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Thread: Should Used Solar Panels (Fafco) Be Flipped Upon Reinstallation?

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    Should Used Solar Panels (Fafco) Be Flipped Upon Reinstallation?

    I bought some used Fafco Solar Panels off of Craigslist. You can tell which side was up due to the strap marks and difference in color from the sun vs the bottom side.

    Just wondering when I install should I keep the same side up or flip them so the newer looking side is up?

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    Re: Should Used Solar Panels (Fafco) Be Flipped Upon Reinstallation?

    Flipping them sounds like a good idea to me given UV exposure is probably the biggest enemy of panels.
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    Re: Should Used Solar Panels (Fafco) Be Flipped Upon Reinstallation?

    Yeah, I agree with that logic. Maybe I'll go flip mine in a few more years.
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    Re: Should Used Solar Panels (Fafco) Be Flipped Upon Reinstallation?

    Bringing up a old thread, however i am thinking about doing this. It's been three years on one side, might be time to flip. I cant see how it would hurt
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    Re: Should Used Solar Panels (Fafco) Be Flipped Upon Reinstallation?

    I have Helicols and flipping them would be a ridiculous amount of work because each tube is individually snapped into 3 or 4 cross members. I bet I would cause more damage trying to pull them all out and snap them back in than just leaving them alone.

    I did fire it up again this year and my 10 used panels have for the 3rd year I have had them had 0 leaks
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