Rheem, Edwards & Solahart Solar Hot Water Review
Flat panel and roof mounted
There are many considerations when choosing the best solar hot water system for your needs. Roof mounted tank systems are usually chosen because of their simplicity and because of the space they save on the ground. Unfortunately, they can be among the least efficient of all solar hot water systems.
Although you may find bad reviews about these roof mounted tank systems (compared to the evacuated tube systems), this may be attributed to the vast number of systems which have been installed in the Canberra Queanbeyan region over many years compared to the number of evacuated tube systems.
Rheem hot water owns Solahart and Edwards Solar. Despite the reviews, my experience tells me to recommend the Rheem, Edwards and Solahart systems as a reliable option to anyone considering a roof mounted solar hot water system.
Stainless steel hot water tanks and vitreous enamel steel hot water tanks are available in all three brands.
Roof mounted, flat panel systems have the tank installed on the roof above the solar hot water collectors. They do not require a pump and work on the principles of a thermosiphon. They generally do not freeze because the heat transfer fluid in the collectors contains an anti-freeze anti-boil agent called Glycol. Because they are basic, the maintenance and repair costs are extremely low. As they are all owned by Rheem, parts are very easy to source and Rheem has had many years to perfect their product.
Most models suited to Canberra and Queanbeyan are in the 180-300 litre range with two panels. Electric boosting is better than gas boosting unless you do not have a reliable source of electricity.
The most common models of Rheem roof mounted solar hot water systems in Canberra are:
- Rheem Premier Hiline 52H series 300 52H300K/2S
- Rheem Premier Hiline 52H series 180 51H180K/1S
- Rheem RLX180 Stainless Steel
- Rhemm RLX305 Stainless Steel
The most common models of Solahart roof mounted solar hot water systems in Canberra are:
- Solahart 180J series
- Solahart 220J series
- Solahart 300J series
- Solahart 440J series
The Most Common models of Edwards solar hot water systems in Canberra are:
- Edwards L180
- Edwards L305
- Edwards L440
- Edwards LX180
- Edwards LX305
The 4 other solar hot water categories are;
- The best heat pumps – Domestic solar hot water systems
- The best premium evacuated tube – Domestic solar hot water systems
- The best commercial solar hot water- Evacuated Tubes and Heat pumps
We can repair and service all of these models and install Edwards Solar and Rheem solar hot water systems for you.