A hydronic baseboard heater is a safe, effective, and affordable way to heat your home. To get the most out of your baseboard heater, you’ll want to take good care of it. There are several steps to maintaining a baseboard heater many homeowners tend to overlook, which can lead to the unit working less efficiently than it should be. In this guide, we'll explain how to maintain your baseboard heater, so you can ensure it’s working as intended.
Clean Your Heater
There's nothing worse than a baseboard heater clogged with dirt, dust, debris, and other contaminants. A dirty baseboard heater will look unsightly and probably won’t run very well, either. To keep your baseboard heater running safely and efficiently, thoroughly clean it at least once a year.
Before you start cleaning your baseboard heater, make sure to turn it off and wait for the heating element to cool. Once it is, go ahead and remove the heater cover. Get rid of any visible debris from inside the unit, and then vacuum any leftover debris with a soft brush vacuum attachment or a pressure steam cleaner, which is useful for cleaning the fins. If you notice any bent or damaged fins, you can straighten them out with a putty knife or needle-nose pliers. Don’t forget to wipe down the heater before replacing the cover and turning on your unit.
Bleed the Air
Another tip on how to maintain your baseboard heater is to occasionally bleed the air. If your baseboard heater isn't giving off a consistent amount of heat or is cold to the touch, it's a good sign that you need to bleed the unit. Bleeding removes any air that's been trapped in the lines, allowing water to flow correctly through the system. If you’re planning to bleed your unit, start by making sure it’s warmed up and at normal pressure. Place a cup or bowl under the spout to catch any water, and then slowly open the valve. Leave it open until all the air is released and only water is pouring out from the spout. Tighten the valve, and you're done! Repeat this process for any other baseboard heaters in your home.
Install a Baseboard Heater Cover
Your heater is will get getting rusty, dusty, and scratched over time—but there's one simple way that you can protect it. EZSnap™ Cover's custom baseboard heater covers are made from Epoxy powder-coated galvanized steel, which is an extremely durable material that won't change or fade in color, rust, chip, or dent. You can install and remove them in a snap, so there's no need to worry about the installation process. If you need a baseboard heater solution that’ll last you a lifetime, come and shop with us today!