I am looking into a installing solar water heating system. Any concerns I need to be aware of ?

I am looking into a installing solar water heating system. Any concerns I need to be aware of ?

I am looking into a installing solar water heating system. Any concerns I need to be aware of ?

Reputable companies or companies to avoid.
What is a standard installation cost ?
Standard warrantees ?

Most solar installers are fairly regional, covering a couple of states at most due to travel costs.

I’d start by doing a google search with your town or state and the words “Solar Water Heater“. You may also find some help on the web site for the magazine “Home Power” http://www.homepower.com

Installers can sometimes also be found in the yellow pages.

As for price that varies too, my guess would be about 2-5 thousand dollars. You need to “do the numbers” and calculate the pay-back time. Odds are that it will take many years to get your money back.

Warranties are a function of the installers and are usually only good for as long as that installer is in business.

Things to be concerned about are: 1) You must take care of the system, they require yearly maintenance (mine needs 3-8 hours each year). 2) You will usually be cutting holes through your roof, this adds a bit of risk and, as with #1 can require more maintenance. 3) Hail, you will now have a large sheet of glass (or two) on your roof, don’t forget to check you insurance and upgrade it if the collectors are not currently covered in your policy.

Lec 20 | MIT 16.885J Aircraft Systems Engineering, Fall 2005

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