Solar Thermal Systems Components FAQs

Solar Thermal Systems Components FAQs

How Do I Balance The Flow of My Collectors?

How Do I Balance The Flow of My Collectors?  I have 2 arrays of 6. Use balancing valves, 1 on the cold side for each array. This will allow you to adjust the flow in each array and optimize your collectors output. SunMaxx Carries these for a variety of applications from small residential (2-7 Gallons Per Minute) all the way...

Do I Need To Mix The Glycol I Purchased From SunMaxx With Water?

Do I Need To Mix The Glycol I Purchased From SunMaxx With Water? No. You can commission your system with glycol strait out of the container. Our XMaxx Glycol Solution is not only premixed with distilled water but also made with bio-based raw materials and uses 20% less energy to produce than standard propylene glycol!

I Just Got Finished Installing My Solar Thermal System, Its About 3pm and The Sun Has Been Shining All Day. Should I Begin Commissioning The System With Heat Transfer Fluid?

I Just Got Finished Installing My Solar Thermal System, Its About 3pm and The Sun Has Been Shining All Day.  Should I Begin Commissioning The System With Heat Transfer Fluid? NO!!!  This is dangerous.  If your collectors have been sitting in the sun all day they have been heating up.  As soon as you introduce the Heat Transfer Fluid in...

What Are My Options For Heat Exchangers?

What are my options for Heat Exchangers? SunMaxx offers a wide variety of Heat Exchanger options for your solar system. External Brazed Plates are available for applications from 50,000 BTU's to 160,000 BTU's. SunMaxx also offers Air to Water Heat Exchangers from 60,000 BTU's to 220,000 BTU's allowing your solar system to be utilized in central forced hot air applications....

What Is A Pump Station And How Do I Size It?

What Is A Pump Station And How Do I Size It? SunMaxx's Pump Stations are an all in one solar hot water component featuring a circulator pump, a digital controller and valves engineered to keep your system circulating the solar heat transfer fluid through the collectors and into the storage tank. SunMaxx will size a pump station specific to your...

What Is The Difference Between Flat Plates And Evacuated Tube Collectors?

What is the difference between Flat Plates and Evacuated Tube Collectors? While both types of collectors capture the suns energy and convert it to hot water each have there own advantages. Evacuated Tube Collectors are best used in northern climates where freezing can occur and can be utilized in areas where temperatures drop down to -60°F. Evacuated Tubes are are...

What type of splice should I use when joining sensor cables to system wiring?

What type of splice should I use when joining sensor cables to system wiring? Do not use wire nuts or connectors. Solder all wire connections, and cover them with shrink wrap tubing. Additionally, since most shrink wrap tubing is not rated as high temp or UV resistant, make sure that those connections are tucked inside UV sheathing, but outside the...