3 Common Heating Problems And How To Fix Them It’s frustrating when your central heating starts to have problems. The majority of issues occur after summer when your central heating system has had some time off. Sometimes they’re not always major issues and can be easy to fix. To avoid such problems, it is best to run the system from time to time.
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Radiators Are Warm At The Bottom Only
This is such a common problem in all UK households and can happen at any time. When a radiator is only warm at the bottom and is making a very clunky noise, you need to ‘bleed’ the trapped air out of it.
Grab a small towel or piece of kitchen roll, locate the screw which is usually on the right-hand side of your radiator and place the towel closely under it so the wall and floor are protected. Slowly open the screw with a bleed key and this will gradually let out the trapped air; some dirty water should follow and this means it’s done. Close the valve tightly and check your pressure gauge in case it needs a top-up.
The Radiator Is Warm At The Top Only
If your radiator is warm at the top instead, it means that you could have a build-up of sludge which needs to be flushed out. Although it is a hassle, this can easily be done without the help of a professional.
Firstly, make sure that your heating system is off and wait for it to cool down before you go any further, as you don’t want to burn yourself. Lay down some old sheets and turn off your radiators’ valves so it is cut off from the rest of the system, and then bleed it dry into a bucket. Disconnect the radiator and place it somewhere suitable where you can flush it with a hose to rid of the sludge inside.
Once you have completely flushed your radiator, it is ready to be re-attached. If flushing doesn’t work, you will need to call in a professional as there may be further issues such as a leak.
A Drop In The Heating Systems’ Pressure
If you notice that the pressure in your heating system has dropped, take a look at your boiler’s pressure gauge. Various factors can lead to this happening, especially if you have recently bled your radiators.
Simply top the system up with water when you notice a drop after you’ve carried out recent maintenance. If you don’t know how to do this, check your users’ manual or call a professional who can provide advice.
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