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Solar Pool Heating System Components for Repair and Replacement of Existing Systems

ecosystems can get virtually any replacement part for any of the existing major solar pool heating systems even if not FAFCO.  This is especially the case for some of the major panel manufacturers and some control systems. 

  • Panels, panel accessories, and mounting hardware are usually readily available especially for the more common manufacturers. With 30+ years in the solar pool heating business, we have available sources throughout the nation who handle other manufacturer's components.  Manufacturer and dimensions are essential to determine what you have.
  • Control parts are may or may not be available.  Some of the older control units may now be obsolete, including FAFCO's "pinch valve" systems, but give us a try nonetheless.  We may be able to find what you need, even if used, to get your system running again.  To help you find a part, we need manufacturer, model#, and as much descriptive detail as you can give us.    
    • Realistically, however, it is probably best to replace some of the older controls with a current model (see Solar Pool Heating Controls).  Remember, many pool solar system performance problems are directly caused by improperly functioning or non-functioning solar controls that can be easily correctedSensor wires, wire splices, and sometimes the sensors themselves are the weak links in any control operation.  Often the sensor wire is damaged or wire splices have simply corroded or come apart.  This is most probable if wire in underground and not protected in conduit.  When in doubt it is always best to check the wire and the individual sensors with an ohmmeter.  Any reading other than 0 or 1 is usually an indication that the sensor may be OK.  10K sensors (they read 10,000 ohms at 77o) are the most common but some controls used 3K or even 1K sensors.  Redoing the sensor wire splices is recommended at least every 5 years.  See system troubleshooting and maintenance.
  • Miscellaneous components.  Try us and we'll see what we can find for you.  Give us as much detailed information on the part in question.  A digital photo over email is often easiest but you can always fax or send us a photo too.

Remember, from our many years of experience, most system problems are installation-related.  In other words,  the system was either undersized, components were installed improperly, the piping was done incorrectly, or a control or sensors were not installed at all yet alone correctly.  Please check out our maintenance and troubleshooting sections.

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