Segments in this Video

Getting Started (02:33)


Evaluate with a solar path finder to find shade obstacles and the path of the sun. Once true south is determined, examine latitude and roof slope to find optimal tilt and position of collectors.

Solar Hot Water Equipment (01:59)

This system includes hardware, plumbing, and electrical components. Most single family systems can be served by two collectors and one storage tank.

Setting Up a Safe Job Site (00:53)

OSHA safety regulations should be followed when installing solar equipment. Shut off electricity before working on the electrical system.

Installing the Rack or Mounting Hardware (01:56)

Find roof rafters to secure anchors. Mark anchor quantity and placement following solar collector spacing requirements. Stagger mounts to distribute the load.

Installing Solar Collectors and Piping (01:26)

Plan the plumbing path from collectors to storage tank. Install collectors securely onto rack system. Create a pipe access point to tank below.

Installing the Indoor Equipment (02:29)

Connect the plumbing and electrical equipment inside once the roof system is in place. Install the hot water tank first. Next, install the pump station and connect piping from solar connectors.

System Testing and Homeowner Education (01:07)

Conduct a pressure test. Fill the tank with water to check for leaks. Fill solar collectors with collection fluid and check gauges. Review operation and maintenance with homeowner.

Credits: Installing a Solar Hot Water System: Residential Energy Efficiency Projects (00:18)

Credits: Installing a Solar Hot Water System: Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

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Installing a Solar Hot Water System: Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

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A solar hot water system is an eco-friendly, cost-efficient alternative to gas or electric heaters, and with a conventional heater as a backup, can provide hot water even on cold, cloudy days. After a brief overview, this program explains the process of installing an active solar hot water system. Viewers learn the specific tools, hardware, plumbing, and electrical components needed, how to test the system, and key points about its operation to discuss with the homeowner after installation is complete. The importance of setting up a safe, OSHA-compliant jobsite is also covered, and smart building tips are offered throughout. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Shopware Production. A part of the series Residential Energy Efficiency Projects. (13 minutes)  

Length: 14 minutes

Item#: FMK53201

ISBN: 978-0-81608-634-4

Copyright date: ©2014

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