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Having seen a degradation in my solar water heating system’s operation over the last year or so I was a bit stuck for understanding what was going wrong, after all  there’s not much to go wrong.

A bit of rummaging around in the attic showed what the problem was, rat or rats had eaten through about a foot of the insulation, just next to where there was a draught!   I replaced the insulation, taped it up and the taps were running hot again!

So, if your solar water heating system is running just not up to scratch, check the pipes running between the roof mounted collectors and the hot water tank, they really must be well insulated!


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