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Thread: Need recomendation about solar during the winter

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    Long Beach, CA

    Need recomendation about solar during the winter

    I'm not interested in keeping the water warmer during the winter here in SoCal, but I'm interested in what you think about shutting off the solar panels during the winter. I do not close the pool and we use the spa 3-5 nights a week. My question is, will the panels stay in better shape if I run them year round rather than shutting them off in the winter? I have a 2-speed pump and it does prime the panels on low speed, but I don't think they get fully primed. I like to run on low speed during the winter months, but I could switch over and run on high speed for 3 hours or so if you think it would be best for my panels to run the solar. Thanks for your suggestions.
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    Re: Need recomendation about solar during the winter

    I don't run my panels during the winter. I don't see how there would be any benefit.
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    Re: Need recomendation about solar during the winter

    I also stop the flow to the solar panels in the winter and in fact open up my drains on the roof to ensure there is no water trapped in them for the rare times we get below freezing weather.

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