Radiant floor heating is one of the most efficient forms of home heating and is popular because of that fact. However, modern radiant floor heating is much more advanced than that which was installed in homes a lot of years ago. The thing is, older radiant floor heating will eventually start having problems and will need to be replaced. If you have an older house that is equipped with this form of heat system, you should be on the lookout for signs that something is wrong. Take a look at some of the most common problems you could face with your antiquated radiant floor heating system:
Certain sections of the floor are not heating at all.
Most often radiant floor heating is installed in sections or mats beneath the floor that connect together to cover the entire area. If one specific section is not heating up at all, it usually means that the particular section or mat of heating coils in that area are no longer functional. Unfortunately, the only way to solve this problem is to install a new section, which can be hard to do and get things to match up if the heating system is really old.
Rooms never reach the right temperature even though you can feel the heat through the floor.
You run your hand across the floor to eel for heat and it is definitely there. However, the room stays chilled and never gets up to a satisfactory or comfortable temperature. This is probably the most common problems with radiant floor heat systems that are getting old. This usually means that the controlling thermostat in the room is going bad and will need to be replaced. However, if your radiant floor heating system uses water for heat distribution, the water may be cooling before it is distributed.
Turning the radiant heat system on trips the breaker.
If you are constantly tripping electrical breakers when you turn on your radiant heat system in your home, it is not a problem to be ignored for sure. Most of the time, this is a sign of a wiring problem or a problem with wiring deterioration that is causing the system to overheat and then in turn trip the breaker. Have a repair technician take a look and avoid using your heat system until they do, as this kind of reaction can mean a potential fire hazard is present.
Contact a company like Action Plumbing & Heating for more information and assistance.