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    Default Solar hot water

    Our place has solar hot water. We've never had it before so sorry for the silly question. What happens when you have days/weeks of no sun and lots of rain? Do you run out? Is there a way to switch it over to electric so we don't run out?

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    the house we grew up in had that system. you’ll need to switch it over to electric for water heating. but it only heats what’s in the tank so once that’s run out, it’s cold. i hated it growing up. was ok in summer when it was consistently hot but winter was crap. my parents were stingy and would only switch it on when it was absolutely necessary so we were always running out of hot water. i wouldn’t trade my instant gas system now for anything.

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    I have Solar hot water, I can feel when the hot water is starting to run low, I can switch on the booster for about an hour and it's hell hot again.
    I had to do that I think 10 times during winter and one more time after 2 rainy days.

    Knowing what I do from work if I was going to get another hot water system it would be a heat pump. But the one I have works fine for now.

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    We have solar hot water with gas back up. The gas booster kicks on automatically as required.

    Guess it depends on what type of solar system you have?

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    We have a switch for the booster next to our kitchen light switches. It's rare that the solar is adequate during the winter, so I just turn the booster on first thing in the morning for half hour or so, then again in the late afternoon and that's usually enough to get us through.

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    OK next question

    Where would the switch or whatever be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheWarrior View Post
    OK next question

    Where would the switch or whatever be?
    didn’t the landlord/agent go over all this when you moved in!?

    ours was in the meter box on the front porch but no idea where they put them these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    didn’t the landlord/agent go over all this when you moved in!?

    ours was in the meter box on the front porch but no idea where they put them these days.
    Nope, we didn't even know it was solar hot water until we realised there was no hot water system and looked on the roof and saw the solar hot water system. It looks to be an older one (and its an old house). Will get Dh to check the meter box.

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    Do you have any "light" switches like this in the house?20181207_154828.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    Do you have any "light" switches like this in the house?Attachment 98444
    Yes, identical.


 

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