What Is A Solar Hot Water Heater and How Does It Work?

Solar Water HeaterUnlike gas water heaters, tankless water heaters or electric water heaters, a solar hot water heater uses the energy of the sun to heat water for your home. They are similar to solar panels only in that they sit on your roof or somewhere that receives a lot of sunlight.

Solar water heaters come in a couple different variations: Active and Passive.

Active Solar Water HeaterWith an active solar water heater, a pump circulates either a refrigerant or water through the solar collector. This heats the water or refrigerant and then sends it back to the hot water tank where it is stored.

Passive solar water heaters don’t use pumps. Instead, hot and cold water is circulated through Passive Solar Water Heaterthe collector using the process of convection which causes warm water to rise and cold water to sink. In cold climates, solar hot water heaters are often used to prime the cold water before it heads to the traditional tank hot water heater. However, in desert climates like in Arizona, solar hot water heater could potentially provide all of the hot water for your home.


The expert plumbers at Option One provide fast and reliable solar hot water heater repairs. If your current solar hot water heater isn’t working well, our plumbers can perform repairs on it. We have experience working with all different types and brands of solar water heaters. Even if we didn’t install the unit, we can still repair it. Give us a call today to learn more about our plumbing repair services.


Solar Water Heater RepairFor all your solar hot water maintenance needs, call the expert plumbers at Option One Plumbing. We know how important the hot water is to your home. That’s why regular professional maintenance by a licensed plumber is so important. Option One Plumbing can work with you to set up a regular maintenance schedule that can improve the efficiency of your system and also potentially reduce repairs. Regular maintenance is a great way to extend the life of your solar hot water heater and make sure that you and your family will have hot water whenever you need it.