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ToddB 10-14-2009 12:51 PM

old boiler maintainence?
Do boiler heat systems need to have the water lines cleaned? Mine is a oil boiler with radiant baseboard heat and it just doesn't seem to heat very well.

Plumber101 10-14-2009 06:21 PM


The water in the pipes as well as the heat exchanger

The water in the piping needs to be tested to see if the Ph is good. To much acid can eat the pipe from the inside out

ToddB 10-14-2009 07:19 PM

So boilers work on a closed loop system? I have lived in this place for 4 years and I know that the water has never been tested. I have baseboard radiators, and if I put my hand down in it the pipe that heats it is super hot but there is almost no heat coming off the actual radiator. Is there a better radiator that can be put in?

Scuba_Dave 10-14-2009 07:20 PM

They probably need to be bled
If they have air in them they will not heat up
Should be bleeders near the top

Plumber101 10-14-2009 07:32 PM

Scuba-Dave has a good point too...May have air in the system

If I may if you are not used to working on boilers then PLEASE call a pro.

A boiler is just like a water heater and what I call a controlled time bomb. By all means don't take this wrong but this boiler can blow without notice from making changes to the system.

I would tell you to call a pro and ASK TONS of questions so you can understand and repair

Good luck

ToddB 10-14-2009 07:35 PM

Just asking on this one so I don't get the run around when I do call. Thanks for the concern:thumbsup:

Plumber101 10-14-2009 07:53 PM

That great I agree that you have knowledge so that you don't get screwed

If this boiler hasn't been serivced in awhile then you may have some scale build up on the heat exchanger and that can cause a heat transfer issue

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