If your home in Montclair or elsewhere in northern New Jersey has a boiler heating system, you may have radiators in most of your rooms.
These steel, aluminum or cast-iron items receive either steam or hot water from your boiler. This steam or water causes the radiator and its exterior fins to heat up, radiating warmth out into your room and heating your home. Once the water cools or the steam condenses, it returns to the boiler for reheating. The cycle continues until your home is at the desired temperature.
The JW Pierson Co. is here to help you troubleshoot radiator problems, repair your boiler and replace your equipment when it gets too old.
There are considerable advantages to having a boiler and radiator system. Many homeowners prefer boiler heat because it is slightly humid, which feels more comfortable. Because there’s no circulated air, boiler systems run quieter than furnaces, and they don’t spread dust, debris, mold or other airborne pollutants.
There are drawbacks to boiler/radiator systems. They can take longer to heat a room than a furnace. Also, a boiler system does not have ductwork, which means a central air conditioning system is often not an option for these homes. (You can still get efficient, long-term cooling in the summer with a ductless mini-split.)
The kind of radiator you have largely depends on whether you have a steam boiler or a hot water boiler.
Hot water boilers have radiators with two pipes, one to feed hot water into the radiator and a second to return cooling water to the boiler.
Steam boilers can have radiators with one pipe or two. Condensing steam can return to the boiler through either the same pipe or a second pipe.
Generally speaking, radiators have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. With that said, your radiators may last longer, depending on several factors, including:
Standard signs that you should consider replacing a radiator include uneven heat, excessive rust and frequent repairs.
Here are some quick DIY fixes that could fix frequent issues with home radiators:
When it comes to boiler maintenance and repairs, the JW Pierson team can ensure your system is running efficiently and safely. We’ve been serving North Jersey households for over a century and are ready to help you.
If you’re having problems with poorly functioning radiators and the troubleshooting steps above don’t help, contact us for assistance.