If you have a radiant heating system for your home, there are unique problems that you will have to deal with throughout winter. During winter storms, you may need to identify problems and have repairs done. What do you need to do to troubleshoot and repair your radiant heating?
Failing Water Pumps
Often, the boilers of radiant heating systems are on lower levels of homes. This can cause problems with radiators. Water pumps are used to solve this problem by circulating water through the heating system. The problems that you may have with your system could be due to these water pump issues:
- Buildup causing the pump to malfunction
- Worn bushings and pump parts that need to be replaced
- Pumps that are damaged and need to be replaced
Air Filling Radiators
The radiators deliver the heat to your home, and air in the system can cause your home to be cold. Getting the air out of the system is important to ensure radiators are heating your home. This heating system maintenance needs to do several times throughout the year. If any radiator valves are frozen due to wear, you will need to have a heating repair service replace them. Follow these simple steps to bleed the air out of your radiators:
- Turn the thermostat to heating
- Open the valve on the boilers
- Wait to hear dripping noises
- Open bleeder valves on radiators to release air
Boiler Control Panel Problems
The boiler is another area where you may have problems with your heating system. To start, you want to make sure that the boiler is clean before you start using your heating. The boiler has a main control panel, which can go bad. Usually, the control unit cannot be repaired unless it is an issue with the wiring. Therefore, upgrading the control unit may be the best solution to solve the problem.
Issues With Radiant Heating Thermostats
Lastly, the problem with your heating may be due to thermostats failing. If your system is zoned with separate control panels, you will want to check all the units. Test thermostat units to make sure they work and replace batteries if needed. If the main thermostat control panel is old and outdated, you may want to have it replaced.
The problems with your radiant heating can easily be solved if you know how to troubleshoot these issues. For more information about heating repair, contact a local HVAC contractor.