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Baseboard Heating Missing Pressure Relief Valve

The Home Wizard app calculates your ideal home care program to avoid problems with your Baseboard Heating, but sometimes trouble can still occur. Here are answers to questions about baseboard heating missing pressure relief valve.


I just moved into a house with a baseboard heating system. I had a plumber come check out the system, but the gas wasn't on. He said to have the gas company light the pilot when they turned on the gas. He said everything was good to go after that. The serviceman with the gas company lit the pilot, but said he didn't notice a pressure relief valve. It just has a cap. He said not to run it until we got a relief valve and then told me some of the things that could happen. Do I need the relief valve or is the cap good enough? I think I know the answer, I just want to be sure.


Dear BK:

Yes, your intuition I suspect is correct. I would NEVER recommend operating a hot water boiler system without a pressure relief valve. And further, even if a system has a pressure relief valve, it needs to be routinely inspected and tested to ensure that it is operating properly. This is a VERY important safety feature of your home.

Hope this is helpful.

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