||01-06-2008 11:19 AM
Only 1 of 2 Heating Zones Works
Our house has 2 zones: one for 1st Floor (older traditional radiators from 50s) and one for the 2nd Floor (baseboard), powered by a Utica Furnace Nat Gas hot water heater. We departed for long vacation recently, setting each zone to 58 degrees. When we returned 2 days ago, the second floor was as we had left it at 58 degrees, while the 1st floor had dropped to 49 degrees. This was odd. We then set both 1st and 2nd floor thermostats to 68 degrees. The second floor went back up to desired temp, while the 1st floor would not budge above 49 degrees.
Our first thought was that air had gotten into the 1st floor radiators, so we used the faucet to drain some water, all of which was cold, from the 1st floor system in the basement (about 5 gallons), as we had seen a HVAC person do this before when we had previosly had a similiar problem. This did nothing, however. Our second step was to switch the thermostat-controlled valve for the 1st floor in the basement to manual. This at least enabled us to get some heat into the 1st floor and the radiators rose a bit, but we were at least able to get hot water to flow to the 1st floor. The only problem is that this is only because the entire system is now being regulated by the 2nd floor thermostat. For now, at least the 1st floor thermostat is unable to regulate the heat on the 1st floor, only the second floor thermostat works. Any idea what the problem is and how to fix it? It seems electronic. But its odd that we did could use each thermostat in each zone to regulate the heat independently in each zone before vacation, but now only one thermostat works.
Any help is greatly appreciated.