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    IronKneebone's Avatar
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    Apr 2013
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    Used Solar Panels - Yay or Nay

    So I've seen used Solar Panels for sale, and the prices are all over the board. I'd like to get some input on used Solar Pool Panels.
    I found some Heliocol 12 x 4 and I can get 9 of them for $50 each ($450.00) Total. But the dates are 1997 and they come with no mounting hardware
    I found some 10 x 4 Fafco panels that are 7 years old, appear to be in excellent condition, and can get 7 of them for $850.00 total...with all connectors

    Is buying used panels an issue?
    Should I bite the bullet and buy new?

    I'm going to install these if that helps.

    I'm just finding it difficult to find New Quality Panels for sale online. If anyone has a link or company that they can recommend, that would be great as well.

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    Re: Used Solar Panels - Yay or Nay

    I used Shipped to my door, 10 year warranty. New AquaTherm panels
    Southern New Hampshire, 18x36 single roman end pool.

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    Re: Used Solar Panels - Yay or Nay

    We have quite a few folks who have installed used panels and been happy with them. I installed new panels purchased from Solar Direct
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    Sacramento, CA

    Re: Used Solar Panels - Yay or Nay

    As Danny states above there are some folks on here who have installed used panels and not had a problem. They are somewhat of a crapshoot but priced right you can control that risk.
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    Martinez, CA

    Re: Used Solar Panels - Yay or Nay

    Here's my experience:

    I built a new system using vortex solar direct panels in 2006 from solardirect. Have had panel leaks intermittently over the last few years as the panels have aged. These panels are inexpensive compared to other brands but almost impossible to repair. Eventually, I was at a point of replacing them with something new or used as repairs became harder and harder to do successfully.

    There are lots of people in california are putting electrical solar since utility costs are very high here. The results in used panels being available on craigslist pretty cheap when the roof space is changed from solar to electrical panels. I found some 6 year old fafco panels for reasonable cost. Flipped them for the install and they look new. One that was given to me for free had a leaking tube. I bought a kit to plug the tube which is much easier than trying to plastic weld the vortech panels. They have been working great for a year now with zero issues.

    My advice:

    1. buy as new as possible. Most have 10 year warranty so buying panels that old is risking a short life. I'd probably pass and wait to find something newer.
    2. Use a panel that can be easily repaired if a leak appears. This will allow you to extend the life a few years over non repairable ones.
    3. Flip them over for installation to prevent continued UV exposure to the the side already sun baked.
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    Jacksonville, FL

    Re: Used Solar Panels - Yay or Nay

    I think you would be taking big risk. We opted to have them installed new with a 12 year warranty on the panels and 20 year transferrable warranty against leaks. Look at our solar install New Solar System Install
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