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Posted by SJC on April 9, 2006, 12:21 am
 
I would not drill any holes, and I would keep the warranty.
I would just reseal the top and see how it works.
Heliodyne makes good collectors. If all is installed as it
should be, they have a long record of working fine.




Posted by Solar Flare on April 9, 2006, 1:44 am
 
If the condensation happened once it will most likely continue to
happen.

Without a proper pressure equalization vent it usually does.

I would not drill any holes, and I would keep the warranty.
I would just reseal the top and see how it works.
Heliodyne makes good collectors. If all is installed as it
should be, they have a long record of working fine.




Posted by Tom on April 9, 2006, 5:09 am
 Solar Flare wrote:

There are three small holes in the bottom and three at the top of the
collector. I assumed these were for pressure relief. These six holes
(actually rectangular openings cut into the lip of the collector) are
hidden by the lip of the glazing frame when it is put on top of the
collector and fastened down.

Yesterday was the first ever day the collector operated without any
condensation under the glass. Perhaps allowing it to dry out had
something to do with it.

I'm still very suspicious of the lack of a seal between the glazing
frame and the collector frame, as mentioned in my other recent post.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Tom

Posted by Solar Flare on April 9, 2006, 4:35 pm
 Like somebody else siad. Manufactured in humid conditions?

Maybe this has all been looked after and would have cleared in a few
weeks of good heat??



Posted by Tom on April 9, 2006, 5:02 am
 SJC wrote:

Thanks for the reply. First thing, there was no seal between the frame
containing the glazing and the collector itself. No silicone. No
elastomer. Zilch. No evidence of any kind of seal at all. Both facing
surfaces were sealed metal to metal only and with only the sheet metal
screws on the sides holding it in place. When I took off the glazing
frame I was blown away that there was no seal. Now I don't want to say
that somehow the manufacturer omitted it, just state the fact that it
was not there. This isn't a witch hunt, I just want it to work.

Should the glazing frame be sealed to the collector? Heliodyne provides
three small air holes (vents?) at the top of the collector and at the
bottom of the collector so there is a place for vapor to escape. But am
I losing energy potential by having no seal on the surfaces between
glazing frame and unit? That's a lot of area for heat to escape the
collector.

All opinions are warmly welcomed.

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