As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.
The fall has set in, and the temperatures are dropping lower every day. If you want to have an easy winter, this is the best time of the year to check the condition of your home heating system. One of the most common types of heating systems in the home is the hot water heating unit. The unit uses boiled water in a heater to transfer the heat throughout the house. The water is heated and then transported throughout the house in the piping.
If the system is new and efficient, your house will be warm the entire winter. On the other hand, if the system is faulty, the heating might not be efficient, and you will have cold spots in the home. Here are ways in which you can tell when a unit is not working.
How Long Has the Unit Been Operating?
Even the best units lose their efficiency with age. Age leads to wear and tear damage. A unit that has been working for more than eight years will not be as efficient as one that you bought and installed two months ago.
Therefore, if you moved into a house and found a hot water heating system, check how old the system is. If it is starting to show signs of slowing down, such as low temperatures when the unit is on, call in a heating contractor to check it. They will figure out if the problem can be fixed, or if you need to be replaced.
Does the House Have Cold Spots?
The other way you can tell that the system is failing is when certain parts of the house are constantly colder than others. If you have one thermostat that sets the temperature for the whole house and some rooms remain colder than others sometimes, it is advisable to find a professional to help you troubleshoot the problem. It could be that the piping in the room is faulty or the thermostat is failing.
Does the Energy Bill Keep Going Up?
The hot water is normally heated by natural gas before being passed under the floor by tubing and radiators. If the unit is faulty, it will need a lot of hot water to raise the temperature to the needed level.
Have a heating contractor check the system for issues that could be hindering its efficiency.
The most important thing is to call in a heating contractor to address the issues with your heating system before the cold season sets in. They will help you improve the comfort in your home and reduce heating cost.