe reverse left to right so take a moment to determine if your bypass valve is located on the left or right We standardized and pre build our valve manifolds to make them easy to explain ensure high quality Control and reduce installation times in some cases your valve manifold may be custom-built due to space constraints or other factors However, you should have all of the same four valves fulfilling the same functions. We’ll go over the valves and the order water passes through The first valve is the feed line check valve This allows water to flow only one direction in this case water leaves your filter and goes up the wall toward the solar panels This check valve is installed So that solar panels do not drain backward through your filter when your pump turns off which could force filter debris back into your pool The next valve is your solar bypass valve. This is the most important valve in your system it is a 3-way valve that either allows water up to the solar panels or Bypasses the panels and sends water straight back to your pool Your valve may be manually operated or may be automated with a motorized actuator Never attempt to turn an automated valve manually or you may damage the mechanism will discuss manual valves first The off tab always points to the pipe that is blocked in this position The valve is blocking the pipe leading up to the roof So the solar panels are off and water is sent straight back to the pool When turn to 90 degrees the bypass pipe is blocked and water is forced up to the roof in this position The solar panels are on Turning your system on and off is as simple as turning this valve 90 degrees to the proper position Just remember that the off tab always points to the pipe that is blocked The next valve is the solar isolation valve This valve is present for service purposes only It positively stops water from going up to the solar panels. It should only be closed If you’re certain that the solar bypass valve is in the solar off position the reason this valve is present is That the solar bypass valve has a small hole in it that allows water to drain back to the pool every night It is necessary to have an isolation valve to provide a way to Positively turn off your solar panels if there is ever a service issue Finally we have installed another check valve on the solar return line This valve ensures that water does not go backward up the return pipe when solar is off and bypassed It keeps solar panels empty when not in use and allow solar panels to be serviced if necessary You can turn your solar panels on and off as desired Depending on whether you want to heat your pool if you know poor weather conditions are coming You can turn your solar panels off to avoid cooling your pool Which could happen in some circumstances? Most people with manual valves just leave their solar panels on all the time for convenience Until the time of year comes where the pool gets too warm If you have a solar controller, this function is handled for you with digital temperature control Solar controllers There are many solar controllers on the market They all work on the same principle if your desired temperature is warmer than the pool and there is enough Sun to heat the pool The solar controller will automatically turn on the solar valve If your pool is reached to your desired setpoint temperature Or if the pool panels are not warm enough to heat the pool. The solar controller will turn off your solar valve This adds convenience and optimizes solar heating performance Your solar controller uses a motorized actuator to turn your solar valve the actuator bolts on to the same manual valve used in every valve manifold we install For purposes of this video we’re showing you the Buller touch One of the most popular economical and feature-rich solar controllers on the market We recommend it for its simplicity and integrated control of most modern variable-speed pool pumps The principles are the same for all controllers So if you have a different brand or model try to follow along you Can refer to your new or existing controller manual for more information if you didn’t have a controller installed this video might change your mind We can always add one to your system later the controller measures your pool temperature Any time your pump is on It compares the temperature to your desired set point if the setpoint is greater than the pool temperature The controller will attempt to heat your pool You can adjust your desired temperature up and down just like a thermostat When you increase the setpoint above the pool temperature, the solar panels will turn on as long as there is enough Sun on the roof when the solar turns on your bypass valve will automatically turn to the solar on position if you have a new or existing Variable speed pump. It may also change speeds to optimize solar heating performance while maximizing energy savings Due to the variety of controller and variable speed pump combinations your solar controller may or may not control your pump If you have an older single speed pump, your solar controller will not control your pump Your pump timer will be set to run when solar energy is most likely to be present on This controller you can check the current solar temperature by pressing the enter button This will tell you if the solar panels are warm enough to heat your pool It must be several degrees warmer on the roof than your pool to get effective pool heating To turn your solar panels off simply reduce the setpoint temperature Consult the manual of operation for your previously installed controller if we have connected to it That’s all there is to it Solar controllers are the simple way to control and optimize your solar pool heating experience Startup When your solar panels first turn on all of the air and the system is purged out by pushing it back to the pool You will get large air bubbles coming out of your pool jets This lasts up to about two minutes and is completely normal Once all air is purged from the system the bubbles will stop You may occasionally see small champagne bubbles coming from the pool Jets during operation A small amount of bubbles is okay. If you have lots of small bubbles that could indicate a problem We’ll cover that later when we talk about your pool filter Shut down When your pool pumps shut off for the day all of the water in the solar panels and plumbing drains back down to the pool Air is admitted into the system through a vacuum relief valve on the roof Sometimes you may hear air hissing from the valve when it opens and you may hear gurgling as air replaces water in the pipes This is normal If your solar pool is automated with controller It may shut down and start up several times a day each time the system starts back up You may see bubbles in the pool for a minute or so Maintenance Solar pool heaters are designed to be maintenance-free for many years. There is no regular maintenance required However, there are a few things you should know The number one service issue reported is small bubbles coming from the pool Jets. This does not indicate a water leak Bubbles may be caused by an air suction leak on your pool pump, which is not related to the solar panels Dried out pump lid gaskets and faulty suction plumbing, our common sources of air leaks However over nine times out of ten bubbles in the pool during normal solar operation are due to a dirty pool filter Again, this is not related to the solar panels Nonetheless, it may cause an annoyance when your solar panels are off or reduce your solar panel performance The solution is simple clean your filter regularly and thoroughly everybody likes to think that their pool service does a good job and most do but cartridge filters are clogged and eventually need replacement and Often filters do not get adequate attention because it’s a time-consuming and sometimes difficult process One test you can do is to remove the cartridge and replace the lid then run your system and see if the bubbles go away if so, you need to clean or replace your filter a dirty filter increases pressure on the pump and restricts flow This reduced flow results in less pressure in the solar panels Which causes the vacuum relief valve to open admitting air into the system solar panels rely on a good flow rate for top performance Keeping your pool filter. Clean is a good idea. Anyway, but becomes more important now that you have a solar pool heater Leaks are rare during your solar panels twelve year manufacturer’s warranty, but they can’t happen Solar panels are rugged but also exist in a very challenging environment Leaks can be caused by physical damage rodents manufacturing defects or other reasons The good news is that most leaks are easy to repair by a qualified technician and only impact one tiny tube out of hundreds You may have a leak if you notice water coming out of your gutter downspout First double check that water is not coming from condensation which naturally occurs, especially when we have cool nights If dripping water stops later in the day, you’re probably just experiencing condensation and no action is required If you have a leak turn off your solar valve manually with your controller and close the isolation valve If you don’t know what to do, you can always just turn your pool pump off This will stop water from running through the solar panels then call us for further assistance No other regular maintenance is necessary solar panels are a simple and reliable way to heat your pool Seasonal residents if you’re one of our seasonal clients or leave on an extended vacation We recommend that you turn off your solar pool heater and positively isolate it to do this first turn off your pool pump Next turn your solar valve to the off position Allow the solar panels to drain for at least two hours Then use her isolation valve to positively isolate your system If you have a solar controller, make sure it will not come on while you’re away You can do this by turning the setpoint temperature all the way down When you return simply open your isolation valve and return to normal operation Once again, thank you. We’re always there for you if you need us keep a link to this video for future reference, but feel free to call if you need assistance the Relationships we establish with our clients are very important to us your neighbor family and friend referrals are greatly appreciated and Your five star review online helps us find our next happy client If there’s anything we can do to improve your experience, do not hesitate to contact us Enjoy your solar heated pool and keep in touch Thanks again for your business and your support of our mission to bring practical solar energy solutions to Florida pool owners

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