I bought the $40 repair tool kit from Fafco solar panels which only comes
with 10 rubber stoppers:
Since it takes four plugs per leak, and since I have dozens of leaks, I
also bought (at about $1.50 each), dozens of additional plugs (and I'm
quickly using them all up trying to stop the leaks in the Fafco solar
I'm ok for this job - but - I was wondering if you guys know of a cheaper
alternative similarly shaped rubber plug I can find online?
It's not a lot of money ($1.50 per plug) but it's highway robbery
considering it's 'just' a plug of rubber in a cone shape.
Do you guys have an idea for second sourcing these cone-shaped rubber
stoppers somewhere else online?
On Mon, 28 May 2012 08:14:50 +0000 (UTC), "Arklin K."
You can do the same thing the company selling them did and get them
for pennies. First, have a mold made for $10,000 or more, test
different rubber compounds until you find the one that has the right
temperature, UV resistance, durometer, etc, and order a few thousand
of them and then you can get them for pennies.
To get your investment back, you can sell them to others too. What do
you think a fair price would be?
The Fafco solar heating panels are warranted for life - BUT - but only to
the original owner. What a scam. Why would it matter if you're the
original owner or not? The panel is still the same panel.
Mine has the peculiar problem of two things combining:
1. The panels are the 'fancy' ones with little whorls in each of the
thousands of tubes. Guess where the leak ALWAYS is? It's in the whorl
itself where the rubber is thinnest. Don't get the fancy whorls!!!!!!!!!
2. Mine is, unfortunately, fifteen feet below the pool so water stays in
during the winter even when it's drained and shut off, I think. I'm not
sure, because I don't know for sure, but that's what Pico Solar told me
who professionally installed the panels.
Personally, I'm so fed up with these Fafco solar panels that I feel like
writing to the company to say they suck because of one or more of three
a) Bad materials (the whorl in particular)
b) Bad installation (fifteen feet below the pool)
c) Bad maintenance (I can't speak for the prior maintenance but I 'do'
open the faucet at the bottom of the panels every winter
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On 5/28/2012 3:23 PM, Arklin K. wrote:
BTW. Is that a full replacement life time warranty? Or one of those
where you get a lowering percentage as they age? Something doesn't quite
square up here. You probably need to read the fine print on that one.
On Mon, 28 May 2012 18:24:54 +0000 (UTC), "Arklin K."
Scam? It is plainly written what the deal is. If they did not
warrant them for the original owner only, you'd see a more realistic 5
year or 10 year warranty. Nothing lasts forever, just ask the
dinosaurs. Or people that sold shave ice 20,000 years ago and had a
free supply of ice.
You can not blame the manufacturer for:
Deterioration due to sunlight...
The installer's poor choice of locating the system...
The previous owner's lack of proper care and
Are these panels on a direct loop circulating
the pool water through them ? Or are they
indirect circulating a fixed concentration of
a completely compatible anti-freeze mixture
like polypropylene glycol to a heat storage/
exchange tank ?
A direct loop system circulating pool water
through the fragile solar panels is why you
are having problems, there is chemical
action taking place between the rubber
tubes in your panel and the water which
is going to shorten the life of the panels...
You would want to use the approved repair
kit sold by the manufacturer if you want
to not have problems... The bigger issue
you seem to have is why you are not
addressing the systems issue with your
pool equipment -- i.e. it is poorly arranged
and installed, it is left exposed to the
elements and it is causing problems...
Your leaky pipes and valves are a combination
of the wear and tear from the water pumping
through and the fact that you have black
plastic ABS piping left exposed to the sun...
Work on resolving the meta issues by sheltering
the pool equipment so it does not needlessly
deteriorate even further and then you can re-plumb
it little by little as more leaks appear...
P.S. if you don't want green algae growing in
your filters you need to look at alternatives
in water treatment to prevent that growth but
you will never be able to clean it all out of a
filter once it has turned green...
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