Considered a safe, reliable, comfortable, affordable, and energy-efficient way to heat your home, hydronic heating systems have seen their popularity soar in recent years. These heating systems deliver warmth to a house by pumping hot water to radiators installed on the walls, floors, or both. The heated water runs through a series of insulated pipes to prevent heat losses.
If you have a hydronic heating system in your home, you'll have to deal with the problems that arise quickly. Otherwise, unexpected breakdowns may occur, and more costly replacement will be required down the line.
Here are some common issues you're most likely to encounter.
Leaks in the System
Like other household appliances that use water to operate properly, hydronic heating systems are susceptible to leaking. Old or damaged pipes are the usual culprit, but leaks may arise anywhere else where water runs.
Because a hydronic heating system uses hot water to provide warmth where it's needed, the presence of a leak in the system will result in a loss of heating performance. What's more, leaking will encourage mould growth and slowly cause major water damage to your house.
Failures in the Boiler
The water that runs throughout your entire home while distributing heat is heated by a gas boiler. If the boiler isn't working, your heating system will be deprived of the hot water it needs to function properly.
The hydronic boiler has many internal components that could be causing the problem. For example, a lower thermostat setting means the water won't be hot enough for your heating needs. Likewise, a faulty timer may mean that your boiler can no longer turn on and off at the desired times, leading unreliable heating performance.
Having a professional plumbing and heating specialist inspect and test your boiler can help fix the issue and get your heating system running reliably again.
Faults in the Gas Line
As already pointed above, the hydronic heating boilers run on gas. If there are problems with supplying gas to your boiler, then the boiler won't heat up the water required for heating up your living space.
Having your gas line checked for possible leaks or blockages will help you detect or rule out gas supply issues.
Like other appliances used in the home, your hydronic heating equipment can develop problems over time, even when it's properly maintained. Over time, wear from normal use of the equipment sets in, resulting in the need for heating repair. To learn more about hydronic heating repair services, contact a plumbing and heating professional near you.