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Old baseboards....Flat with no fins....can't heat house to 67 degrees
I have a single story brick "rambler" built in 1954. With an oil fired Burnham RSM/96 single zone hot water baseboard system.
My problem is that all of the baseboards are hot (HOT!!) boiler gauge reading 170. But the house cant reach the target temp of 67 degrees. I live in MD and this week is extremely cold 15-20 degrees. However It has seemed to have trouble all winter. At the start of the winter I was letting the system drop back. to 65 while we were at work and out of the house and set back up to 70 in the evening. That 5 degree change took 10-15 hours once the outdoor temp was below 40 degrees.
I recently had a Heating tech.come to the house that the "Home Warranty" company called. He informed me of what I sorta knew. There is nothing "wrong" with the system it is functioning correctly..
This is our first winter in the house. MD can get pretty cold in the winter. I can,t believe that the heating system that has been installed for over 50 years cant heat this 1,100s/ft house.
The one thing that sticks out as odd in all of this is the design or style of baseboard. They are about 8" tall, and flat with NO fins. each baseboard is a "loop" with the supply and return poking up through the floor at one end. The water then travels down the length of the baseboard through the 1/4" pipe that is mounted to the back of a front "radiant face" at the end of that section of baseboard the 1/4" pipe makes a u-turn and travels the reverse length of the pipe/ face, Then pokes back through the floor near the supply line and continues to the other baseboards in the house.
I can't find any info on this style of baseboard. they are hot to touch however they don't seem to throw much heat. I really don't know what to do to heat the house correctly with this system. The windows are newer (last 5 years), the attic is insulated, and the first floor walls are plaster board. (no easy way to re-insulate the walls if this is the problem)
Thanks in advance for any help, info, or ideas on this system and my problem.
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