Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

When you set up your system there is a specific order to the installation:

  1. Pump
  2. Filter
  3. 3-way valve
  4. Solar Panels
  5. Auxiliary Heater (if applicable)
  6. Salt or Chlorination System (if applicable)
  7. Pool
  1. Pump
  2. Filter
  3. 3 way valve
  4. Solar Panels
  5. Auxiliary Heater (if available)
  6. Salt or Chlorination System (if available)
  7. Pool

It is really important to have the filter before the solar panels. Dirty water going through the panels will clog the system.

Our core material is advanced Solarprene rubber, resistant to UV rays, chemicals and ozone. Our panels are the most durable solar panels on the market!
This is bacterial growth (black in color) known as biofilm caused by water remaining stagnant in the system (piping, panels, etc.) and lack of water circulation through the system. It is not the panels disintegrating. It often occurs in areas with high iron levels in the water and in areas that have very high ambient temperatures in the summer months and the water is not circulated through the system frequently. (Note: see section on summerization)

Solution:

  1. The water has to be treated to eliminate biofilm, slime, and water mold, the root cause of many water problems. A product that has proven it works effectively is Aquafinesse pool tablets.
    • Step 1: Ensure your pool is vacuumed, the filter backwashed or cleaned and the water balanced.
    • Step 2: Add AquaFinesse pool tablets to the skimmer once per week. A double dose of AquaFinesse should be used for the first four weeks. After that, one AquaFinesse tablet is all you need for one week’s treatment of 20,000 gallons.
    • Step 3: Maintain your level of sanitizer and keep your water balanced. You’ll find you’re using a lot less sanitizer and the water will be much easier to keep balanced.

    For more information, please visit: https://www.solarthermal.com/AquaFinesse–Pool-water-care–16-Tab-Pail_p_468.html

  2. Circulate the water through the system daily. If you are going to be away and the water is not going to circulate through the system, it is suggested to drain the panels by means of a drain valve to keep the panels dry when not in use (see “how do I summarize my Enersol system”..
Winterization for your system must be done after your pool is closed. Follow these steps before freezing temperatures occur:

  1. 3 way valve MUST be turned so that all three ports are open. On motorized valves, turn switch to TEST. Let the valve turn halfway between and off. Pull out the electrical cord. This will prevent water from becoming trapped in the valve.
  2. Look for any threaded, removable end-caps on the roof and open them.
  3. Open all end caps at down pipes, pump house and blow any underground lines. Generally, make sure that no water remains in any low pipes, sags in pipes, valleys or any part of the system. Re-attach the end caps to ensure that nothing gets into the headers during the winter.  WITHOUT DISTURBING THE TOP AND BOTTOM ROWS OF HEADERS, work your way along the panels and gently lift the rubber from top to bottom. If in doubt, you can open a section and drain out excess water. Only blowing the headers out with a shop vac, or compressor may NOT remove water properly.
  4. A general inspection of the roof at this time is wise. Check for loose lag bolts and strapping.
When the system is exposed to temperatures in excess of 150F and water IS NOT circulating through the system, the use of a DRAIN DOWN VALVE and a ONE WAY CHECK VALVE is necessary. It is important to remember that in prolonged periods of inactivity, the system MUST BE DRY. Non-circulating water left in extreme heat over extended periods of time may become stagnant and promote bacterial growth.
When you purchase ENERSOL panels, a system kit is necessary to assemble the panels. Only one kit per installation is required.

Some tools that are useful:

    • variable speed drill and 3/8″ socket driver
    • chalk line
    • level
    • tape measure
    • hacksaw
    • utility knife
    • caulking gun
    • ladder and safety equipment

    Additional parts required:

      • PVC heavy bodied cement
      • 1-1/2″ or 2″ plumbing ( elbows, tees, couplers, pipe and pipe hold downs)
      • extra lag bolts
      • 3-way valve, or automatic controller
      • one way check valve

      Some tools that are useful:

        • variable speed drill and 3/8″ socket driver
        • chalk line
        • level
        • tape measure
        • hacksaw
        • utility knife
        • caulking gun
        • ladder and safety equipment

        Additional parts required:

          • PVC heavy bodied cement
          • 1-1/2″ or 2″ plumbing (elbows, tees, couplers, pipe and pipe hold downs)
          • extra lag bolts
          • 3-way valve, or automatic controller
          • one way check valve

          The 1′ x 10′ panels weigh 8.8lbs dry and 11.3lbs when full of water.
          Based on ICC-SRCC collector thermal performance rating, it produces 900 BTUs per square foot. (Caterory A at Low radiation – 1000 BTU/ft2 per day).
          A properly sized system can increase your pool temperature up to 15°F
          When you set up your system, we recommend the following as a reference

          8’ long panels: up to 36
          10’ long panels: up to 32
          12’ long panels: up to 28

          If your pool requires more than  the above number of  boxes, it is suggested to set them up in equal arrays piped in parallel. For example 40 boxes should be set up in two arrays of 20 boxes each.  If you are setting up multiple arrays this will require extra plumbing parts, not included in your system kit.  For each array you will need 2 end caps.

          Each system kit comes with 2 end caps, 2 HEC (header end connectors) and 1 O-ring lubricant. Be sure to order extra end caps as required for your system.

          8’ long panels: up to 36
          10’ long panels: up to 32
          12’ long panels: up to 28

          If your pool requires more than  the above number of  boxes, it is suggested to set them up in equal arrays piped in parallel. For example 40 boxes should be set up in two arrays of 20 boxes each.  If you are setting up multiple arrays this will require extra plumbing parts, not included in your system kit.  For each array you will need 2 end caps.

          Each system kit comes with 2 end caps, 2 HEC (header end connectors) and 1 O-ring lubricant. Be sure to order extra end caps as required for your system.

          Yes. Our panels use a modular design; so you can add more panels, if space permits.
          Most actuators are compatible with standard manual 3 way valves. Please check compatibility. If they are, attach the actuator to the manual valve with the supplied screws and follow the instructions for the control box wiring and install the roof and water sensor.