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Old 03-02-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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We are going to hire someone to install solar panels in the immediate future.

Does anyone have any experiences with installers....good or bad ??????

We would like to get 3 estimates.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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We are going to hire someone to install solar panels in the immediate future.

Does anyone have any experiences with installers....good or bad ??????

We would like to get 3 estimates.
I'm not sure if they do it, but I use Hughes Pool service. They do a great job doing all my work. I don't have a solar heater. I have a heat pump. It works great. It stopped twice, but the manufacturer sent someone out right away and repaired it on the spot - no cost to me. It was a Summit, which was bought out by Hayward.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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I had AMAZON POOLS come out yesterday to give an estimate.
Has anyone had any experience with them???
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Never heard of Amazon. For the "good" quality panels, all estimates should be within a couple hundred bucks of each other. Most of the money is spent on the panels themselves, since there is very little labor involved. Depending on your setup, it will only take 2-3 hours total. Find out what brand of panels they are quoting and research those brands. You'll find most companies use Helicol and Fafco. Both are reputable. We went with Helicol and are very happy. Pool is 89 right now. I just shut the solar off to cool it down a bit.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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Could I ask how you came to decide to do solar as opposed to the other options? We have an unseated pool and are just starting to look into all the heating options. Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Most people decide on Solar because they don't want the electric bills associated with running a heat heat pump. The up-front cost is also slightly less than electric (depending on how many panels you need for your pool size). The drawback of solar is that you may not be swimming Dec-Feb is it's a chilly winter, depending on how warm you like the water. With electric, that is not a concern. It will still heat the pool when it's 50 degrees out, but of course it will cost you $$$.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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Could I ask how you came to decide to do solar as opposed to the other options? We have an unseated pool and are just starting to look into all the heating options. Thanks in advance!
Solar panels are cheaper than a heat pump initially. And, once they are installed, they cost nothing to operate.
I think they are the only two options. Not including a gas heater which would cost an arm and a leg to operate.

The advantage to a heat pump (which cost $ everytime you turn it on) is you probably can heat your pool better in the middle of the winter. I don't have much desire to go swimming when it is in the 70s, no matter what the water temp. is.

I'm no expert, I'm just giving my opinion
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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To ISLAND HOPPER.....I aswered the previous post without reading your reply. We basically say the same thing. Also, the Amazon pool co. are using Helicol panels. I believe Popa Pools use them as well. I like the idea that you can replace indivdual tubes and that they allow your roof to breath because they are not solid panels.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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Thanks for the input!
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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The one thing I forgot to mention, if I had a tile roof, then I would stay away from solar panels. I would then go with the heat pump.

If you have a tile roof, then you can probably afford the electric bill........LOL
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