Signs That You Have A Leak in a Water Baseboard Heating System

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If you have a heating or HVAC system that utilizes water, then you likely have a baseboard system with a variety of radiators. And these radiators do require maintenance and care. Specifically, the pipes can leak on occasion, and there are a few different things you are likely to see when a leak develops. Keep reading to learn about them.

Low-Pressure Warnings

Water will often leak from a system quite slowly, and you may not notice an issue for months. However, you should know that the problem will typically get worse and worse until your heating system no longer functions the way it should. And, eventually, water pressure will reduce enough that a warning system will be activated. 

The warning will be the activation of the low water pressure sensor on the device. This sensor detects either the flow of water through a pipe located near your HVAC system or the pressure of the water itself. When the pressure or the water flow reduces enough that the heating system becomes dangerous, then the sensor will shut off the heating system. You will often see a red light on the sensor, and you can find the device located on the outlet pipe that leads out of your heater. 

Keep in mind that you will need an HVAC professional to investigate the issue. Water pressure sensors can break, so it is best to have the sensor checked first before a leak detection is completed.

Radiators Not Working

The vast majority of HVAC leaks are slow, so water will drain away without much of an issue at first. However, as more and more water leaves the system, more air will build in its place. And, this air will make its way through your baseboards and will congest in one or several of your radiators.

When the air starts to gather, you will notice that the baseboard will no longer produce as much heat as it once did. Over time, the baseboard may stop working completely or only a portion of it will function. The problem will get worse as the leak continues, and you may notice whole rooms that are without heat. 

You can remove some of the air from the heating system by opening the bleeder valves located on the ends of the radiators. As the air is removed, the system should automatically replace it with water. However, this is only a temporary solution until the leak can be located.

If you want to know more about plumbing leak detection, speak with a plumbing professional. 

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