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Troubleshooting Heliocol Solar Pool Heating


As a proud owner of a Heliocol solar pool heating system provided by Solaron, you’re accustomed to enjoying comfortable, warm swims in the heart of Sacramento or the Bay Area. Yet, even the most reliable systems require troubleshooting from time to time. Fear not, for many issues you might encounter are simple to diagnose and easy to resolve. Here’s a handy guide to keeping your Heliocol system in peak condition.

Understanding Flow Issues

Optimal flow is the lifeblood of your Heliocol solar pool heating system. It requires a flow rate of 30 – 60 gallons per minute (GPM) to work efficiently. If your system is running below this rate, it’s like a marathon runner trying to race with a cold: possible, but far from ideal. Here’s what to check if you suspect a flow issue:

  • The Filter – just like clearing a stuffy nose, cleaning a dirty filter can drastically improve system flow.
  • The Pump Basket – leaves and other debris, especially during Autumn and Spring seasons, collect in the basket quickly. If the basket has enough debris in it to cover the mesh or the holes, then it’s clogged enough to affect your Heliocol system.
  • Pump Health – ailing motors, impellers, or seals could be the culprits to an affected flow. Also, ensure your pump and plumbing are appropriately sized for your system.
  • Plumbing Integrity – look for obstructions or suction leaks which could slow things down.

Remember, the water needs a steady flow through the Heliocol solar panels so the sun’s rays can heat the water. Consistent, gentle heating across a vast volume ensures your whole pool reaches the desired temperature.

System Settings: Timing is Everything

The solar-heated water must run through the rest of the pool’s water to affect it, usually for 5-6 hours. This typically occurs when the sun is at its peak. If you’re running it at the wrong hours or for too short a time, you won’t get the heat you desire. Also, ensure your thermostat control is set to ‘auto’ and not ‘manual,’ allowing the system to work intelligently and efficiently.

Bubbles in the Pool?

It’s normal to see bubbles when the system starts. However, continuous bubbling might signal low water flow or a suction leak. If it’s a persistent issue, it’s time to investigate. If the bubbles are shooting out like a spa jet, you’ll likely need professional assistance from Solaron or a swimming pool specialist.

The Sound of Solar Heating

A light amount of noise is normal, particularly during startup and shutdown. However, loud or constant noise is a sign that something’s amiss. It could be as simple as water draining back into the pool, or as complex as a sensor or valve problem.

Sensing an Issue

Modern systems like Heliocol communicate effectively with electronic sensors. If your auto control system indicates a sensor issue, it’s time for professional help. This is one instance where an expert from Solaron can step in and swiftly address the problem you identified with effective troubleshooting.

Keep it Simple

Most issues with Heliocol solar pool heating systems can be easily managed with a little know-how. A primary rule of thumb is to check simple things first and work your way up from there. Regular maintenance and understanding your system’s needs can prevent most problems before they start. But when in doubt, Solaron’s expertise is just a call away. Or if you prefer, use our online form to let us know so we can help you work out the issue. Don’t let minor issues cloud your sunny pool days; tackle them head-on with this guide and keep your pool serene and warm.

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