The radiant system that provides heating to your home should be serviced before you turn the system on. These systems are often connected to household plumbing for hot water from the boiler and have a lot of their own pipe installations that need to be inspected and maintained. Therefore, there is plumbing and radiant heating system maintenance that needs to be done before winter. The maintenance that you should have done to your plumbing and heating system includes the following.
Checking Household Plumbing for Leaks and Problems
The household plumbing is where you should start with maintenance to prepare for the winter weather. You want to make sure that the pipes have insulation to protect against problems when temperatures are below freezing and repair minor problems. The following plumbing maintenance will help ensure that plumbing issues do not become a problem.
- Pipe insulation
Issues with poor pipe insulation can lead to serious problems with leaks and water damage. Make sure all your pipes are well insulated and protected from the cold air that can cause damage over the winter months.
- Checking for leaks
Leaks in the wrong places of plumbing and heating systems can cause serious issues when they freeze. Therefore, you want to inspect all your pipes for leaks and fix them before problems get worse and cause serious water damage issues during winter weather.
- Faulty plumbing fixtures
Faulty plumbing fixtures can also be a problem during the winter months. They may cause water to constantly flow, which can lead to problems with high water bills and ice building up in areas that are exposed to cold air. Check all plumbing fixtures, shutoff valves, and radiant heating connections for problems that need to be repaired before winter.
Servicing the Boiler and Radiators for Winter Heating
The boiler is another area of your heating and plumbing that needs servicing before winter. First, the boiler needs to be adjusted for heating through the radiators. You also want to inspect controllers and valves and check temperature settings. When your boiler is serviced for winter, the following maintenance is going to be done.
- Opening the valves to radiators
Your boiler may have a valve that can be adjusted to allow water to pass through radiators or to your household hot water lines. During the summer months, the heating system is closed, and you will need to open the valve back to the position to allow the hot water to flow through the radiators to provide your home with heating.
- Inspecting and testing water pumps
Your boiler probably has at least one pump, which is used to circulate water through the radiators for heating. You may have a separate pump for the plumbing and hot water lines in your home. The water pumps need to be inspected and tested while doing maintenance to prepare for winter heating.
- Adjusting temperature settings and thermostat
The temperature settings of a radiant heating system are controlled by the controller settings of the boiler and the settings of your normal HVAC thermostat. Before winter, it is important to make sure the boiler is at the right temperature settings to efficiently heat your home. You also want to adjust the heating thermostat and test the system to ensure that it is working.
- Cleaning the boiler tubes, burner, and exhaust pipe
The boiler also needs to be cleaned to ensure your heating is working efficiently and effectively. This maintenance starts with cleaning the tubes inside the boiler to remove soot and buildup. The burner and exhaust flue pipes should also be cleaned before turning the heating on.
- Radiator Maintenace and Repairs
The radiators also need to be serviced to prepare for cold winter weather. Start by cleaning all the radiators to make sure they transfer heat into space in your home. You also want to check the valves of radiators to make sure they are open and bleed air out of the system.
This maintenance needs to be done to get your home ready for winter weather. Call a professional plumbing service for help with the radiant heating and household plumbing maintenance that needs to be done before using your heating system.
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