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Schüco Slimline Package

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Pros: effective before failure

Cons: fogged glass

I have four Schuco solar thermal panels which have been installed for less than one year.  After less than nine months one of the panels developed fogged glass over about one-half of its inside surface.  The appearance is of a failed coating.   As the fogged glass will reduce thermal collection efficiency, I asked my installer to examine and contact Schuco for warranty replacement.  The installer inspected and agreed that the glass was fogged.  Schuco has declined to replace the panel and they have not contacted me directly but informed the installer that the glass is "normal."   Beware of Schuco if you expect a warranty to mean anything.  You should also be aware that the storage tanks provided by Schuco are converted electric hot water heaters and the largest size is not sufficient for two person household residential use.  Because the tank is glass lined, Schuco does not recommend heating above 140 degrees F.  As a result, the tank will reach that maximum temperature and the circulation pump shuts off, then the panel temperature soars above the operating range for the glycol and when the stored hot water is used and the tank temperature drops the circulation pump will not turn on until the sun is down.  Not an efficient operation!

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Pros: top quality

Cons: installer - documentation in German & lacking

 Top quality equipment - the installer was a painful experience - we have 3 panels installed

 

I turned off the electric backup on the tank 1 April & will turn it on again about 1 November.

 

Water temperatures reach 80 degrees C (176 F) most days in May. We had 10 people last weekend (a long holiday weekend) and needs were met. The tank temperature never dropped below 40 degrees C (104 F) with max use for showers.

 

It is difficult to find documentation - the website provides little of interest 

 

 

Schüco Slimline Package
Description:

Our solar thermal is a far cry from the old systems you may have seen. Our collectors are much more effective, and infinitely better-looking. We know you’re proud of your home, so we designed them with sleek lines; an attractive, smooth surface. They blend in perfectly with your roof line and make a statement about taste and innovation. These systems are Performance Certified when installed to SRCC OG300 Specifications and tank sizes. When properly installed and maintained, these systems meet the minimum standards established by SRCC. The SRCC certification does not imply endorsement or Warranty of this product by SRCC. Available in configurations (gas/electric auxiliary tank, etc). The unit's efficiency will vary based on the configuration. The specifications below are for an 80 gallon model with an electric auxiliary tank.

Details:
DetailValue
Additional FeaturesAvailable with gas or electric auxiliary tank
Volume Capacity80 gallons
Power SourceSolar
Freeze Tolerance-40 degrees F
Collector Panel TypeGlazed flat-plate collector
Total Solar Panel Area49.7 sq-ft.
Solar Energy Factor2.4
Release Date
Size
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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