4 Radiant Floor Heating System Maintenance Tips
A radiant floor heating system provides direct heating to floors and panels in walls as well as in the ceiling of a home. Radiant heating offers many advantages including higher heating efficiency and it is also an ideal heating solution for those who suffer from allergies. There are three different types to choose from including radiant air floors, electric radiant floors and also hot water radiant floors. Proper maintenance can ensure better results and less expenditure.
Flushing the System is not Required
Flushing the radiant floor heating system is generally not recommended, especially if there is already sufficient pressure in the system. Regular monitoring of the system however will pay good dividends and it also pays to ensure that this pressure remains in the range of 10 to 20 lbs. More importantly, it is necessary to first determine how much pressure is ideal for your system and then if pressure falls below the proper level, it is necessary to get a professional to solve the problem.
Dealing with Leaks
Radiant systems are by and large closed systems. Furthermore, these systems should provide long years of trouble-free service. However, leaks might develop which in the case of a leak in copper pipes can easily be repaired. If the pipes are made from steel, then a leak will warrant having to replace (not repair) the pipes. This is because a corroded steel pipe will have become so bad that only replacement will help solve the problem.
In modern radiant floor heating systems, the pumps generally work quietly as the system will already have been sealed in the factory. Older systems and older pumps will of course become noisy though this is not necessarily a sign that something is wrong. However, excessively noisy pumps can very well indicate that it is time to replace the pump.
Mostly, the pump fails because there may be a defect in the pressure relief valve and also in the reducing valve. Also, an expansion tank might develop rust; should these problems occur, the solution is in replacing the defective item.
The best way to maintain a radiant heating system is by giving it a thorough inspection which in turn should be done once in a year or even as infrequently as once in three years. A professional should be called in to do the inspection and a test to check pressure is also required in order to determine presence of any leaks.
The presence of leaks indicates that the system is no longer a closed one and this means that presence of oxygen in water will cause the pipes to corrode, which is a precursor to other and more serious problems.
As long as radiant floor heating systems are properly maintained, there is no reason why these systems will not last for many decades. The best part is that maintenance steps are very simple and as long as there is no messing around with the system, there is not going to be any need to affect any repairs. Proper maintenance will also ensure that the home remains warmer which is highly desirable.