pool solar heater -Solar Pool Heater (DIY)

January 15, 2015 – 6:21 am

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  1. 23 Responses to “pool solar heater -Solar Pool Heater (DIY)”

  2. Yes after looking at your system once more, simply rotating your boxes 90
    degrees counter clockwise, buying some “Tee’s” and installing a poly header
    line at the top and bot would be great, as well MAKE sure the cold water in
    goes’ to the header at ground level and the hot header is at the top. As
    has been stated you will get much more HOTTER water doing this as the flow
    rate through the coils is GREATLY reduced, increasing dwell time to collect
    more BTU’s, you are (as has been stated) getting zero return from at least
    your last 1 or 2 coils, AND go online and Google “Solar Collector Latitude”
    there you will see dozens of sites that will tell you the correct angle to
    the sun, by you simply imputing your city, but remember as it will tell
    you, you “Maximize the solar production for the time of year (Season) you
    want it, this is then the angle you use, to much heat, lay them flatter,
    not enough more angle to the sun, based on the chart from the web for your
    area, with your system, it would be easy to use concrete blocks to change
    angle by season, or use posts and a hanger of sorts. Good Luck !

    By Dirk on Jan 15, 2015

  3. Electrical power in your pool? bad idea…very dangerous. I have seen
    several of these pumps used in water systems where, with time, they start
    leaking electricity into to cistern. Use a out of water pump with just the
    hose being in the water.

    By OV1Guy on Jan 15, 2015

  4. I see some issues here, 1) angle to the sun, unless you are at the Tropic
    of Cancer, it’s wrong, 2) the header system as has been suggested 3) the
    “Gloss Grey” paint, should be flat black 4) the poly pipe is glossy in the
    sun, should be sanded with it wrapped with emery cloth, to de-gloss OR wipe
    with acetone on a rag 5) you need a “Low Iron” glass cover, this allows the
    radiation in, but little out. This glass you can not see through like
    window glass, plexi as you propose will reflect the light back, and
    scratches easily, then NOT allowing light through 6) a VERY low cost 12V
    PV Circ Pump plus a 20 watt 12 Volt PV Panel Both together @$100 bucks
    would give you the same flow rate and be zero utility cost ! 7) make SURE
    the pump you have now in the pool is on a high quality GFCI Recep, at least
    10 feet from the pool edge 8) the hot return line should be 180 degrees
    opposite the pump out AT THE FLOOR OF THE POOL, these corrections will
    greatly increase your output of hot solar water.

    By Dirk on Jan 15, 2015

  5. this is way too cool!! I must try this at home.. ohh I cant wait to dip on
    those warm pool water…

    By energysavemoneytips on Jan 15, 2015

  6. Great looking solar panels. However you could make them more efficient by
    plumbing them in parallel instead of in series the way they are. Have one
    header pipe from the pump feeding all four panels and then they merge back
    into a header pipe to go back to the pool. That way the water would go
    slower through the panels and pickup more heat. That also allows you to
    push more water through the system and raise the pool water temp faster.
    The most efficient system pushes the most water you can while only raising
    it a few degrees. believe it or not.
    skeeter

    By Skeeterca1 on Jan 15, 2015

  7. Yes cover the pipes with perspex will create a “green house” and make it
    ALOT hotter :) 

    By Paul Smith on Jan 15, 2015

  8. ingenious. wish you were my neighbor

    By Wes Ramadan on Jan 15, 2015

  9. Nice job and I have a couple questions and suggestions…How long does it
    take to raise your pool temp – say 10 degrees? I’d be curious to see if
    your performance increased by covering the collectors with clear glass or
    plexiglass.

    By Patrick Walker on Jan 15, 2015

  10. looks awesome. just a suggestion… switch your feeder and return. The
    heated water should have the shortest distance to the pool. I think you
    are loosing temp as it travel along the ground back to you pool.

    By Matt Bartlett on Jan 15, 2015

  11. Nice job. But your collectors will work more efficient if they are not
    plumbed in series. You are heating more heated water by the time the water
    reaches the end. That’s if you seeing any heat gain at the end of the 3rd
    or 4th collector at all.
    Again nice job.

    By Richard Turner on Jan 15, 2015

  12. If you extend your return hose to the bottom of the pool it will heat up
    quicker as the heat rises. 

    By Philip Murray on Jan 15, 2015

  13. Overkill! One would have been fine…

    By garcd4 on Jan 15, 2015

  14. really nice! very clean and professional work!

    By Neal Silva on Jan 15, 2015

  15. By John Paul on Jan 15, 2015

  16. Nice

    By john ouellette on Jan 15, 2015

  17. Let Tong Po punish you, all the rounds.

    By Al Florida on Jan 15, 2015

  18. Powerstrip Solar Pool Heater Operation and Plumbi…:
    http://youtu.be/TYHt_2T_Chs

    By Rene Guerrero Berrios on Jan 15, 2015

  19. Hello! This video was helpful!! now i have a new answer. Which controller
    are you using?? Thank you very much!

    By Juan Pablo Yeverino Morales on Jan 15, 2015

  20. If you send too much flow you add pressure unnecessarily. Its not possible
    to send too little flow. Its true you want high flow for efficient
    operation but what is high flow? High flow for solar is low flow for the
    average pool with an oversized pool pump. Just feel the collectors to make
    sure there are no hot spots. That’s efficient. Sens so much flow you add
    load to the pool pump and you just add load and electricity cost and you
    pressurize the solar panels.

    By h2otsun on Jan 15, 2015

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    By starks steven l on Jan 15, 2015

  22. First – Why the secondary bypass at the bottom? Isn’t the “solar on Solar
    off” valve at the top a bypass valve? Why wouldn’t you just turn this to
    solar off and proceed with your winterizing? Second: Assuming the need for
    the lower bypass valve based on my first question. I think the narrator
    said “leave the bypass valve open as much as you can”. Isn’t the idea to
    run as much water through the solar panel as possible? If you bypass too
    much then don’t you lose efficiency? Thanks

    By waltekinc on Jan 15, 2015

  23. why do you have a 3 way valve on there with the 2 ball valves?

    By Suicidaljello on Jan 15, 2015

  24. good vid but two of those ball valves are useless

    By Young Moula on Jan 15, 2015

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