Spring is the time when your home's heating system is put to rest for the season. If you have radiant floor heating, this is also a good time for an annual maintenance visit. If you have hydronic radiant heat, the following maintenance guide can help you know what tasks need to be done.
Water is supplied to the radiant floor pipes via a system that depends on proper water pressure. If the water pressure is too high, there is a risk of leaks or a burst heating pipe. Overly low water pressure means the hot water doesn't move through the pipes efficiently, which can lead to cold spots and poor heating. Your heating contractor can check the pressure in the pipes and install a pressure regulator if the degree of water pressure needs to be adjusted.
Even a small leak in the radiant system can lead to major damages, especially since a leak can persist for some time beneath the floorboards before you notice the problem. During spring maintenance, your heating contractor will perform an infrared test to look for possible leaks under the floorboards. If a leak is found, then the problem can be repaired before extensive damage occurs.
Pump and Valve Inspection
As the pumps move hot water through the radiant floor system, a system of valves ensures the water is delivered right where it needs to go. These pumps and valves must be inspected annually to make sure they are functioning properly. Pumps may require tuning up and lubrication. Valves must be checked for leaks and replaced if they are beginning to fail. An annual service ensures that these parts of the system won't break down when you need heat most.
Most hydronic radiant floor systems have the hot water delivered from some type of boiler. Your service contractor must also verify that the boiler isn't leaking and that all of its parts are clean and functioning properly. The pressure release valve requires a safety check and the temperature inside the boiler must be monitored to ensure that the boiler isn't overheating. Gas boilers will need an inspection of the fuel valve and ignition system to verify that there are no leaks or malfunctions. For electric boilers, most professionals will check that the wiring is in good repair and there are no shorts.
Contact a company like Phil's Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. for more help in maintaining your heating system.Share