Don't think that 10 years use has saved us much & now needs replacing
We run the booster for the winter months or we'd waste too much water waiting for the warmth. After 10 yrs its nearly dead, the anode is stuck and the tank lining is disintegrating and clogging the pipes.
solahart hot warer system
I have had two solahart hot water in last thirty years first lasted twenty years the last one just over 10 years I would not advise fitting one any where south of the divide as you go further north would be better as south of divide not enough sun they use electricity at least 60% of the time and the last one started leaking water and was going to cost $4000 just to replace the tank besides having to replace thermostat 3 times have now fitted 60c gas continuous flow only cost $750 now I have perfect hot water all the time
Solarhart hot water system
This system is useless in winter - 2 short showers & a load of washing and the water is only lukewarm for the rest of the day. In summer there is no problem (we live in hot summers, cold winters). Plumbers have advised us that in winter the system needs to be turned on to day rate, which is high peak costs. The only alternative is to have a gas booster installed. We are installing a gas hot water system as it will be more economical.
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Beware of solahart hot water heaters not lasting
We had a roof solar hot water installed in about 2012 by solahart. After the instillation we found the hot water was not very hot (the booster is on 24/7) after 6 years the water heater started to leak from the tank. Solahart would not give any warranty so we spent over $2000 on a new tank
I do not recommend solahart
Rheem/Solarheart/Solar Edwards No Difference
Rheem/Solarheart/Solar Edwards systems are all owned by the same mob now. If you check out the reviews for all of the different 300L roof mounted models they provide there is definitely an overwhelming similarity in the reviews submitted.
Brought my first Solarheart in 1982. What a beaut, lasted 22 years with no problems just had to change out the anode every few years. House has been rented out since 1993. Replace that one with another Solarheart, why wouldn't you after such a terrific run with the previous one, but unfortunately that one onl...
Poor service from Solahart & the local service agent.
We had a 300L roof system with 3 panels (3 for 2 deal) in 2001. Not long after we found that the water boiled when the daytime temp was 28 deg or more. Contacted Solahart for a remedy. There was, cover some of the panels, really. We did this each summer for a few years. I discovered that Solahart had a draw off device to stop this problem, so $500 later it cured the problem. Why didn't Solahart contact us to offer this? Why, because they have a flog'em & forget service policy. Earlier this year it stopped heating water during the day so I conta...cted the closest service agent being McDonald O'Brien in Wangaratta. I was told it needed a valve, so they replaced it. No change, another visit, can't find anything wrong. So another trip to discover that one panel was leaking so it needs a new one. None on hand so ordered. When this was being installed there seemed to me to be an excessive amount of banging & crashing to get it into the frame. Eventually it was in. Next day, no change so back they come. Mate, there is another one leaking. No kidding, who'd have thought that the grievous bodily harm metered out installing the first panel would not have had an adverse result on the others. But no, the plumbers weren't to blame, really. So the decision was made to replace the 3rd one which was in the middle. Recently we had material blocking a mixer tap. This was the dip tube breaking down. So another call to McDonald O'Brien only to be told they don't have dip tubes. I knew they did. Wouldn't you know it, the boss came back to say they don't have 1 but 2. Again none on hand. So yesterday these two boys replaced them. Early evening, ran the hot water, no water. These idiots had not bled the tank of air so the boost had been ineffective. Why doesn't Solahart have agents that know the product & how to fix them. Crap service all round. When the tank blows up we will ditch solar hot water & go back to gas.
Substandard Product, substandard customer sevice
Paid almost double the average price for a Solahart system thinking "you get what you pay for", how wrong was I, here I am looking at my second Christmas in three years with no hot water, now been fobbed off three times this time. Think I might start legal proceedings against them as it's still under warrenty and I've had enough. Solahart Midland, W.A. you suck, buyer beware.
Hot water when it works
bad warranty service, breaks down on an annual basis.
beware of maintenance and spare parts costs
had 300JD-JK 300 litres system installed 16/01/1988. with electric booster. had problems with coolant seals. had to replace the coolant 3 times.system was boiling way to much in summer and dumping non stop.had a by-pass installed at the back of the tank. marginal improvement. last time that the coolant seals blew, the maintenance mechanic/plumber had problems trying to remove a bottom plug to refill the coolant, it seemed frozen, took his biggest wrench and managed to rotate the tube inside the panel, breaking the solder joints. he then went 'o...h well' looks like you need another panel ' and left. the boss came over and offered a second-hand panel for $1000 plus installation plus crane hire. I told him to stick his Solahart where it would collect the most sunshine. I have been using the electric booster exclusively for the last 5-6 years. since i now receive electricity rebates on my bill being a pensioner and can not get installation rebates because i would be replacing solar by solar (even that it does not work!), I can not amortice the cost of a new system before i get interred. I will just replace the sacrificial element from time to time and the 'saving the planet' bit and solahart can go to hell. Shame really, I was one of the first users of solahart in Whyalla around 1975 and even there i had a problem when the glass of both panels shattered in mid-summer when a tiny cloud dumped a short shower on them. I did complain to solahart direct, but never received any answer at all. That should put a flea in the ear of any prospective customer. If you do get one, make sure you never buy a closed loop system, coolant cost is exorbitant. install and forget who knows? bad iinstallation, bad parts, insufficient knowhow by local plumbers
Questions & Answers
Hi, I was reading through the owner’s manual and was puzzled why the working pressure of the L collector was 1400kPa and the test pressure was 300kpa/45psi. Should it be 3000kPa?
How much does it cost to replace the anode also the hot water release valve
how much is it to buy a heating booster element for a 300LJ system?
i assume they are about 3.6kW?
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