Stay Warm With These Four Trouble Shooting And Maintenance Tips For Your Radiant Heating System

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As the weather is getting colder, your heating is working double time to heat your home. If you have radiant heating in your home, there are some maintenance chores you will need to do to keep your home warm. This can include cleaning the boiler to keep it working efficiently, or getting air out of the lines of the radiators. If you do some common maintenance tasks for your system, it will work much better. Here are four tips that will help keep your heating working all winter long:

1. Make Sure Your System Always Has, Gas, Oil Or Other Heating Fuel

There are many different types of heating systems that use radiant heating to heat your home. They can be fueled with gas, oil or biomass fuels, and it is important that your system has plenty of fuel. This is not only so you will have fuel for heating, but it will also prevent problems that are caused when your furnace or boiler is low on fuel, because the debris does not get in the system and your system will work much more smoothly.

2. Test Your System Before The Weather Gets Too Cold

With any type of heating system, it is important to test your system before the weather gets really cold. This will let you know if there are any problems that you need to have the heating repair service to fix. You will also be able to see what maintenance needs to be done, such as repairing a radiator or heating appliance in a certain area of your home. Testing the system a head of time, will give you time to address any problems before you really need your heating.

3. Clean The Boiler Or Furnace Often

With radiant heating systems, it is important to clean the furnace or boiler. Heating oil systems may need to be cleaned when you have the oil tanks filled. Some systems, such as biomass heating systems, will require cleaning throughout the cold months when you are using your heating. This is because they produce a lot of ash and soot, which needs to be cleaned for the system to work properly. You will also want to check exhaust pipes and clean them when you are cleaning your system to ensure that it has good airflow and ventilation.

4. Remove Air From The Lines In Your Heating

Radiant heating systems will usually use radiators or other heating appliances that circulate water or other liquids through them. These systems can become full of air, and when the liquid does not circulate through them, your system will not heat your home effectively. This is why it is important to release the air from the system, which is done by turning the system on and opening a small air valve on the radiators until liquid comes out of them. When you open the valve, they will have pressurized air in them. Let the radiator hiss until more liquid is coming out than air. This can also be done with boilers on systems that have in-floor heating or do not have pressure valves on the heating appliances (i.e. some baseboard heating systems).                                                                                               

These are some things that you can do to make sure your heating is working as it should. If you are having any problems with your system, or need help with some of these maintenance tasks, contact a heating repair professional to help keep you system heating your home.

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