Tuesday, March 16, 2021

2021 The Solar Hot Water Tuneup Explained, What and Why

What is the Solar Tuneup?    Why do the Solar Tune-up?

Very Important to do the Tune-Up at least every 3 years, to protect your system and keep warranties in effect!

Resolve to take better care of your Hot Water Solar. Scroll down to see what the tuneup is and why you should do it every three years.   In the long run it sets you at peak efficiency/ higher savings and avoids costly maintenance.   A lower system changeout runs $4000 to $5000 and panel changes can be up to $2000 each.

Doing the Solar Tune-Up is EASY!   It just takes an EMAIL to


or a phone call to 265-5971, and we will make it happen.

TUNEUP Sale Price until 9-31-2021----    $300 all tax included, Normally $425 plus tax

If your pressure relief valve doesn't work when it needs to (solar=high temp=high pressure), you can rupture up your house piping and if the piping is under the concrete slab, it can cost $8000 or more to fix.

Email (best) or call to be assured of a slot in the sale price.    We try to do 3 Tune ups a day, in the same neighborhood, so after you Email (or call) we will contact you with a proposed  date for the neighborhood.

What is the Solar Tuneup?

The tuneup takes time and skill, it is a serious service: We replace 3 important parts, not JUST an anode change which some people pretend is a "tune up".

Tune-up prevents rust out, extends system life and prevents over pressure pipe leaks.

Hawaii’s water can be hard on hot water systems, the water chemistry is not good, with calcium and silica being the main culprits.    Hawaii water is corrosive. A small investment now can prevent huge repair bills later.

Email to solsen@pacific-energy.com
(or call 265-5971)

There are THREE important parts that require periodic replacement, and we do a complete check on the system, controller, pump, valves, temperature sensors.

1)      Sacrificial Anode Rod (keeps the whole system from rusting, just like a Zinc on a boat)
2)      Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve (P&T) – Keeps pipes from bursting in the house or under the slab
3)      Pressure Relief Valve – Same, keeps pipes and the solar panels from bursting, except up at the roof level. 
4) Coat all rooftop insulation with a special UV coating, that insulation takes a beating on the hot roof.
5) Re-seal the pipe penetrations through the roof if they need it.    This is your number one change for a leak, so getting it re-sealed is a strong protection.
6) And we will do a thorough flush of the whole system, including the tank, solar pipes, and panels.
Do you know that the customer is supposed to be doing an annual flush of the tank and panels?    It only takes ten minutes?    Do you know how?    If not this is the perfect time for the technician to give you the training or retraining, on what you should be doing.

See picture at the right...a clogged up P&T relief valve.    This may not open, causing a house pipe to over pressure and rupture.

Recently, we have heard about companies offering a “Tune Up” service, and rather than replace the Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve (PTR), that state that they will “inspect” the parts and replace if necessary.   We find this to be misleading, since you cannot inspect a P&T Relief Valve in the field.    It would have to be done in a lab/shop.    It's really just a way for them to get out of there more quickly, while leaving you at risk.

We always replace the PTR. If the PTR fails to operate when your tank gets hot and the pressure builds, that pressure might blow a hole in any of your pipes.Those pipes may be on your roof, or underground... Or under your house. If something were to happen, and Murphy got in the act, where would it happen?   Of course it would be in the most expensive place to fix, under the house slab

We always replace the Pressure Relief valve at the panel which protects your panels and piping.

We always replace the Anode which keeps your system from rusting.

All taxes included, does not include any other system problems that we may troubleshoot for you if you are indicating that the system is not performing properly.

See Standard Pricing Sheet the technician will have----for replacement of other components like pumps, controllers, temp sensors, etc.    Email us if you want a copy via email.

If you don’t already have a Solar Attic Fan or would like an Additional Solar Attic Fan let us know ahead of time, we do a $150 discount on the Solar Attic Fan, which comes with a 25 year warranty and is the best on the market.  

In asphalt shingle, the NET cost after tax credits is around $380!   Do this before you suffer through another summer or have to pay high air-conditioning bills.

