We have had a Hills Solar evacuated tube solar hot water heater for a number of years now that provided cheap hot water year round. Recently we noticed that our hot water was not as hot as we were used to it. We put it down to a cold and cloudy winter. Although once we noticed that even on sunny days there was not much hot water available it was clear something was wrong.
Good thing you figure it out without spending lots of dollars. Solar hot water systems is really a great idea to used in every household.
ON Sun, 7 Oct 12, 4:26pm probably from Philippines Reply to this comment
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ON Fri, 24 May 13, 2:06pm probably from India Reply to this comment
Same problem hills evacuated tube system. Pump light on but no pumping. Pump not the problem. Open up controller box and press the relay, then there's clicking, and then pump starts.What relay did you use?
ON Sat, 30 Nov 13, 6:28am probably from Australia Reply to this comment
Unsolder the relay and take it to jaycar to get a replacement, around $5. Your contacts have become pitted.
ON Wed, 4 Dec 13, 11:15am probably from Australia Reply to this comment
Thanks Eco Guy and Steven for taking the time to lodge the problem and solution. Same issue for me with my Hills Solar Controller. At first I thought it was the pump, but after tapping the controller and then the relay, I realised the problem was in the controller. Anyway, Swapped the relay with a new one from Jaycar. Now working fine. $8 is way better than a few hundred.
ON Thu, 5 Dec 13, 10:08am probably from Australia Reply to this comment
Eco Guy (and Omots) I know this thread is a bit old but I've no alternative . . . How can I identify the relay? There is a marking on the board of RL3 - is the relay on the reverse of this? Is the changeover foolproof? Incidentally it's a Hills Esteem system . . . Thanks.
ON Wed, 16 Jul 14, 4:56am probably from Australia Reply to this comment
The relay will be the (usually black or clear) plastic box with 8 soldered pins on it (2 for the coil, and 6 for the switch). The pins are of standard centers so an equivalent relay should fit with no problem - just take the old one to Jaycar to be sure
ON Tue, 22 Jul 14, 7:24am probably from Australia Reply to this comment
I have a Hills Esteem II solar hws with a Er2 light on the controller and a T1 light showing - anyone know what this means. I am quoted $1375 to replace the controller and pump but I am not even sure what is wrong as the troubleshooting in the manual supplied is useless.
ON Tue, 11 Feb 20, 2:00am probably from Australia Reply to this comment
Our hills solar is not working red light is flashing on controller can someone tell me what this red light means thanks Colin symonds
ON Mon, 13 Dec 21, 8:33am probably from Australia Reply to this comment
Hi. we have an older Hills solar powered hot water system. It was in the house when we purchased the house.The hot water supply is working perfectly but about a week ago I bumped the control box and the red collector sensor light started flashing. I turned eveything off, took out the plug and switched it back on. It continued to flash. It stopped after a few days but has started again. Everything seems to be working and we have plenty of hot water. What should I do> Thanks. Bob.
ON Mon, 2 May 22, 1:02am probably from Australia Reply to this comment
I have same system and problem. Except I don't need to tap it, just squeezing a bit does the trick. It seems the cover has distorted slightly with time and is somehow preventing the relay operating. I've put a small clamp across the cover and it's all fine now. I'll take it apart some time and see if I can fix it properly!
ON Fri, 10 Jun 22, 11:53pm probably from Australia Reply to this comment
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