Solar Above Ground Pool Heater

solar above ground pool heater
I own a Sun heater solar pool heater I feel it doesn’t work as well as it should.?

I think the water is rushing through the 2- 4 feet / 20 foot panels to quickly and the water is not getting a chance to heat up. similar to a automotive cooling system. someone sugested installing a diverter valve between the solar heater and the pool return so i can regulate the flow of water going through the heater. My pool is a 24 round above ground and I live in the NY area Thank You in advance.

Is you solar heater on a separate pump? If so, you can regulate it. If it’s on the same pump as your filter, then you shouldn’t slow the flow down unless you’re going to let the pump run longer. It might also put a lot of stress on your pump. Here are some suggestions: Do you have a solar cover for your pool? A lot of heat is lost at night. Do you run your solar heat during the warmest part of the day? If you run your solar system when it’s cloudy or cool outside, you’ll actually cool your water instead of warming it. I’m not sure the NY area is a good place for solar heating. I hear a lot of people up north say they gave up on the solar and went to either gas or electric. Hope this helps.

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