We are having problems with the heating system in our house -- it is
not heating the house adequately and hasn't done so since we moved in!
This is our 3rd month in the house and the previous owners converted
from an old oil system to gas just before we bought the house and we
now have steam in the old part of the house and a hydronic/baseboard in
the newer part of the house, all being run by one new gas boiler with a
heat exchanger on it.
We asked the plumber to come over today and have a look at it since we
weren't getting enough heat. He said that there was sludge that had
built up in the steam system from the old pipes and that it had
destroyed one circulator. He claimed that he couldn't guarantee the
circulator since he was not responsible for the pipes that were in the
old part of the house that he had never worked on. I told him that that
was not acceptable since he had told me (before I bought the house,
when I asked him if it made sense to do more work and upgrade the
system further at that time, and he said absolutely not!) that it was
a brand new system which he was very proud of and which he told me
would be more than adequate
for our home. When I asked if he could prevent/limit this from
happening again (maybe flush the lines a few times?) he said that he
couldn't guarantee it and that he couldn't flush the lines in a steam
system (I don't understand that).
He left my house before I returned from work this evening and so I
didn't actually speak with him after he worked on the system today. He
did however mention to Jenny that we might have a more substantial
Right now, we have very little heat in many of the rooms/radiators in
the house and it is cold and I don't know why?
Any thoughts/comments/advice for me for when I speak with him