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Al bundy

04:41AM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 11/10/02
6 lifetime posts
I have oil fired forced hot water base board heaters. I have three floors each one with a separate zone. My main floor (second floor) has four rooms. The heating board pipe goes through all these four rooms. The first room it goes by is pretty nice and toasty, but by the time it gets to the third room the pipe is already warm (not as hot as the first room) and to add to this, this third room (living room) is above my unheated garage. What can i do?. Does this mean that my boiler is not strong enough to keep up?...It is already 25 years old so i wouldnt be surprised. I put my thermostat to 70 but it usually doesnt get any higher than 64 in cold days. Is there any way to balance it out so the first room doesnt take all the heat?.


05:39PM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
5 lifetime posts
Balancing depends on the type of basebard you have. If you have old castiron baseboard there is not much you can do. If you have newer conventinal baseboard, many have a manual damper which can be adjusted to allow less air movement over the heating coils. This will keep the water warmer as it goes to the next heated space. Unfortunately, there is no way to keep from having heat loss through closed loop systems before getting to where you need the heat on long runs. If you have dampers (thin metal strips that pivot in the baseboard openning) try adjusting each one to maximize where you need the heat most.

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