great after sales service
We have a 300L system for house of 3 and it works really well. We have had the system fir two years and have had a couple of call outs to sort out a dodgy thermostat.
The thermostat was replaced under warranty and the service was really good.
I have turned booster off and don't run out of hot water which is great - the system has saved us 4kwH per day on electricity.
I would recommend this system.
Happy so far
We had a 302 litre roof mount hot water system installed and have been happy with it to date. Little electricity costs are always a good thing.
Because of roof space, it had to be mounted on the western side of the roof, which I am led to believe is not optimum.
During winter we need to turn on the booster to ensure we have sufficient hot water. Got caught a couple of times and it wasn't a pleasant experience, tho the booster works quickly. During summer, here in Brisbane Qld, no booster is required, unless it's a number of days of wet weat...
Solahart 302L one of the best
I'd suggest that the problem may be external to the solar hot water system. Collectors don't lose heat from the storage tank, so replacing one would do nothing and the tank insulation is very good. I'd suggest getting a plumber to check for an internal leak in your hot water line. It may also be something simple like a leaking hot water valve. Otherwise, the system may be too small for your application.
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Generally happy with unit which has been installed since Nov 2009. We are saving approx up to $50-$55 per quarter. Off peak 1 usage was typically 900 - 1200kwh using elec hot water, with solar hot water, off peak usage reduced to 130 - 500 kwh. Cloudy/rainy days during winter can mean we run low on hot water during the evening, so we may have to switch to off peak 2. Apparently the system is rated at only 200l on the heater element alone, even though the whole system is 300l. During sunny days there is plenty of hot water.
Cheaper electricity bills.
Can run low on hot water in the evenings during cloudy/rainy days. May have to switch to off peak 2. Installing without rebates would make it very expensive.
Solahart tanks do last from 20-30 years but the odd one will have a shorter life span due a manufacture problem but it is very rare and does happen to all hot water cylinders.
Stainless steel cylinders do have their limits and should only be used with good soft quality water otherwise water softeners and filters need to be fitted. Also check the strict warranty details of a stainless tank as there are conditions to be meet with in regards with water quality to be eligible for any warranty claims.
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Generally happy but we may look at other brands when we need to replace this one on advice of our plumber.He seems to think that the price of new units outstrips Sola-Harts reputation
Had a 300l system installed around 12 years now. Last year had leaking valves replaced- cost $600ish. Our system faces dead north and with only 2 users runs far too hot in summer so we cover the RHS collector with shade cloth in warm months(Perth,W.A.).One of the co-developers of the system installed it and told us to do this(prolongs system life he added) ,although a S/H tech seemed a bit evasive on this subject even when pushed about it???
They are a costly item ,but we have recovered costs I suppose.
They have less pressure than any normal hot water system because the water pressure can only be a maximum of 500kpa. and if there is no pressure limiting valve "PLV" it can void the warranty
Rheem own solarhart so you get a great service if there are any issues
No colour range
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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