Tips For Caring For Your Radiant Floor Heat

Although most homeowners know that furnaces need to be maintained and cleaned on a regular basis, those new to radiant floor heating may not fully understand how to care for their systems. Radiant floor heat doesn't have the same filter systems and air duct structure, so it's easy to overlook the upkeep. Radiant floors do actually need some routine care to keep them functioning well. Here's a look at what you need to know about keeping your radiant floor heating at its best.

The Annual Inspection

Just like you would need to have a furnace cleaned and serviced once a year, your radiant floor heating needs the same attention. Once a year, you should schedule a system inspection. If you have your boiler inspected, it's a good idea to have the whole heating system looked at during the process. The inspection includes two primary steps.

Pressure Test - The first thing the technician will do is test the pressure in the fluid circulation pipes. The system pressure is important because it's what keeps the fluid circulating. Radiant floor heating uses a closed system, so the pressure shouldn't fluctuate. If it drops, that means you probably have a leak.

Leaks will hinder the system's efficiency, costing you more money in utilities. In addition, water-based systems will be at risk of rust or corrosion due to leaks. Rust can lead to more serious problems throughout the system. Copper pipes can often be repaired while steel pipes will have to be completely replaced.

Pump and Valve Check - The fluid pump usually functions in the background with little to no indication that it's running. It's quiet, so you shouldn't hardly hear it. If you're hearing it run, that's a sign that there's a problem somewhere. The technician will clean out the pump and test both the reducing valve and the pressure reducing valve. These are the most common sources of pump failure, so having them checked regularly can save you from some potentially serious problems.

Understanding the care requirements of your radiant heat floor will help you to keep your home as comfortable and warm as possible without the excess cost of traditional furnace heating. These tips will help you understand what you can expect of the routine service appointments needed for your home's heating each year. Talk with a heating contractor today about when you need to schedule your next maintenance appointment to ensure that your system is safe and working properly.