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2 New Radiators Not Heating

s2225
s2225 Member Posts: 6
We installed two new radiators on the second floor with 3/4 o2 pex. The feed goes up from the basement
to the first radiator from one of the takeoffs. Then goes out of that radiator into the next one. From there it then return all the way to the basement return line. I let the system run at 15 psi today for 2 hours, bled the radiators and only feel heat on the first foot of the pex takeoff and pex return in the basement. I'm confused because further down the line there is another takeoff that is heating as expected. Any ideas what to do next? All other radiators in the home are heating properly. I did notice the expansion tank is very full feeling.

Thanks.

Comments

  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 7,062
    What type of radiators? If they're CI, then they need to be piped individually. And that's what your pic indicates.

    Also: water takes the path of least resistance. If all the other rad's have larger piping going to them, then there's less resistance in them than in the pex you ran.

    If the above scenario is accurate, you may be able to get flow by adding a circulator in the new loop.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • s2225
    s2225 Member Posts: 6
    The existing ones are cast iron, but the two Daisy chained new ones are the modern British steel style bathroom Radiators from Hudson Reed. I was wondering about adding an additional circulator. Currently, I have the Taco 007-F5 Cast Iron Circulator, 1/25 HP at the boiler.

    How would I add a second circulator and what size/speed? The full expansion tank wouldn't cause this issue of?

    Thanks.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 20,416
    The full expansion tank will show up as an excessive pressure rise in your system as it heats up. Excessive being open to interpretation -- but anything more than just a few psi is excessive.

    The steel radiators -- particularly if daisy chained -- have much more head loss than the CI ones, so you will need a circulator for that circuit.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • s2225
    s2225 Member Posts: 6
    What pump should I add for this and how would I install it in that location? Run electrical from the first pump? Install on the pex return side I assume?

    Thanks.
  • Gilmorrie
    Gilmorrie Member Posts: 173
    Until the possibility is eliminated, I would suspect air blocking flow.
  • s2225
    s2225 Member Posts: 6
    I did bleed both problem radiators till some water came out. How else would I determine/address airblock situation?

    Thanks.
  • Zman
    Zman Member Posts: 7,433
    It would help if you drew out the whole system. The original likely has very little resistance. Pex has a fairly small ID as compared to steel or copper thus more resistance.
    It is likely that you need to either add a circ or some balancing valves to get this working.
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • s2225
    s2225 Member Posts: 6
    I was able to get heat to the radiators after significantly closing down valves at downstream and upstream cast iron radiators. Boiler is reading almost 20 psi when hot. Is this ok for a 2 story house with basement?

    Thanks.
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 7,062
    20 psi hot is fine.

    I'd add a small circulator (Taco 007 or Grundfos ups15-58) at the supply branch to the new rad's.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • s2225
    s2225 Member Posts: 6
    If there is flow to the new radiators on the branch now that I have almost closed many of the other radiators, would I really need the additional pump? Assuming the old almost closed radiators are still getting hot enough.

    Thanks.