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2 Common Fixes For Uneven Heating In Two-Story Homes

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Do you have problems achieving a comfortable temperature on both floors of your home? If so, this might be happening because your home has only one thermostat. With a boiler, your house is heated with hot water that circulates through the radiators and pipes in the walls. If you are having problems controlling the temperature on both floors, here are two common ways to solve this problem.

Close the Radiators

As a boiler runs, it circulates hot water through the walls in your home, and this water causes heat to radiate from the radiators in the rooms. If you look at the rooms in your home, you will probably find at least one radiator in each room. Most radiators can be closed, which is often the only way to cut off heat to a particular room.

The way you close a radiator depends on the type you have, but most have flaps, doors, or slats that you can open and close. By closing these, you will stop the heat supply in that particular room. In most cases, closing a radiator does not stop 100% of the heat to a room, but it may stop the majority of it. Other types of radiators have valves that are designed for this purpose.

If the system is really old and has valves on the radiators, the valves may no longer turn. You can hire a boiler repair company to replace these valves if you need to.

If the upstairs in your house gets much hotter than the main floor, you may need to close all the radiators upstairs. Heat rises though, which means that some of the heat from your main floor will probably make its way upstairs, but this should help a lot.

Bleed the System

In some cases, people have problems heating the upstairs of their homes. This problem could be due to air trapped in the boiler pipes. If air gets trapped, it tends to get lodged in the highest pipes of the home. Because the upstairs is the highest point of the home, the pipes going to the radiators in your upstairs might contain air instead of hot water.

A boiler repair company can also fix this problem for you, and this generally involves bleeding all of air out of the boiler system. Bleeding the system could be a simple task if your system has bleeder valves on the radiators. If not, this could be slightly harder to fix because the repairman may have to install bleeder valves before he can bleed the system.

To determine this, the repairman will need to examine the radiators to find out if there is a bleeder valve. In new houses, bleeder valves are typically installed on every radiator. In older houses, there might be only one radiator that has this valve, or there is a chance that none of the radiators have a valve.

When bleeding air out of the system, water will also come out because the air and water are both mixed. The repairman might open the bleeder valve for 30 minutes or longer when doing this, simply to make sure that all the air is removed.

Once the air is removed, the hot water should circulate properly, which should cause the upstairs to get a sufficient amount of heat. You may even discover that after this is done, your upstairs gets too hot. If this is the case, you can close the radiators upstairs.

Hiring a boiler repair company is the best way to solve problems relating to uneven heating in a home. They will know how to diagnose and fix the problem, and they may be able to offer additional tips for achieving even heating in your entire home.