Solar Thermal awareness programme

Boiler Bee – We Fix Solar

We have just launched an new programme to make people aware of the need to maintain their solar thermal water heating systems.

As we approach summer (again) these panels come into their own and have the potential to provide all of your hot water so long as we have a few hours of sun and as long as the system is working efficiently.

We have recently serviced two systems in Wideopen and Heddon-on-the-Wall in order to remove air blockages that made temperatures on the roof soar to 145°c. This valuable heat wasn’t making its way to the hot water cylinder because of air locks in the pipework.

Pumping station in Heddon-on-the-Wall with flushing pump attacked

In this situation we attached our pumping station and flushed the air out of the system and repressurised it so that it would operate at 100%.

At another job in Wideopen the temperatures had also reached 140°c + and had started to convert the glycol thermodynamic fluid in to vapour at the same temperature. This is quite hazardous as it can easily scald the unsuspecting customer.

High temperature vapour being let out of a safety valve

Once again this system was flushed with glycol and repressurised and is now working well.

The solar panels are connected to the pumping station which is then connected to the hot water cylinder. This is an “unvented“ cylinder which runs at high pressure and itself needs to be maintained to ensure its working properly and safely.

We are fully trained and qualified at Boiler Bee to service and maintain solar and unvented cylinders so if you feel you’re not getting the benefit of the sun (!) then please call us, we fix solar!

The customer, Dr D, commented, “The work was speedily delivered, 100% effective and of a high standard, excellent work, an enthusiastic response to new challenges was noted”.

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