Can I use a solar collector with my existing hot water?

Solar collectors can be added to an existing hot water system, but "retro-fit" systems are not applicable for any State and Federal rebates.

Does my roof need strengthening to accommodate a solar hot water system?

Because solar systems are a 'split system' a standard 30tube system weighs less than 100kgs on your roof!

Systems with a tank on the roof generally weigh over 500kg when full of water (300ltrs water 300kg)

How do I choose the right solar hot water system?

  •  How many people live your household.
  •  Where you live
  • Your household water demands.
  • The water quality in your area.

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How do the solar evacuated tubes handle hail?

Solar evacuated tube collectors are made to Australian and International standards. In terms of Hail resistance Apricus evacuated tubes have been independently tested and shown to withstand impact from a 25mm / 1″ ice ball at 90km/hr. If you are in a region with extreme hail (much larger than 25mm / 1″) then the solar collectors should be installed at an angle of 45° or greater, which greatly increases impact strength.

Click the link below to see how an Apricus evacuated tube handles a 30mm steel ball:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v eOWQyBjPpJ4

How much energy will I save using a Solar Hot Water System?

The amount of energy you will save varies; based on your location, water usage, and type of system you install. On average, an electric hot water system accounts for about 30% of your total household energy usage. Installing a solar hot water system will save you up to 80% of the energy used by your existing electric hot water unit.

If there is no sunshine, does that mean I will have no hot water?

Most solar hot water systems have a booster built-in to ensure you are never left with a cold shower!

There are tubes with thicker glass out there, are they stronger?

We use tubes with a glass thickness is 1.8mm, and has passed the hail impact testing to meet Australian standards.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive the thickness does not always indicate Strength. More important than thickness is the material structure and quality of the glass.

For example: some suppliers have glass of 1.6mm thickness which is stronger to impact than 2mm glass from other suppliers due to better quality glass.

So simply saying "this glass is thicker" is not really a valid or useful comparison.

What applications are solar hot water systems best suited to?

Solar hot water collectors are very versatile, they can be used in a full range of applications, these include:

  • Household and residential solar hot water
  • Business and commercial hot water
  • Solar pre-heating systems
  • Pool heating, dairy farms, Chemical treatment plants, hospitals, apartment buildings, wineries and many more.

What are the advantages of using evacuated tube collectors?

  • Evacuated tubes passively track the sun
  • 15 year warranty on major components
  • Lightweight and durable design
  • Excellent cold weather performance
  • Frost protected without the use of glycol
  • Low maintenance design
  • Dedicated, local after sales & service team.

Why should I change my existing electric system to Solar?

Installing a solar hot water system will help you

  • SAVE up to 80% on your water heating bills
  • REDUCE your household carbon emissions
  • INCREASE the value of your home or property and;
  • PRODUCE free hot water from the sun.

Contact Us

'A' Class Solar Systems.
PO Box 582
Sunbury VIC 3429
Tel 0407 511 836

Terms & Conditions

'A' Class Solar Systems is unable to control the amount or value of rebates provided by either Federal or State Goverment nor any of it's agencies. The value of the various credit schemes rises and falls over time so your rebate may vary accordingly.

 

'A' Class Solar Systems is a trading name of Rock Plumbing, Lic No 31389