should I worry?

jimmieguns Posted By jimmieguns, Feb 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM

  1. jimmieguns

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    Not sure which forum this belongs in , but I post alot here- so I hope that's ok. All input appreciated.

    SO i have my Englander on 9-9 pellet stove (1500 sq ft) running on high for abt 2 hrs. Room temps down 65ish /upstairs 68 ish.

    My question is-- with wind chills here tonight at -1 -5 F and not having my oil burner on for heat in the house- should I worry abt a frozen pipe? Haven't run water thru baseboards in weeks downstairs(haven't needed to). Should I run the downstairs zone for an hour to heat them or might this CREAT a frozen pipe with the overnight COLD BLAST hitting them on the outside wall?

    Many thanks in advance for replies
     
  2. SwineFlue

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    On really cold nights like this, I have that zone's programmable thermostat set to 80 for just 15 minutes, once in the evening and again early AM. Otherwise it's set back as a backup for the pellet stove or if we go away for the weekend.
     
  3. jimmieguns

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    thanks- i am not sure if i should leave well enough alone(dry pipes as of now since not used lately) or run some hot water thru the zone to warm them---- getting a bit anxious of the whole thought :eek:
     
  4. glenc0322

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    I would run it for a few minutes just to circulate the water. You would rather be safe then sorry I also set my programmable t start to come on for 10 minutes 3 times a day just in case but only if the temps go in to the teens
     
  5. jimmieguns

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    Hey Glen
    Thanks- but if there is no water having been run thru them and they r bone dry can they still freeze?
     
  6. moey

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    There is still water in them, even if they have not been run for a long time. Unless you actually drained them.
     
  7. glenc0322

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    Did you drain them? And its not good to never run you want to sty a minimum cycle your boiler one a month to make sure everything is working and to keep parts from freezing up.you would hate to need it in am emergency and go to run it and nothing works
     
  8. Snowy Rivers

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    Keep in mind that wind chill means nothing, except on exposed flesh.

    Water freezes at 32F and no matter how hard you blow on it, there is no change in this temp.

    As long as the pipes are inside and not exposed to the cold, you should be ok.

    Are the pipes for the water heat system in the outside walls ??/?

    Snowy
     

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