Hydronic System Maintenance
Your hydronic system should receive yearly maintenance. Bel Red provides comprehensive maintenance service to assure ongoing performance, extended system life, energy savings and safety.
Included in our maintenance visit and system tune-up and safety inspection are these areas:
Check and clean burner, look for blockage of combustion air openings, check for free flow of air, examine safety controls.
- Circulator and zone valve operation
Check for leaks in flanges and stems and proper valve opening/closing for zoned heat delivery.
- Expansion tank
Check for proper air charge and recharge if needed. Check bladder and tank, air vents and air eliminators, along with proper installation and operation.
- Hydronic glycol
Examine fluid pH; if degraded, recharge.
- Pressure Relief Valve
Purge of stagnant water, clear any debris, check and replace valve if necessary.
- Shut-off/drain faucets
Fix or replace if dripping.
Examine zone control wiring and assure proper performance.
Check water inlet, shut-off to expansion tank, ISO valves, return line bypass valves, and all zone and loop shut-off valves.
- Baseboard radiation
Make sure radiators are open, clean, and unobstructed by furniture or debris.
Hydronic Systems – Save Energy, Add Comfort, Protect the Environment
If you’re new to hydronic heating and radiant systems, here’s a quick overview.
A hydronic systems consists of a circuit of pipes that run around a home and back to a boiler that heats the water. The boiler maintains water at ideal temperature, and a pump keeps the water circulating around the pipe circuit (radiant loops, panel radiators, towel warmers, etc.) and through the boiler. The water transfers the heat.
Radiant heating is in-floor hydronic heating – circulating hot water through piping in or under a floor. The energy disperses evenly to comfortably warm your home. It’s great to walk barefoot on a wood or tile floor and feel the warmth!
Benefits of Hydronic/Radiant Heating
- Very energy efficient, plus these systems use no fossil fuels so pollution is reduced
- More energy efficient than most forced-air systems to reduce energy costs
- Uses small tubing which loses less heat than heat sent through air ducts
- Utilizes a circulating pump with lower power demands than a forced air blower
- Can be zoned room to room to improve comfort
- Creates virtually no detectable noise in living areas
- Versatile enough to be used in new construction and existing homes
- Compatible with nearly any type of floors or floor covering (tile, concrete, hardwood, carpet, linoleum, marble, etc.)
- Is not visible – no air ducts to hide, takes up no wall space
- Great for allergies – no air circulation so dust particles and allergens are not stirred up, and dust mites are greatly reduced
- No duct cleaning needed