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Cost of Radiant Heat Repair

Most homeowners spend between $270 to $476 nationally.
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In cold climates, radiant heating can be a smart and energy-efficient way to stay warm and keep utility costs low. The cost of installation can be high, but for many homeowners the benefits are more than worth that investment. Unfortunately, radiant heat systems are not immune to damage. There are a number of different problems that can occur, and each needs attention in order to keep residents warm as temperatures drop outside. For radiant heat in the ceilings or the floors, this guide can help estimate some of the most common costs associated with radiant heat repair.

National Repair a Radiant Heating System Costs

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National Average Cost $443
Minimum Cost $60
Maximum Cost $1,200
Average Range $270 to $476
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Cracking & Peeling in Ceiling Tiles

Although radiant heat in the ceiling is less common than in flooring, it is still a common option in some colder climates. One of the most common problems in radiant heat ceiling systems is visible cracking and peeling in the ceiling. This is typically caused by the weight of the system itself. Thankfully, repairing this damage is generally cosmetic, so homeowners can hire general contractors or drywall professionals rather than electricians or plumbers. However, the fix may involve re-plastering the ceiling and repainting it as well. Homeowners should expect to pay upwards of $400 to re-plaster the ceiling in a small room.

Leaking Steel Tubes in Radiant Panel Floor Systems

Steel tubes are a smart choice for radiant heat in the floors of a home, but they too can eventually suffer from wear and tear. While they typically last for years without any issues whatsoever, when they do begin leaking, repair is expensive. The best solution may be to remove the existing flooring and completely reinstall new tubes. This is a pricey and time-consuming procedure, but when done correctly it can last for decades. Expect to pay between $5,475 and $7,125 to have this done in a residential home.

Inadequate Heat

Another common problem that can occur in homes with radiant heat systems in the flooring is that the heat becomes less and less noticeable over time. Often, this occurs after the flooring has been changed in some way. Materials like hardwood, carpet and even vinyl may not be the best choice for use with radiant heat flooring because these materials have high rates of insulation, and they can actually keep the warmth out rather than letting it heat up the home. If inadequate heat is the problem, the best solution may be to replace the flooring altogether. Of course, this can be an expensive repair, and the cost will depend heavily on the type of flooring chosen. However, expect to pay upwards of $2,000 per room to remove existing flooring and replace it with a more effective option.

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