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Stay away from Solahart Hoppers Crossing VIC
Cowboy contractors hired by company with no sense of Standard/compliance took few minutes to run AC cable between two dry wall and invoiced for unagreed $495 for pre wiring which is currently not approved by inspector as it’s not in metal conduit. Pricey outdated panels and terrible service makes Solahart least preferred provider for solar energy system.
Tanks rust out prematurely. Absolute crap tanks. Avoid
Tank is <10 years old. They say they should last 20 - 30 years. But only warranty for 5 years....because our is rusted out throughout already. Concept works brilliant, so find another brand. These are not up to standard.
Sunshine Coast Solahart - Incompetent or Fraudulent? Maybe both.
The salesperson was pretty smooth & showed me all the positive power graphs with the $ saving; however, make sure that the exact model number of inverter & panels are listed on the quote because you may get second-hand, much older & lesser quality products installed, as I did. On the first visit, my existing working solar system was disabled when a worker was injured & I was left with no solar power for 6 days until they returned and installed the system with a second-hand inverter. I was initially contacted and told that there was a couple of ...dents on the front panel & $100 was discounted off the price; however, I later found that the invertor had been previously installed in another person's name & had 2 rusty scratches across the front panel. Solarhart returned a third time to install another inverter which did not work at all. When I heard the van drive away, I immediately checked the system which was alarming with an error code. The inverter Techs in Sydney told me that the person who installed the inverter was obviously untrained and even worst the inverter was not the model that I had paid for. The Operations Manager tried convincing me that the older inverter was better than the later model. His tone changed when I wouldn't swallow the yarn & insinuated that I was a whinger & was responsible for the injured worker (he later vigorously denied that was not his intent). Weeks later, on the fourth visit, another inverter was installed and it worked, yippie. The inverter was still not the model that I paid for but there's no way that I want Solarhart back. I was promised some recompense for having no solar power for weeks & the stress of being stuffed around, but nay. In addition, I don't know what happened to the government grants (STCs) dollars that are always advertised. On at least 4 occasions I tried to find out who the General Manager/Owner of Sunshine Coast Solarhart was, and they refused to tell me. In summary, if you have already paid a deposit & cannot back out of the contract; don't pay the full payment on the day of installation, as demanded. Make sure everything is working as promised and you have had the correct items installed. Once they have your money you go back to the end of the clue and you will be fitted-in, on a slow day. Sunshine Coast Solarhart aren't totally hopeless, the framework is there, with at least 1 management change plus code of conduct/ethics training. All the workers that attended my house were friendly and I have no complaints; 1 worker was obviously untrained in installing inverters but that's not his fault.
Post Installation Customer Service
Salesman did a great job telling me that when the new solar hot water system was installed to replace an ageing system the existing pipes and cables would be checked for compliance and if anything needed remedied that was included in the price. After installation I discovered that the existing pipes in the loft space did not appear to be insulated which it says in the installation literature is essential. I've called the Newcastle Office several times since December 2020 and I've emailed the salesman. I keep getting told that the top technician...would investigate and advise but had no response whatsoever. It appears to me that they just don't care after they have my money! I will not do business with them again and I will be recommending to my many local friends and acquaintances to give them a miss!
Don't Even Consider One...!!!!!
Don't buy one...!!!
No Customer Service Available After Purchase....!!!
Solarhart couldn't care less once the system is installed and they have your money.
Don't be fooled by the marketing and so called discounts. Once installed, if there is a problem you go to a call centre which may as well be in the Phillipines. The call centre knows NOTHING about Hot Water Systems and they have NO direct contact with contractors....!!! There is absolutely no one i.e. a technician you can call directly to swiftly solve a problem ASAP. You have to sit back an...
Woeful installation experience.
Sales team were excellent, however...
Once the deposit was paid I didn't hear from them, until an SMS message after business hours from one of their subcontractors who did not have the full scope of works. Difficut to get satisfaction once the contract is signed.
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Technician absolutely useless.
Our unit is an Edwards system, 10 yrs old, and existed on the house we purchased 3 yrs ago. We were advised that Solarhart could service these units., even though they are no longer manufactured. We were concerned that the system was not heating properly. Although detailed information had been give to the 'office' when making the booking, the technician was unaware of our issues. The technician arrived and took off one end panel and did a visual inspection only. He said there was no evidence of leaks in the casing or pipes but because the sy...stem was so old it probably would not last through the summer, possibly explode, as he felt there must be and internal issue that was not visible from this inspection. He advised to leave the backup electrical switch on 24/7 all year and never turn it off. He said a service of the unit would be a waste of time. He also offered to have the company send out information on a new Solarhart system. Normally the payment is required prior to appointment, however we paid our bill to technician on site and received our invoice the following day. The following day we had another inspection from a private company, on our request. This technician used to work for Solarhart and was considered to be one of their best at the time. He turned off the hot water, disconnected the tank and did a pressure check for leaks as well as a visual inspection. Conclusion - Tank is in perfect working condition. No repairs required and advised that we should get up to another 10 years from this unit. He also advised to use the back up switch for only 2 hrs when required as any longer is totally unnecessary and a waste of electricity. The bill was $40 cheaper and paid after job completed.
