Could someone tell me how hot a forced water propane fired baseboard system should be at the baseboards? I measured the cover of the baseboard at about 170 just now.
We recently changed from an oil fired boiler to a propane fired unit. I swear the baseboards are a lot hotter now and Im wondering if its dangerous. We have the same Weil Mclane boiler we had before they just swapped out the burner section.
Hot water baseboard, heated by whatever means, is often set for a hi temp of 180 and low temp of 160. The installer may have adjusted the temperature settings on your boiler. 170 degrees is nothing to worry about, usually.
As mentioned, It would be normal to have the water temps 160 to 180. It would also be normal to have some over ride. If it shuts off at 180 just as the thermostat is satisfied, it could easily go above 180. 170 at the baseboard would be normal at the start of the loop. I guess if I were concerned I'd check the temp of the boiler....maybe it got bumped up a bit. If it's set to shut off above 180, feel free to back it down, but leave a 20 degree differential.
Was the burner all that was changed? Perhaps they adjusted the aquastat, but 170 is very normal at the start of the loop. Try it out for a little while, them make changes as necessary. Sounds like you are comfortable, anyway.
Well the other night I was in the cellar when the boiler came on....suddenly heard this weird hissing sound and looked up to see steam escaping from a relief valve near the circulators ...this time I took note of the boiler temp gauge....it was reading 270 (F) and the pressure was around 22....needless to say I called the propane co and they came right out.....they found they had wired the new propane unit incorrectly when they swapped it in a couple months ago.....now the temp gauge reads 180 and the pressure is around 12....