The winter months put a lot of strain on your household heating system. The problems can be worse if you rely on radiant heating. The issues with these systems are a little different than forced-air heating. The following radiant heating problems can affect your home when you need your system the most:
Revising Boiler Equipment for Problems
The boiler provides the thermal energy to heat your home. It is also the most important equipment for your radiant heating system. Therefore, you will want to inspect this equipment for problems that include:
- Control panel and electrical wiring issues
- Problems with dirty tubing and the burner
- Issues with the boiler water pump that supplies radiators
These problems with the boiler need to be repaired to ensure your heating is working when you need it. Regularly cleaning your boiler equipment will help prevent a lot of these issues.
Issues With Air in the Radiant Heating System
Radiant heating is vulnerable to problems with air because it is a hydronic system. You want to make sure air is not in the system. When there is air in the radiators, they make dripping noises. To get the air out of the system, go around to all of the radiators and open the bleeder valves. Let the air out until only water trickles out of the valves and the dripping noises subside.
Mineral Buildup Problems With Radiant Heating
The mineral buildup can cause problems with the radiators of your heating system. There are a couple of solutions to prevent these issues. Using an antifreeze and closed system can help prevent these problems. If the buildup is causing issues with your heating, repairs will be needed. The system needs to be flushed and cleaned to remove this buildup. When the mineral buildup is severe, some radiators may need to be removed and thoroughly cleaned or replaced.
Damaged Radiant Heating Plumbing That Needs Repairs
The plumbing of your radiant heating is another area where you may have problems. These can be issues with damaged pipes, fittings, and other equipment. Common issues with radiant heating plumbing include:
- Leaking and damaged copper pipes
- Worn plumbing fittings and radiator valves
- Damaged radiant heating water pumps
These common radiant heating plumbing problems will need to be repaired if your system is not heating your home.
These are problems that you will have to deal with when you need your heating. Contact a heating repair service for help getting your radiant system working again when you need it.