Opinions on replacing cast iron rad? Is GC right?
I'm having our kitchen/mud room space remodeled. There is a cast iron radiator in the kitchen that I love. It puts out a lot of heat, is wonderful to put your mittens on when you come in from shoveling snow, or for warming them up before going out to shovel. :-) This is hot water heat (not steam).
For the new kitchen layout, I want the radiator relocated to a new spot. The GC is suggesting instead to replace it, because sediment has likely built up in the bottom and makes the radiator less effective.
However, I grew up in a house that had one 5-foot long baseboard heater to heat the kitchen, and it never did an effective job (still doesn't actually. My parents still live there). I can't help but think that this big cast iron radiator will still heat better even with sediment in the bottom than a new baseboard heater. And it got hot just fine over this past winter.
Plus, my radiator looks nice--it's painted white, got curved sections, with just a few chips in the white paint showing the metal underneath, not shabby at all (imho, and did I mention that I love it? :-))
So, what are your opinions about the possible sediment? Is sediment build-up a good reason to replace it with a baseboard hot-water radiator, now that this remodeling is being done? Is sediment likely to mean it'll fail in two years, and I'll have to replace it then anyway?
(I think he's suggesting a brand new radiator, and not going out to find a replacement cast iron one with less sediment.)
Thanks in advance!