Warmup Radiant Heating Blog
Enjoy the summer! (but winter will be back)….
I still remember it as if it was yesterday. A couple of winters ago, we had to deal with water coming into our home due to ice buildup in our gutters. As I watched the maintenance workers stand on the roof and ladders, chipping away at the ice, I was so glad it wasn’t me out there doing it. My relief quickly turned to horror as I watched these men accidently rip apart the gutters while trying to remove the ice! Has that ever happened to you? Do you wish there was an easier way?
Actually there is. Here at Warmup, we offer a roof and gutter deicing cable that is designed to keep your gutters and downspouts free of ice build-ups. The heating cable routes the melting ice through the gutters and spouts and away from the roof line, preventing costly damage.
Cables and controls for a 3,000 sqft home are often less than $1,500. This could be a wise investment for the winter to come…
So what do a TDR (Time Domain Reflectometer) and a Hound Dog have in common? They are both used to sniff out their prey; they just go about it differently. So how does a TDR meter “sniff” out a short or break in your underfloor radiant heating product? Basically, it sends an electrical pulse into the connected cable, traveling along the cable until it reaches the fault and then that pulse is sent back to the TDR. The time it took for that pulse to reach the fault and travel back is measured and converted to a distance reading that will appear on the TDR Meter. One of the many benefits of under floor electric heating is that it is virtually maintenance free. No moving parts to replace and your heating source is safely embedded in cementitious material beneath your floor covering providing some serious protection. The only time you might encounter an issue is during the initial installation process. For example, we recently helped troubleshoot an issue with an underfloor electric radiant system that was not performing correctly. Turns out that there had been some minor damage done to the wire during installation and on top of that, the 120V heating system was connected to a 240V circuit. Not recommended by the way. By overpowering the heating wire, that area with slight damage turned into a problem spot. As illustrated below, by using the TDR meter, the short was located and repaired without removing much of the flooring. For more detailed information on how you would use a TDR meter to troubleshoot those rare, but occasional issues involving a short or break in your floor heating system, click here for our full page article on how to use a TDR Meter.