I have a solar hot water heater system installed in my house. It works in conjunction with an electric water heater. Well, I'm planning on replacing the roof this week, and I am debating on whether to just toss the solar system. I will have to remove the panels anyways to lay down the new roof. I just don't know if it is worth reinstalling the panels. The system is 26 years old and the circulator pump seems to run constantly. The pump pulls less than 1 amp at 115volts. What is the typical life expectancy of a solar hot water system. Are they even cost effective anymore?
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