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Baseboard Heating Replacement Pipes

The Home Wizard app calculates your ideal home care program to avoid problems with your Baseboard Heating, but sometimes trouble can still occur. Here are answers to questions about baseboard heating replacement pipes.

QUESTION FROM burntpowder

I recently bought a home that was built in the early 70's with oil/baseboard hot water heating. It is a bi-level with a zone upstairs and zone downstairs. One of the first things I did before moving in was take off all of the baseboard heat covers to clean out all of the fins. I noticed that there is a lot of wasted pipe......what I mean is there is a lot of area that is just exposed pile and does not have fins on it. Since I have only been able to find replacement pipe that has the fins already on it I was wondering if I can buy just sections of fins anywhere and cut them to size so I can fill in the gaps of wasted pipe.

ANSWER FROM HOME-WIZARD

Dear "burntpowder":

Actually, if you just moved into the house, you may want to operate your heating system for a while to see if the fins were left off the sections of pipe to help balance the heating loads of your system. In other words, to keep certain rooms from getting too hot while others are too cold in the same heating zone, your system may have needed the fins left off of sections of your piping to keep a particular room from getting too hot.

But if this is not the case and you still want to add heat distribution fins to your bare pipe, then here is a website with a list of possible suppliers:

http://www.traditional-building.com/article/radside.htm

Hope this is helpful.
Home-Wizard.com

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Baseboard Heating