When wanting to reduce costs and be more efficient with home heating, then using radiant heat is a good way to do it. Traditionally, radiant heating is fitted below the floor, but it can also be placed in either the walls or the ceiling above. This is because the warmth is spread across the room from any starting point. With that said, a floor install is preferred due to the fact that it’s nearest to your body most of the time.
Here are four maintenance tips for owners of radiant floor heating systems.
1. Leak Management
With Heavenly Heat floor heating systems, you won’t have a problem with leaks, but it’s still a good idea to know what to do just in case.
Most leaks occur through general usage and not because of a faulty installation or low-quality equipment. Wear and tear will naturally happen with any system eventually, especially one that’s used daily during the colder spells.
Spotting a leak in one of the copper pipes is a clear indication that it will have to be repaired. A leak with radiant heatingmeans that it’s no longer a closed system. As a result, oxygen penetrates the pipes which can lead to early corrosion and likely less energy efficiency too. Book an appointment to get a leak resolved should it happen.
2. Avoid Flushing the System
While you might believe that you can flush the system yourself as part of the maintenance in your home, don’t do it. This could create problems that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise.
Let a professional flush the system if that’s what they decide is absolutely necessary. Often, it’s not needed. When the pressure inside is high enough, a flushing process is not required. Usually, the pressure is maintained between 10-20 pounds.
Keep an eye on the pressure levels daily to ensure the system stays within this range. Contact a radiant floor professional if you spot it dipping below 10 pounds or it is steadily falling for no apparent reason.
3. Excessive Noise
Mot radiant heaters operate without discernable noise. Minimal noise is dulled by the flooring above it. However, the older a system becomes, the noisier it will get and that’s to be expected.
The pumping system is produced and fully sealed before leaving the manufacturer. If the noise during operation becomes significant, it could indicate a pump’s seal has broken. Depending on the age of the system, it will either need fixing or a full replacement. If you’re hearing excessive noise, get it checked promptly.
4. Full Inspection
Getting a yearly inspection of your radiant heating system is a sensible precaution to verify everything is functioning as it should. Sometimes, this can avoid a system worsening because a part wasn’t replaced, or it wasn’t maintained in other important ways.
Skipping a yearly maintenance check is a bad idea as it usually means getting into the habit of repeatedly doing so.
By taking care of your radiant heating setup, it should last many years to come. By ensuring it is maintained properly, any issues are attended to quickly and are fully resolved. This usually will extend the life of the system as a result.
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