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Old 01-03-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Do FHW Baseboards "wear out"?


House is about 25 years old. We've had some real cold weather lately, and sometimes with the heat running, the room temperature cannot get above a certain level, no matter how hot the boiler is running. Would it be worthwhile to replace the baseboard heaters? The fins all look good, some mashed here and there - normal usage looks like.

I did vacuum them all, but there wasn't that much dust and stuff in them. Just wondering!

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How long have you been living in this house?

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Not enough info to help you.I.E. how big is the room and how long is the baseboard.Is it normal 3/4 copper or high output 1 inch..Where is the baseboard located.Is it under a window on an outside wall or on an inside wall.Have you put furniture in front of it or do drapes cover it???Has that room ever been heated right???
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How hot do they get? There may be air in the system.
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Is the circulating pump running..Is impeller worn? causing less circulation. If there are vents on rads open them to see if any air ..let air purge out until water runs in a smooth stream. May have to add a rad if insufficient heat.

What pressure is system/boiler running at. Normally 12 -15 psig Or up to 20 if three story house.
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House is about 25 years old. We've had some real cold weather lately, and sometimes with the heat running, the room temperature cannot get above a certain level, no matter how hot the boiler is running. Would it be worthwhile to replace the baseboard heaters? The fins all look good, some mashed here and there - normal usage looks like.

I did vacuum them all, but there wasn't that much dust and stuff in them. Just wondering!
Ayuh,.... The actual baseboard radiation don't wear out,...
Mine are 'bout 40 or 50 years old, 'n still workin' just fine...

I'd look to the boiler, valving, 'n the pumps myself...
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Is the boiler running continuously in that cold weather? If not, what is the water temp?
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Ive never known them to. Check for air lock, and proper pump throughput.

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