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Heating issues advice needed.....
Forgive the long and lengthy, but I've been clueless until reading a lot on forums like these.
My house info:
colonial style 2 level home
1st level (kitchen, living room, family room, 2nd family room).
2nd level (4 bedrooms, 2 baths).
Built somewhere around 2003 (moved in around 2004-2005).
Was appx. 2500 sqft.
I did not know until recently very little about heating systems etc.
Since we moved in we have had heating problems on the 2nd level. I noticed that the upstairs was taking long periods to warm up. Thought it was normal till it started blowing cool air in the winter. Had someone come, they said they did a purge. That worked for about 6 weeks.
This had gone on for about 3 years.
Then my father-in-law moved in with us and we ended up having to put an extension onto the house on the 1st level. The people who did the work added another zone to the existing system. However, the problems I've been having with the 2nd floor heating continued the next winter (lasted about a month, then taking longer and longer to warm).
I had someone come again, they said it needed purging. They did so (I believe anyway). That lasted about another 6 weeks. So, this has been going on since. To the point I can't afford to keep calling someone in. I asked people I know about it and they claim they purge every year so they don't see any particular problem. But reading on forums like this and it doesn't seem to be normal.
Well, after my wife continues to be annoyed, I call someone else in. The guy checks it out, says he's never seen a hydronic heat/air handlers setup in a house (1 in the basement, 1 in the attic, 1 in the unfinished space above the garage serving the extension). He also was suprised to find that there was antifreeze in the system which he was unprepared to handle at the time. He also said it was not convenient to purge and put in more water because of the cavity where they place the system and the "mess" of piping. He said any servicing if something fails will cost me a pretty penny.
My wife recently was at someone else's house where they were showing off their wood stove and how "toasty" it was. I was considering that especially because of how much I've paid in oil recently but don't really have the money due to some setbacks. I was thinking maybe in a couple of year but after doing more research on my setup I was dismayed to find that there are reports of people having a boiler like mine having cracks and leaks. That might push my time frame up.
Not sure what I should be looking to do. Been trying to read up as much as possible but I still truly understand what's going on. And I want to be much more informed before I do anything. Especially if I have to end up replacing that boiler.
I'm trying to attach a pic of my setup now.