When Should I Get My Hydronic Heater Serviced?
One of the major benefits of having a hydronic heating system in your home is that it doesn’t require anywhere near as much maintenance and servicing as other heating systems. However, you still need to have a hydronic heater service carried out on occasion to ensure it works efficiently for years to come. Below we look at how often you will need that service carried out and why it is so important that you have a hydronic heater service carried out regularly.
How Often Do I Need a Service?
Ideally, you should have your hydronic heater serviced at least once per year. This will help to ensure that your heater works well heading into winter without any issues. Most people opt to get their hydronic heating system serviced a couple of weeks before winter starts to make sure there’s enough time to take care of any issues that are highlighted. At the absolute minimum, you should aim to have your hydronic heating system serviced every two years.
Why Do I Need a Service?
There are a lot of working parts in a hydronic heating system. Regular servicing helps to ensure that all of these components are in good working condition and if they are not, then they can be repaired. Like many things, the earlier a problem is found, the easier and cheaper it is to resolve. It is crucial that small issues are corrected before they cause larger issues. This is especially true when it comes to the boiler. If you have a gas boiler and something goes wrong, then the outcome can be dangerous.
What Happens During Servicing
Regular servicing will also involve an inspection for any leaks, breakages, or other problems in the water pipes as well as thermostat issues and anything else that could potentially hamper how the hydronic heating system works. Other tasks include:
- Removing air in the line – Air creates ‘cold spots’ where areas of the panel are replaced with air instead of heated water.
- Check pH levels – By checking your pH levels, you can increase the longevity of your system and reduce the build up of sludge and rust inside the panels.
- Checking tank pressures – Incorrect pressures can cause damage to your boiler and may result in leaks from the boiler.
- Power flushing – When your hydronic heating system isn’t regularly serviced, sludge can form inside the panel and cause the system to operate inefficiently and increase running costs. In this situation, a power flushing is required to break down sludge and clean the inside of your system so it runs optimally. It is also recommended to power flush your system if you’re buying a new boiler for an existing system.
With regular servicing, you can be sure that once winter comes around, you’ll be warm and comfortable and that your energy bills won’t be higher than they need to be.
Contact Efficient Pure Plumbing for Hydronic Heating Servicing
Whether you’re looking to get a hydronic heating system serviced, the team at Efficient Pure Plumbing is more than happy to help. We have more than 20 years of experience installing, servicing and repairing a vast range of heating and cooling systems. Give us a call on 03 9792 3261 today or get in touch online.
1. Efficient Heating
Hydronic heating systems use a closed loop system, creating little heat loss while moving the heated water beneath the floor, along baseboard heaters, or through radiators to heat your home. Water also conducts heat better than air. A hydronic heating system therefore provides added comfort and control in heating zones while saving on heating bills and reducing environmental impact.
2. Clean Heating
Unlike other heating systems which blow around air and with it, potential contaminants like dust and pollen, hydronic heating systems use radiant heating. This heats people, objects and surfaces without moving air, making for a cleaner and less irritating heating solution.
3. Silent Operation
Many heating systems will make some noise by pushing heated air through sheet metal ducts that expand and contract as the air temperature rises and falls. Hydronic heating systems make no noise at all, heating your house in pure silence.
A cast-iron hydronic system will typically serve 25 years or more without any issues, both because of the materials used and the small number of moving parts. Other heating systems will typically require ongoing maintenance such as changing air filters or need major repairs after around 15 years.
5. Better Humidity Control
Hydronic heating doesn’t dry out your home as much as heating systems that rely on forced air, because the heat is not moving briskly or suddenly, which ultimately sucks moisture out of the air.
Hydronic heating allows homeowners to design a system around their needs. No matter the fuel source, there is a hydronic boiler system that will work. Piping can be placed in the walls and easily routed around the home, unlike traditional systems that require extensive ductwork and return air systems with large chases.
While the upfront cost of installing a hydronic heating system can be higher, it will cost around 20 percent less to operate compared to other heating systems in a house with average ceiling heights. The larger the home is and the higher the ceilings, the more the savings will be.
Contact Efficient Pure Plumbing for Hydronic Heating Installations
If you’re looking to get a hydronic heating system installed, the team at Efficient Pure Plumbing is more than happy to help. We have more than 20 years of experience installing a vast range of heating and cooling systems. Give us a call on 03 9792 3261 today or get in touch online.