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Old 01-12-2019, 02:01 PM
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I'm thinking about adding a solar heat system on my roof to heat my pool in the winter and cool it a little in the summer. I'd like to here opinions from people who have had this done. I have one friend who had it that said it was a huge mistake and he always had leaks. My uncle did it and has the automatice valves and he loves his. Another friend did it and he has the manual valves and he loves that setup. I think I want the auto valves but not positive. I am worried about the panels leaking after being in the sun all the time. My pool is not screened and I have plenty of south or west facing roof for the system.
I am in east central florida, Merritt Island.
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I had one for about 12 years. The system itself never leaked (surprisingly) but where it was attached to the roof did. Took a few years.
We just replaced the roof due to a combination of the leaks and age of the roof. We did not have it reinstalled.

It will add some time at the beginning and end of the season but in our case definitely did not make it a year round pool. I'm in Hudson.
It depends on what your tolerable temp range is.
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I've had solar for about ten years. Had to call the guys out twice for leaks. No big deal. ess than $200 first, less than $100 next. I have an automatic system. It works GREAT and kepps us swimming a lot!
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Our pool stays in the low 70s in the winter, I'd like to get it up to 78 to 80 if possible. My roof is 5 years old and I have the option of installing on a regular shingled roof or an almost flat roof.
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It really depends on the collector area vs the pool area but you still can't count on much more than 10 degrees unless you keep the pool covered. That is in Ft Myers where it doesn't really get that cold most of the time but a 45-50 degree night scrubs a lot of heat out of an uncovered pool. I switch my collectors over to the spa when it is that cold.
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Look up Builditsolar.com lots of good ideas there.
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I loved mine. It came with the house when we bought it. It was advertised as working, but wasn't working upon inspection. Previous owners fixed it before closing...I think it needed a new controller. The panels were well aged, as was the roof. A little over 3 years without a problem and I thought it was great. I wouldn't want a pool without one.

I was in South Florida...never tried to "cool" the pool with it, but I believe the controller was capable of it if you ran the pump at night. I liked the pool warm, so I never looked in to it.

It was able to maintain the pool at a decent temp in all but maybe January and February...
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For a pool a BIG Thumbs up !

For electricity F**K NO !!!
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As appraisers, we have gone into homes, seen bad damage where the roof leaked from the roof solar heater. Water dripping out of them is common. Roof life is routinely shortened as debris can build up under the material, rotting the roof. Now, I have seen wood frame pool heaters built and placed on the ground, being as efficient as roof mounted units.
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Originally Posted by Restrain View Post
As appraisers, we have gone into homes, seen bad damage where the roof leaked from the roof solar heater. Water dripping out of them is common. Roof life is routinely shortened as debris can build up under the material, rotting the roof. Now, I have seen wood frame pool heaters built and placed on the ground, being as efficient as roof mounted units.
I had a solar pool heat system at my previous house. It worked ok heating the pool, but I had lots of large trees around the house which would drop leaves which would get caught/stuck under the solar panels and then in a heavy rain the rain water would back up under the shingles and the roof would leak. It was a PITA to keep the panels clear of the leaves and I would never again install solar panels if there were trees around the house.
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I have it on my home and it heats the pool great. Fully automated and never leaks. There are many brands so do your homework. I went with the best panels, no hose clamps, individual tubes, mounts at the top and bottom only.
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Don't like the idea of putting a bunch of holes in my roof to mount solar panels nor do I like the look. NG would be my first choice.
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We have a heat pump and it works fine. I like it better than NG or propane. Straight electric heat would be pretty expensive, but a heat pump isn't bad. Ours is inline with the filter, so it only runs when the filter is running and is controlled by a thermostat. It extends the season a bit.

Of course our pool has a one foot thick piece of ice on the top right now....
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
I had a solar pool heat system at my previous house. It worked ok heating the pool, but I had lots of large trees around the house which would drop leaves which would get caught/stuck under the solar panels and then in a heavy rain the rain water would back up under the shingles and the roof would leak. It was a PITA to keep the panels clear of the leaves and I would never again install solar panels if there were trees around the house.
I hadn't thought of that. I have a large oak tree that dropped leaves and twigs on one part of the roof.
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I have it on this house and my old house. I have 7 collectors. Automatic system that never leaked. We (wife) won't get in unless 86. We turn off from 12/1 to about 3/31.
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Vortex Solar Pool Heater Premium Kit

10 years ago I installed the vortex panels from solar direct and have been pretty happy. Over that period I had 2 panels leak where the collector tubes meet the panels and they replaced them for shipping cost. Mine has a simple electronic controller that you set a temperature with a dial and it sends water to the roof if the pool water is cooler, or recirculates if it is at or above. It will add roughly 10 degrees to whatever the normal temp would be without it. I can get over 80 degrees from March though November, and 90 degrees May through September. family wont go in the pool below 80, so it is shut off December through February. If you want 12 months over 80 degrees, you need to use propane / NG or heat pump and use a solar blanket.

The controller failed the first summer (replaced under warranty - second one has been fine for 9 years), and continuously sent all the water to the roof resulting in pool temperature of 101 degrees, so it will absorb some heat in summer. I ended up being able to fit eight 4'x12' panels on my roof which faces southwest, pool is 18x36 with screen enclosure, and I'm south of you in Martin County. Everything came in rolled up on a pallet, I installed the panels on the roof by myself in an afternoon and all the plumbing and controller in a day, really not that hard. No leaks through my shingle roof based on my last inspection in the attic this year. Make sure you get the upgraded straps for holding the panels for hurricane winds.

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