November 28, 2011 7:59 AM Subscribe
I have forced-hot water baseboard heating
in my apartment. It sloshes. Should it slosh?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Home & Garden (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is the first winter in the new place, and it has these Slant-Fin baseboard heaters; if you haven't encountered them before, hot water runs through a pipe and through the apartment's baseboard system. Thin vanes on the radiators increase the surface area and distribute heat.
For the first week of the cold weather, we had no heat. A plumber came, and determined that the pipes needed to be flushed and drained to get the hot water moving again. I was in the apartment, and when he did his work, it sounded like, well, a lot of water draining out of a pipe (or your tub, etc.). After that, the heat worked, but the system was pretty much quiet.
Flash forward to a few weeks later--I awoke to hear that same draining sound, as if all the water in the system was flowing out. Heat still seems to work, but now it sloshes about--as if the hot water isn't filling the pipe. Which seems like it should, no?
Is this normal or should we get the plumber back? Again, heat seems still to be on, but I'd like the system to run as efficiently (cost, environment) and quietly as possible.