Solar Hot Water FAQ’s
Water heated by the sun in a solar water heating system can reach temperatures exceeding 212°F, although the normal temperature for household use is approximately 120 – 130°F
Yes. There are active and passive type solar water heating systems. Active systems have mechanical or moving parts that are used to move the heat where as passive systems do not require electricity to operate.
Sediment or hard water can cause mineral build up on the heat exchanger. Many off the shelf descaling products can be used to dissolve this build up if it becomes necessary.
Our Systems are installed in such a way that we can easily remove them and later reinstall them at a fraction of the original cost of the system.
Missouri Solar Applications water heating system works in conjunction with your existing gas or electric water heater. In some instances an additional storage tank is added but varies based on each individual situation. Since your original water heater will operate far less frequently, solar will extend its life significantly.
Our water heating equipment has a 10 year warranty from the manufacturer. When installed properly most systems, including all parts, can last up to 30 years.
Missouri Solar Applications Systems are the highest rated solar water heating systems in the market. In spite of this, they are priced very competitively with less effective solar systems. Once installed our solar hot water systems can save you over 75 percent on your hot water heating costs.
Yes. Because of the proximity between the hot water tank and the solar collector, solar panels are mounted on the roof. We can assist you in selecting the appropriate location during our initial consultation visit.
Missouri Solar Applications water heating panels should be installed in areas where they get significant shade-free sun every day. Even small amounts of shade can very significantly reduce the output. Our designs and installations also seek to minimize the impact of any shade issues through selection of the proper equipment and good engineering. We can assist you in selecting the appropriate location during our initial consultation visit.
Most of our customers do not clean their solar panels. In most areas of the country, there is sufficient rain to clean the panels. However, if you are in a dusty area (very near a busy dirt road, very urban area, etc.) you may see a performance gain from cleaning the panels monthly. If necessary, a hose stream is usually sufficient for cleaning. Do not walk on or over the panels to clean them. Do not use metal, hard, or abrasive methods for cleaning. Do not spray water on the panels when they are very hot.
Yes, Absolutely. We have installed solar water heating systems in various retail buildings, hotels, schools, and other community or commercial facilities. Anywhere there is a water heater, solar water heating can be used and installed.
Energy conservation and renewable generation adds value to a home. Surveys have shown that for every $1,000.00 saved per year, $20,000.00 is added to a home’s value. Solar energy can be one of the best home improvement investments you make.
Typical residential systems take 1 day to install. Additional time may be required depending on your current water heating configuration.
Yes. Missouri Solar Applications professional staff can repair and fix solar systems of all types.