Email to solar@pacific-energy.com today to schedule your 3-Year Preventive Maintenance Service at this low price!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Easy Method To Stop A Leak At The Yellow "Combination Valve"

It's really easy to stop a leak at the yellow valve with the long handle.Remove the valve handle by turning the outer nutBelow that is another thinner nut shaped device.   This adjusts the "valve packing" and turning it clockwise will tighter the pressure on the packing and seal off the leak.We ask customers to try this fix so we don't have to spend hours on a truck roll for something that can be fixed in 3 minutes.

Enphase Lithium Battery $1000 Rebate, Ends March 15th. It's Called Encharge And Comes With Auto Transfer Switch


The above is the link to upload install agreements and then if you get it installed by June 30th 2021, you can get the rebate.


Enphase Energy Promotion

Terms and Conditions

Hurry! March 15, 2021 is the last day to upload agreements

Subject to the following terms and conditions, Enphase will pay Eligible Participants a $500 rebate for each qualifying Enphase® Encharge™ 10 battery storage unit, and a $166 rebate for each qualifying Enphase Encharge 3 battery storage unit, newly purchased between December 7, 2020 and February 28, 2021, and fully commissioned between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 (up to a maximum rebate of $1,000 per household).

Enphase Energy Promotion Terms and Conditions 

Promotion Period: This Enphase Energy Promotion (“Promotion”) starts on December 7, 2020 and ends on June 30, 2021.

Promotion: Subject to the following terms and conditions, Enphase will pay Eligible Participants a $500 rebate for each qualifying Enphase® Encharge™ 10 battery storage unit, and a $166 rebate for each qualifying Enphase Encharge 3 battery storage unit, newly purchased between December 7, 2020 and February 28, 2021, and fully commissioned between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 (up to a maximum rebate of $1,000 per household).

Eligible Participants: The Promotion is open to only to residents of the 50 United States and Puerto Rico who own an Enphase IQ™, M215, or M250 microinverter-based PV system that is installed and fully commissioned (as reflected in the Enphase® Enlighten™ system) prior to the Promotion Period (each a “Qualifying PV System”).

 Storage Product Purchase Period: Enphase Encharge 10 and Enphase Encharge 3 battery storage products newly purchased for use with a Qualifying PV System between December 7, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Encharge battery storage units purchased for PPA and leased systems are not eligible for this Promotion. 

Registration Period: 8:00 a.m. December 7, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2021 (all dates/times are Pacific Time).  

Commissioning Period: Qualifying Products must be commissioned between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 to be eligible for the rebate.

Registration Process: During the Registration Period, Eligible Participants must (a) enter into a new agreement to purchase at least one (1) Qualifying Products and (b) complete their Program registration at https://www.enphase.com/go/rebate-register. Registration will not be complete unless Eligible Participant provides all requested information and uploads a copy of their new Qualifying Product purchase agreement reflecting a purchase date during the Registration Period (the “Purchase Contract”). Only newly purchased Qualifying Products shown in the Purchase Contract uploaded during the Registration Period and fully commissioned (as reflected in the Enphase Enlighten system) during the Commissioning Period will qualify for the rebate.  

MiscellaneousThis offer is invalid and rebate checks are void if not cashed within 90 days of issuance and cannot be re-issued. If the address at which the Qualifying Product is installed and commissioned, as reflected in the Enphase Enlighten™ system, (the “Site Address”), does not match the address reflected in the Eligible Participant’s registration information (including, without limitation, the Purchase Contract) Enphase will have no obligation to pay the rebate. All rebates will be mailed to the Site Address within six (6) weeks of the Qualified Product(s) being commissioned. Delivery to P.O. Boxes is not accepted. Enphase reserves the right to request additional information to validate rebate claims. This offer is non-transferrable. Enphase’s Privacy Policy (https://enphase.com/en-us/legal/privacy-policy) applies to all personal information submitted in the Promotion registration process. Enphase will not be responsible for garbled, incorrect, incomplete, or delayed submissions, nor will Enphase be responsible for problems uploading or downloading the Purchase Contract or for any other technical malfunctions of networks, the internet, electronic equipment, the Enlighten system, or websites. Enphase reserves the right to suspend or terminate this Promotion without notice. This Promotion is void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law.