12 Nov 2000 at 6:18 am #273864MasterPlumbersKeymaster
We just moved into a house with a hot water baseboard system that is less than a year old. We cannot seem to get enough heat out of them to heat the house. The thermostats seem to be working, and the boiler kicks on properly, what else could be wrong. Hurry!!! Winter is coming!!!!!
12 Nov 2000 at 12:44 pm #288720
Check for air vents, usually located at the radiators and other “high points” in the system. If they are the manual type then carefully open one. DON’T DO THIS WHEN THE WATER IS HOT! Turn of the power to the boiler and ensure the water supply to the boiler is opened.
Have a damp rag and a small cup or something to catch the water handy before attempting this. If the vents sputter then bleed them until the sputtering stops (steady flow of water). Do this at each vent working from the top down and back again until all air is purged from the system.
The contractor who installed the system may be willing, for a small fee, to show you as the homeowner the intricacies of the system that you need to know and he/she may be able to adjust and inspect it for proper operation.
Could be money well spent for peace of mind and future comfort.
13 Nov 2000 at 2:45 am #288721
Call a local licensed plumbing contractor, speak to them about showing you how to maintain your system AND ask about the possibility of installing a
out door indoor reset thermostat.
What this does is raise the indoor temperature 1 degree for every 2 degrees it drops out side automatically.
Hot water heating (hydronics) is great for the not so good heating guys as it forgives lots of heating sins in applications and designs.
For example if a boiler is under sized the water temperature can be raised to really high temperatures.
The installer can also play games wih the return delta and install non electric zone valves to keep the heating system really fine tuned.
Hot water heating (other then under slap kind) is the best out there for comfort and safety and longivity.
Very few things do wrong with these proven systems.
You most lightly need a few minor adjustments.
Enjoy your home .
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