Baseboard heating is an affordable, efficient way to keep your house warm. Unfortunately, it isn't necessarily without its potential problems. Understanding a few of the common issues that you can have with baseboard heating will help you to troubleshoot those problems and restore your heating system to its full potential. Here are two of the common problems you might experience and tips to deal with them.
If your baseboard heater isn't producing enough heat to keep your home comfortable despite your best efforts, there are a few things you can do to narrow down the source of the problem.
- Sufficient Power – Make sure that the wiring in your room is providing at least as much voltage as your baseboard heating is rated for. If you're sure that there's sufficient power being supplied for your heater, think about adding an additional baseboard heat unit in the room.
- Quality Insulation – Consider having your home's insulation assessed by a heating professional. If you don't have adequate insulation, you're not going to be able to maintain adequate heat levels. Also, ensure that all doors and windows are weather-sealed.
- Clean Heaters – If you haven't cleaned the baseboard units in a while, that could be part of the problem. Dirty baseboard heaters will be inefficient. Shut the heat off and wipe the outside of the heaters down with a soft cloth and some warm, soapy water. Just make sure the cloth is only damp – you don't want water pooling inside the heater. Then, take a vacuum and clear any dust from the inside. Close the louvers when you're not using the baseboard heat, because that helps keep dust out.
Sometimes, baseboard heaters will produce inconsistent amounts of heat. If you find that your rooms are warmer sometimes than they are others, there are a few things you can do to make the heating more consistent.
- External Thermostat – Most baseboard heating systems rely on an internal thermostat system for heating. If yours is producing inconsistent results, consider wiring an external thermostat to the system.
- Clean Vents – If your baseboard heaters are full of dust and debris, that dust can clog the fans. If this happens, the heaters will shut down from overheating, giving you inconsistent heating results. Consider reaching out to a heating professional to thoroughly clean the heating system.
With the tips presented here, you can potentially identify the cause of common baseboard heating struggles. You should also talk with a heating contractor, like Feldman Brothers Electrical Supply Co, about annual maintenance to help avoid some of these problems.