heating currently poor, told that it's because supply pipes in pad are going bad and that the boiler is also going bad (only 8 years old) because ??? the supply lines are sending water back to the boiler??? (not sure about the last part). they suggest either electric baseboard or a gas furnace with ducting in the attic and ceiling diffusers. the gas furnace i don't like because of the ceiling diffusers and no return ducts, not to mention appearance in 8 foot ceilings. why can't i spend the mid-high 4 figures i'd spens on a furnace and ducting and fix the hot water baseboards that i have and like?
can't i get a new boiler or fix the old one and run supply (pex maybe) up in the attic and down in a stud bay in each room? i have talked to one other hvac company, and they're down on fixing it too. i'm no engineer or hvac man, but i can't see why i can't keep baseboard hot water. do i need to just call 5 or 10 more people until i fing someone who can do what i think can be done?
the references thing probably won't do much, as the company i've been with is solida t what they do---40 plus years but two differnt owners. i think the hot water is the problem. i have as i mentioned had another place look at it, but they think i'm nuts. i can't imagine that i'd spend any more to fix what i have AND like than to put in a gas furnace with diffusers in the ceiling (that i don't want) and probably can't produce the comfort i get from my hot water baseboards when they're working right. is this a "speciality" i'm looking for? what's it called--a name i can look for in a phone book?
Over the years. Seen a lot of hydronic piping rot out in slabs.
Usually run new piping up through the attic, and back down to the baseboard.
Attic piping must be insulated. And system should have glycol in it to protect from freexing the pipes.