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Old 19th September 2015, 09:39   #1 (permalink)
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Solar/Electric Water Heater

I wonder if anyone can advise me.

I have both a solar water heating system on my roof and electric water heater in cupboard downstairs in my house. The problem I have is when I need to use my electric water heater on days when there is no sun in Winter the only way I can do this is to go on the roof and move the water lever so that the water comes directly through my electric heater.

Does anyone know if there is a way round this.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 19th September 2015, 09:52   #2 (permalink)
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When I lived in Bodrum I ran the hot water (warm in Spring and summer) directly into my electric water boiler in the bathroom as a 'cold water feed' so that in summer I never had the electric boiler on, but on cooler days it was being used to boost water that was already warm.
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Re: Solar/Electric Water Heater

imo the only way you can fix this is an on off valve somewhere on ground level that feeds the solar panels. I had this problem .
I had the same problem but could not locate the feed pipe so fitted an electric shower, to save heating a full boiler all the time.
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Re: Solar/Electric Water Heater

Thank you for that.

So just to make sure I have understood you correctly. If I have the water which comes from my solar heating system directed to the electric water heater, in other words just use it as a reservoir that will do the trick. In the event of no sun then just turn electric heater on. Hot water from one source or the other all the year round.
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Re: Solar/Electric Water Heater

Stuart, just read your post. If I cannot manage to redirect the water supply then an electric shower to be used just when no hot water is available might be an easy solution to the problem. Thank you.
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Stuart, just read your post. If I cannot manage to redirect the water supply then an electric shower to be used just when no hot water is available might be an easy solution to the problem. Thank you.
Worked for me, very economical just heats the water you are using at the time. however advised to get an electrician to wire it up for you.
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But you need to look at the power rating for an 'instant shower' it may be up to 7kW can your supply cope with this?
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Thanks for that Ibrahim, if the supply can't be redirected I will certainly discuss a shower with an electrician before I buy one. Thanks once again.
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