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I have a bosch Greenskies solar water system. It was

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I have a bosch Greenskies solar water system. It was installed 8 years ago and has worked perfectly until thus year. The temperature on the panel sensor does not get higher than 57deg. The pressure in the system is 2bar and the pump is working but the temperature on the roof sensor never gets above approx 57deg despite the temperature outside beng around 30deg. Any thoughts at what might be wrong?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  JamesI replied 11 months ago.

Good morning, there may be a few reasons for the fault.

Firstly the solar flat panels may have a build up of dirt which acts as an insulation and stops the suns rays heating up the water within the panels, using a ladder with some soapy water made up with algae remover, use a bristle brush to scrub the panels, this can often be all that is needed to remove the build up of dirt.

It may also be a case that your system has developed an air lock, resulting in the heat not being absorbed properly in the panel, there is often a bleed valve located at the highest point of the installation (typically the solar panel).

Lastly it could be a faulty thermostat, the reading your getting from the LCD may be incorrect and the solar panel is actually 70 degrees, other than using a temp probe on the solar panel there isnt a easy way to check.

Before calling anyone out, I would first give the panel a good clean and see if you see an improvement, if you would like me to recommend someone to come out please provide your postcode.

Should you need anything clarified please ask.

James

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I cleaned the panels last year. I had the Bosch engineer this week but he couldn't find anything significant but has suggested the roof temperature sensor may have dropped out its pocket. I will need to have scaffolding erected to get to the panels so just checking if there could be anything else to check.
Expert:  JamesI replied 11 months ago.

If the panels are clean It must be a faulty sensor or sensor which has come lose.

I would find a handyman who has a roof ladder if it's just a case of reaching over to insert the sensor, it rather depends how much room there is in the roof to move around without disturbing the panels.

It doesn't sound like the sensor is stopping the pump operating so I would be tempted to leave it until you find the pump not activating as it thinks the panel is colder than the water in the tank.

James

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The panel temperature is not going higher than 57deg despite outside temp if 33deg.
Expert:  JamesI replied 11 months ago.

If you finding out the pump isnt starting as the water in the tank is at 60 degrees (which is the standard), then it may be worth getting someone out sooner, however I would have thought the water tank will drop to say 50, the pump will start and the water will heat back to ~60, as the water pumped around will be higher than 57 if we assume the sensor isnt reading the panel properly.

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