Baseboard Heater Gets No Heat: Troubleshooting
LESLIE: Anthony is dealing with some heating issues. Tell us about the baseboard problems.
ANTHONY: Yeah, I have hot water heat in my house and we have the old cast iron baseboard heat and some radiators upstairs.
ANTHONY: When we redid our bathroom, we put in a small baseboard heater to make a little bit more room …
ANTHONY: … by taking out the radiator.
ANTHONY: And that was last year. We’ve never been able to get heat up into that area. I put bleeders on the feeder line and on the return line and tried to bleed the air to get the water up through that area but we’ve never been able to get any kind of heat.
TOM: And the radiator before always worked fine?
ANTHONY: And everything always worked fine. I’ve had the pipes off to check to make sure I didn’t have a clog in them.
TOM: So is the radiator getting – does the radiator get warm at all?
ANTHONY: Not at all.
TOM: Not at all. Well, look. Obviously it’s not plumbed correctly. I’m not quite sure where the issue is but it’s really a pretty simple system. You know the water has to go in the supply and out the return. If it’s not getting hot at all, the water is never making it to that point. So I think at this juncture you’re probably going to have to bring in a heating contractor, a plumber, to figure out what you did wrong. It sounds to me like you’ve got the wrong fitting. For whatever reason, the water is not pushing into that area. It worked before when you had the full radiator. It’s not working now for the baseboard because something is installed incorrectly. You’ve checked the air issue but if it’s plain not getting hot at all, there’s just an installation problem that you’ve got to get to the bottom of, Anthony. That’s the only thing that makes sense that could be causing this.
ANTHONY: OK. Alright.
TOM: I know you don’t want to admit defeat, my friend, but it might be time to throw in the pipe wrench, so to speak.
ANTHONY: Alright, I appreciate your time. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Anthony. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.