Heating, Air Conditioning, Fridge, HVAC/Baseboard pipes


Hi, Joseph,
We're told that we should maintain at least 50 degrees throughout the house during the winter, or else our baseboard pipes will break. Why would they break without the heat on? Is it because the water in the pipes would freeze, expand, and thus burst open the pipes? If so, would it be okay to drain the water from the pipes and leave them empty throughout the year? Would that harm the baseboard system in any way? It's a waste of energy to keep the entire house heated when parts of it isn't used. Thank you in advance for your answer.


draining and refilling annually adds oxygenated water into your system, which could corroded any non copper fittings.Certainly you can drain your system, but also boilers once started prefer to be kept running hot, to prevent contraction when off(  cold  boiler) then expansion when hot ( running ) causing possible leaks as they get older. ( gaskets  leaking for instance ) I would run it at a low inside room temperature and lower the baseboard water temperature slightly also.

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