Mangled baseboard fins?


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Old 10-31-05, 09:34 PM
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Question Mangled baseboard fins?

After taking off the baseboard covers to paint them, I saw that some of the fins were pretty bent. While the pipes aren't leaking or anything, I was wondering if this is limiting the heat out-put?

It's a hot water system with an oil boiler.

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Old 11-01-05, 06:10 PM
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Baseboard fins

It does limit the heat output to some degree (sorry no pun intended). How much depends on how mashed the fins are. Often with patience & a pair of needle nose pliers, you can do a pretty good job of repairing them.
 
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The previous owner must 've jammed them with the vacuum or something.

 
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I have some (also neglect from previous owner) that have much dust and dirt stuck between the fins. I wondered if that hurts heat output?? A vacuum will not pull it out and I am not sure how to clean it out.
 
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Cleaning Baseboard

Built up dust & lint can & does hurt heat output. You can use any kind of fairly soft brush to "sweep" the contaminants out of the fins. A paint brush will work. Another, but far messier, way is to use a shop vac with the hose hooked up to blow.
 
 

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