A quick question dear friends. I'm having a bath renovation done and
have typical hot water baseboard heat. On our second floor we have
half inch lines going to each room. Can I have a radiator replace a
baseboard that states it has 3/4 inch lines and have those hooked up
to my 1/2 lines (with an adaptor) and still work ok?
Not enough information. I'm not familiar with baseboard using only 1/2"
tubing. It will have less flow that the typical 3/4" tubing.
As for your radiator, how well it works depends on the entering water
temperature and the surface area exposed. If it has the same rating as
the old unit it should be giving off the same amount of heat as the same
amount of water will be flowing through it.
Thanks. To clarify more. My heating is baseboard hot water, the type
that runs along the bottom part of the wall in long sections. I'm
replacing around a six feet section of this with a radiator with
approximately the same BTU's.
My basement has thicker maybe around 1 inch copper pipes that run
around the perimeter of the basement floor. This feeds two separate
half inch copper pipes which run to each room upstairs on the second
floor. It seems to work quite well, circa 1960 house.
Being the unit states it is 3/4 line I am wondering if there will be
enough water flow coming in from the 1/2 inch house line assuming
there is an adaptor used for this to work correctly?
Assuming you properly install it, You'll get some heat from it either
way, but maybe not enough. All you can do is try it, or talk to a
heating contractor and get their advice, based on your heating system
and this radiator.
The main size of all pipes is 1/2". I'm assuming you're saying a 6 foot
section using 3/4" opening and reducing back to 1/2". If so, this will
not hurt the system. Think of a 1/2" hose connected to a jug entering on
one end with a 1/2" hose exiting on the other end. As the water hits the
jug for the first time, it will stream in until full then revert back to
exiting with the same 1/2" opening as the pressure equalizes again. That
jug will remain filled and continue to drain/exit under normal pressure.
Correct me if in error.
I stated because I had the exact issue when I had radiant heating in my
home. I replaced a bad section with 3/4" as it was in the middle of the
run. It worked fine for 4 years before I finally removed the radiant
systems and installed an efficient furnace and AC unit.
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