Seem to work ok but workmanship on the roof terrible
First off sales and admin were really good, the company itself has not contacted me since i sent them an email, does not worry them, When the trades arrived they did not even say they were from solahart, could have been anybody luckily the name was on the truck, the panels, some are under stress, one corner down one corner up, are up and down and not straight on the roof, when I picked the problem i was told it was the roof, and the panel laying crooked on the roof was what they call a uphill system lol, they said it was to late that afternoon ...and would come back and remove all panels and rectify, they came back but did not remove all panels just did a patch up job, in there own installation instructions there is supposed to be a gap between the panel, on the long side there is, but short side not, i said to the installer about this missing gap and he said no, i don't think they have a measuring tape, level, or string line, there was pvc glue spilled on the colourbond roof, and no one said anything until asked about it, not good work man ship, i went with a local dealer thinking they will be better than the cheaper systems on tv, wasted our money, Let me say here that the system seems to be working fine and it is only because of poor work habits that it has got to this stage, already one customer turned away after viewing the panels
Company lacks customer values
Installers did a fantastic job on the day. All sub contractors. Very polite and well managed for a big install. More than what can be said from the actual business and their electrician. [name removed] at the mandurah store was extremely bad to deal with from multiple family members.
House nearly suffered a bad electrical fire.... One did happen behind the meter box from bad wiring but luckily being double brick and 2 story it was isolated.
Approached the previously mentioned mandurah store with report from personally hired electrician. Electrical fault due too solar install causing fire.
All received was attitude and no reimbursement. I'll be taking the appropriate action and reporting to electrical board and supplier companies.
Solahart Melbourne West are Cowboys
Two missed appointments. 3 goes at Installing, 1st time not enough rails to attach panels to the roof, 2nd time they ran out of cables. 3rd time all completed however the inspector failed the install due to non compliance. The inspector disconnected the system due to the sanger of burning the house down. The system had to be reinstalled by another installer. This whole process took 5 months
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Price gouging : BEWARE
The hot water heater has been great but the very first time we needed a service call they severely gouged us, charging over $550 to install a $30 part (as they came without the part even though I had described the problem and a quick search on the internet after the fact told me that the valve needed replacing) plus charging us travel both times when they had told us the first time that the technician was dropping in on the way back through town as well as charging a full service call both times even though all they did was look at it on the way through town the first time. Beware if you are dealing with this company
Bundaberg Solahart Office: Worst Company I have ever dealt with
Installed on date arranged - Tick
Told by Installer Ergon would be around in next day or so to change meter - false took 4 weeks
Discussed with installer when I would get web access to meter and told to pay when this happened - false
Found out had to pay in full before anything more would happen. Took time off work to go to office to pay. Arrived 4.06pm. Office closed 4.30pm. Told next day they close office early if they feel like it! Great for customers who like out of town!
Inverter Box started coming of wall after 3 months. Reported fault. E...
Service cost rip off
Our 10 year old solar hot water service was not working. We organised for a service, accepting over the phone call out fees and time and parts costing.
8.30 was the organised time - at 3.30 pm cancelled the job as no one turned up and had three very frustrating phone calls to find out what was going on - job organised again for following day.
Technician fixed HWS ! The next day started to make loud noises on the roof - and another technician was then organised for three days later. Not sure yet that problem is fixed but this company had the audacity to charge us in full for the second call out - excuse - it was a valve we couldn’t test on the day..
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Bad from the start
Was told that a site evaluation was needed ,i okeyed that ,they gave clearance to install the solar hot water service .The morning came to install the system and obviously they didnt do a site check like they said they would and needed a crane to lift the heater onto the roof ,major drama as nearest crane was back at Bairnsdale a one hour drive by car from site.I wanted gas boosted but got talked into electric, the reason being the person in charge told me one day i might want to go solar electricity and the booster would be a better option ,ma...de sense at the time ,enquired about solar electricity and was told the solar heater was put in the wrong spot andbecause of that fact cant put enough solar panels on roof to make it viable .i got home from work and wife said the plumber had all sorts of problems but sorted them out ,i went out front to have a look at the heater on the roof and saw exposed red thick wiring and rang the solahart place,the person in chargew said the plumber must have left the cover off and could i put it back on ,which i did ,the hot water took about 30 to 45 seconds to come through the pipe which we put up with for years thinking it was a solar thing ,but have recently renovated our bathroom and found out a few things were done dodgy in the plumbing of the heater by solahart,our electritian said to me have i been up in the roof doing dodgy plumbing ? as the plumbing work from the solahart heater is dodgy ,and i of course havent ,since renovating i get hot water from the tap in 2 seconds as all the prior plumbing has been fixed . I have more issues but will save that for another review ,think carefully before considering solahart
No interest in after sales service
Had a solar hot water system installed almost 2 years ago and have had a lot of problems with the water not being hot enough. We are constantly having to switch on the electric booster. The only time the water is hot enough is if it is a hot day. Even if the sun is out all day on cooler days, the water does not heat more than tepid. I have phoned Solahart a couple of times and they are not interested in finding out why this is happening. I think something has to be wrong because I have had a different brand of solar hot water at a previous hou...se and almost never had to turn on the booster. This has been a very expensive exercise because we are not saving much at all on our electricity cost, after spending over $4000 on the system. Don't buy Solahart, they don't work well and the Company is not interested in helping to see why.
Questions & Answers
an you get compensated if the solar system is not working and you are waiting ages for a part
No nothing and no contact ever, and will never deal with any company that deal with solahart
Hi Glenda, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - with your details so we can contact you.
Thank you Solahart Australia
Hi the company we purchased from said they will contact us when part is available but have not had solar into the grid as last electricity bill Contacted asolar hart and left a message but know9ne called me back
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|After Sales Service||Yes|
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|Services Provided||Installer and Solar Product Retailer|
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