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Question DetailsAsked on 2/12/2016

in need of removal of solar panels for our water heater

water heater is located in garage.two solar panels located on roof.

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I would use a Plumber to disconnect the plumbing - capping it off at the water heater without significant stubout if any, because leave abandoned line in place with water in it and you will get it going stagnant and sulferous, causing premature line failure, especially in metal piping or fittings. Even if it does not hurt the pipes, bad taste and odor from the stagnant water can infiltrate the system - especially at any time the pressure drops significantly or the system is partly drained for maintenance.

I would then contact a Solar Panel contractor or a Roofer for removal and disposal - if newer panels and still working a solar heating contractor might give you a small credit for them.

If the roof is not leaking and the mounting brackets are not to obtrusive, you could just have them unbolted and removed, leaving the mounts till the roof is replaced in the future. If you want the mounts removed too, then I would go with a Roofer (assuming these are man-handleable rather than so large they need a crane) because they are a lot more qualified to patch the resultant hole in the roofing.

BTW - here is a prior response I gave to a similar question a while back, for a larger size unit which the owner wanted to recycle -

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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