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Old 03-19-2013, 02:20 PM
 
Location: North Port
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:20 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I have had solar panels since 2001 and they held up better than the rest of my roof through various storms & hurricanes. They are supposed to be garanteed up to 140 mph winds ... I hope I don't find out. Wilma did not bother them at all.

In January they could not get above 84 ... I have them set at88 ... still not too bad.

And, I developed a few pin holes & all the panels where replaced in 2011 starting another 12 yr warrenty period.

One of the best purchases ever.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: North Port
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Wow..I can't get my pool over 80 so far..maybe my system is broke
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Wow..I can't get my pool over 80 so far..maybe my system is broke
Mine was 85 today. Do you have enough panels? Are they facing a southerly direction? Is the pump running during peak solar heating times (12-6ish right now)
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL - Dallas, PA
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Wow..I can't get my pool over 80 so far..maybe my system is broke
I'm in the same boat. The warmest I got my pool was 82 deg. two weeks ago. Then the cold weather dropped it down to 74. I'm back up to 80 now...not too confident that it'll get in the upper 80's for another few months, just in time to migrate back north. And that with a solar cover on it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: North Port
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Mine was 85 today. Do you have enough panels? Are they facing a southerly direction? Is the pump running during peak solar heating times (12-6ish right now)
Harbor,

Based of the calculator I looked at online, I am within spec (5 - 4x10 Panels)..I have a 10,000 gallon pool. However, my roof pitch/orientation is not due south..it's SE. So, that may part of the problem. I am using a solar cover also. Pump is running 10-4:30.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:46 PM
 
Location: North Port
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I'm in the same boat. The warmest I got my pool was 82 deg. two weeks ago. Then the cold weather dropped it down to 74. I'm back up to 80 now...not too confident that it'll get in the upper 80's for another few months, just in time to migrate back north. And that with a solar cover on it.
MikMal,

I feel better now..I'm pretty sure its due to colder nights and my roof orientation (SE). I know its working when I'm getting to 80-82 and the outside temp is only 76-78.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:27 AM
 
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our pool was 89 yesterday...heat pumps rule !!!!!!
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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Last year my pool heated up fine but I was using a pool cover. The cover laid on the surface of the pool so it trapped dirt from being filtered. This year we didn't use the cover and no the temp hasn't got above 82.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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As stated before, whether you're using a heat pump or solar panels, a pool blanket is critical for holding the heat in during the night. Solar is free, but if you're using a heat pump, you're throwing money down the drain as the heat is lost overnight. Plus, the blanket almost eliminates evaporation, meaning WAY less re-filling the pool with water.
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