Keeping a house warm in winter is important. Most houses use radiators to do so. The attached video gives some insight into troubleshooting a non-functioning heating system. In most instances, heating system repair requires a great deal of time and effort to complete. The fix for this particular problem was easy.

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The point was nevertheless made: a systematic diagnosis is necessary to find and resolve heating system problems.

Home radiators are heated by a boiler. Hot water is distributed throughout the house by a forced hot water system. There must be enough water in the boiler to fill all the radiators, but not so much that it becomes dangerous. In the video, various parts of the boiler-radiator system are described. The pressure-reducing valve is among these parts. It ensures the pressure of the water going into the radiators is no more than 12 pounds. The water distribution system is also essential. In most homes, there is a mono-flow system that is akin to a superhighway for hot water in the home. It sends and pushes up water into the individual radiators.

Some of the most important things to look at when diagnosing problems are the boiler pressure, the circulating pump, and the radiator itself. If you’re unsure of what to look for, don’t hesitate to call a reliable contractor to help you out!