What You Will Find in This Chapter
This chapter includes information on the repair or replacement of solar system
components. The first section lists common components and whether to repair or
replace them. Then, specific procedures for particular components are described.
The chapter ends with a sample repair record sheet.
System inspection and troubleshooting are not covered. This chapter assumes the
reader has already determined what the problem is, and needs information on how
to fix it.
The information in Appendices A, B and C will be helpful in performing the
operations described in this chapter. A worksheet is provided at the end of this
5.1 REPAIR OR REPLACE?
Some components, such as collector glazings, can never be repaired, and must be
replaced. Others, such as mounting racks, are usually repaired rather than
However, most components can be repaired or replaced. In general, the decision to
repair or replace is based on:
availability of replacement parts
lead time for replacement parts
cost of replacement parts
difficulty of repair
5.1 REPAIR OR REPLACE