Plumbing in the Home/Baseboard heating problem

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QUESTION: Hi Tom,
I have a 2 floor apartment. Downstairs is the kitchen & bath.
Upstairs is the bedroom. My heat in the bathroom is attached to
the thermostat upstairs, which makes no sense. So, the downstairs
thermostat only controls the kitchen. Someone told me this is a wiring issue, where another has said it has something to do with the piping in the bathroom. I'm wondering what I can do to correct this. If you have any idea, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

ANSWER: Dear Kathy,

   The two thermostats mean that there are two zones to heat your apartment.  The first zone, and what the designers would have considered to be the more important would be the bedroom and bath.  The other zone is your kitchen and the rest of the apartment.

   Since you mention piping, I would probably guess that you have a hot water heating system.  If that is the case, then the thermostats control either a valve or a pump for each zone.  So, the limitation that you have to work with is that the Kitchen is plumbed (pipes) for one zone, and the bathroom and bedroom are plumbed (piped) together to create the other zone.

   If your concern is that you want to set the temperature in the bathroom, then you could have the thermostat relocated to the bathroom from the bedroom.  That would mean a change in the wiring and probably would not be too difficult for someone who has done this before.  That would mean that you would not be controlling the temperature in the bedroom but since heat rises the upstairs should always be warmer than the downstairs.  Especially if you keep the inside doors open.

   If you would like some more information or some exact advice, please send me some information about the heating system and the floor plan of the apartment.

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QUESTION: Hi Tom,
Thank you for your prompt answer! What I'd like to know is if it
is possible to have the bathroom heat moved onto the kitchen
thermostat which is downstairs, so that I don't have to turn the bedroom heat on.
It is much warmer already upstairs.
Thank you again!

Answer
Hi Kathy,

   I just don't have enough information about the system to give you a good answer about that.
If the design of the system is that the bathroom and bedroom are in a continuous loop then it would be very complicated and pricey to change it.

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I am experienced at troubleshooting and solving all types of plumbing problems. Issues related to specific manufacturers fixtures and specifications though are beyond my field of expertise. I have dealt with problems in both rural and urban areas, and with water supply and drainage systems. Plumbing issues can be very obscure... such as odors, stains or occasional seepage. I have even had to chase rats from a customer's sewer line.

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I have 25 years experience dealing with plumbing systems (which also includes hot water and steam heating systems). My main expertise is in diagnosing and solving problems. I have worked in construction and installation of new systems but do not regard myself as an expert in that area.

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Asbury Park Press, Seattle Times, Denver Post.

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I completed high school and one year of college. I served 4 years in the Marine Corps and have education in electronic and electrical troubleshooting and repair. I have attended classes on installing and repair of oil burners, and I have EPA universal certification for air conditioning and refrigeration. I am now enrolled as a full-time student at Everest college to re-train for a new career. Any donations of financial support would be greatly appreciated.

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All of Denny's Restaurants in NJ, Several Burger King stores, I have done work at two different homes for Bruce Springsteen. I have also worked for Jim Johnson (of J&J) and his family, Whitney Houston, Steve Forbes and many others.

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