Editor’s note
The following abstract describes a publication that is only available as a downloadable PDF.

CoverDeveloped by Montana State University Extension and the University of Wyoming
Adapted with permission

This guide is one in the Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A): Solar Hot Water Applications for the Home, Farm or Ranch series. This one provides a list of inspections tips for maintaining a solar hot water system.


  • Collector shading
  • Collector glazing and seals
  • Heat transfer fluids
  • Piping, duct and wiring insulation
  • Plumbing and wiring connections
  • Pressure relief valve
  • Pumps
  • Roof penetrations
  • Storage systems
  • Support structures


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