solar heater

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    recommend a solar pool heater for my sister in New Jersey

    had to resurrect my old TFP account to ask a question on behalf of my sister she has a 30,000 gallon pool in New Jersey. 16'x44' (700 sq ft surface area) Pool gets full sun exposure for most of the day and in fact overheats a bit by the heat of July & August She is looking to get 5-10 degrees...
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    Help with operating my solar heater

    Hello, I have a new pool, it is about 240 square feet. I have 200 safest of solar and a pentair variable pump. What gpm should I set the solar to. What gpm would you recommend for the gas heater? Today is 71 degrees and the solar has been only adding 1 or two degrees at 20 gpm after running...
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    Please help me pick a pool heater setup (solar heater + ?)

    I have an old unheated pool in the coastal area of San Diego. I'm planning to add heating, but have to decide what type of heater is most cost-effective. Pool size is about 15,000 gallons and there is no spa. Temperature runs between 50-75 deg throughout the year and humidity averages around...
  4. Tcadwall0

    Solar Heater in Charlotte NC?

    Hey guys - I did do some searches, but found rather old threads, also didn't see anyone with experience in my climate region. (Charlotte, NC) When I did the pool install last year, I was not sure about what the temperature of my pool was going to average, and whether I might want a heater /...
  5. O

    Fafco solar bear vs papa bear

    Hi all, I am looking to add solar heating to my pool and I was looking at the Fafco products specifically. There are two options: solar bear and papa bear. What are the differences? As far as I can see, the solar bear is 20x4 ft, while the papa bear js 24x4 ft. But the weird thing is the papa...
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    Solar Heater on, low water level pump

    Hello all, hoping to get some advice. First time pool owner and bought house with it. Put solar pool heating panels on this winter. Just started them up today to test and am concerned because water level in pool pump drops when the solar heating turns on. It’s still up to almost top of basket...
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    Irrigation tubing solar heater

    I know this is heavily debated around here with the usual consensus that professional solar panels give you more bang for the buck but that isn't what I'm seeing now that prices are skyrocketing. Cheapest panels I see on ebay are $130 for 2'x20'. There is only one company offering that price...
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    Connecting DIY Solar Water Heater to In-Ground Pool Filtration System

    I'm considering building one of those DIY solar heaters using the 1/2" black irrigation piping. As an FYI..... I currently have the solar blanket which works very good; however, it typically only lasts about 1 year before all of those triangular bubbles start breaking apart and I have to clean...
  9. matthewsunshineflorida

    250+ Degrees Solar Sensor At Night? Global Warming Is Getting Serious...

    This appears to only happen in unusually cold weather for Tampa, but the solar sensor I installed with our new panels is giving out impossibly high readings at night and early morning - whenever the air temperature goes below 50-55 degrees. It's quite accurate during the day (as tested by a...
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    Advice on fastening solar heater to a new roof

    Hi. I have a couple of solar heaters that in total cover about 6x12 feet on the roof of my workshop. I have it all plumbed nicely to transport water between the pool filter and the roof, with most of the pipes nicely hidden under my deck. It has been working great for many years. It heats the...
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    Pump for DIY solar heater

    Hi all, New here. Have seen a lot of information about making a solar heater from irrigation tubing. I'm going to use a 4x8 piece of plywood With 2 Coils of irrigation tubing approximately 4 feet in diameter, next to each other on the plywood which will all be painted black. From everything...
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    Solar Retrofit

    Hello, I am thinking to add solar heaters to our pool. The equipment pad and the wall where the pipes would raise are not too distant but also not adjacent, and I want to plan it carefully. My first question is: I have a SWG right after the filter. Can the SWG stay "before" the solar heaters or...
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    leaky connection to solar heater

    Bought SunHeater S120U Universal Solar Pool Heater 2 by 20-Feet last year, used to extend my season BUT I never achieved a leak free connection to 1.5” vacuum hose. Tried flex seal tape, as well as various connectors. Want to start this spring off right with a worry free connection. Pics...