Basic steps to begin using your solar system
- If your system has isolation valves, make sure they are open (see photo). Do not under any circumstance try to run the solar with these closed, you can damage your pump or plumbing.
- If your system has a drain faucet on the roof or on any plumbing going up to the panels, make sure it is closed.
- Turn your solar control to the automatic position and set the temperature. If you have a computerized cool control system, enable the solar function and set your pool temperature.
- Set your pump to run five hours or more during the best daylight hours (usually afternoon). This is done at the time clock or at the programming pad of the control system. If you have a motorized pool cleaner, it’s run time may have to be reset also.
- It is always advisable to visually watch the system the first time it comes on each season, to make sure the motorized valve is turning correctly, and that nothing is leaking. If you can see the roof clearly from the ground, keep an eye open for any water on the roof. If you can’t see the roof it is advisable to go up and look, or pay for our Annual Maintenance program. If the system won’t come on in auto and you want to check it, turn it on manually during the check, but make sure to turn it back to auto when you are done.
- Turn solar system off. If you have a self draining system, that’s all you have to do. If you are unsure, check your system specifications page, or give us a call.
- If your system is not self training, you will have to close the isolation valves and open any drain faucets on the roof.
- Adjust your pool run time for winter hours.
We can set up a yearly start up and winterizing program for you. Contact our office for Annual Maintenance details and pricing.