Giving you peace of mind, as well as keeping your family nice and warm during the cold winter months, a well functioning set of radiators in your property will also help to keep your heating bills down to a minimum. By ensuring that your radiators, and heating system in general, are well maintained, your system will work better, use less power and heat your home more efficiently. Whilst we strongly recommend the benefits of having your heating unit inspected and maintained on an annual basis, by a qualified, Gas Safe engineer, there are some things that you can do safely to help keep things working as they should.
Proper maintenance will not only save you time and money, but will also alert you to any potential problems and let you handle them before they turn into larger, more costly problems.
Hot Water Radiators
Central heating radiators use hot water to produce their heat and the most common issue with these radiators is trapped air in the system. If they become full of air instead of hot water, they will be unable to generate enough heat to heat the room.
Fortunately, this problem has a simple cure to remove any unwanted air from the hot water radiator system. After turning on the boiler for the first time each winter, open the bleed valve a little at each radiator unit. You will immediately notice that air will start hissing from the valve. When water begins to seep from the system, close the valve. Always begin this process on the top floor of the building, and move down floor by floor until every valve in the system has been bled.
Another common problem in a piped system is the loss of heat as the hot water moves from the boiler to the radiators. To prevent heat loss in areas where heat is unneeded, wrap the distribution pipes with insulation that will hold up under high temperatures.
If you need the assistance of a high quality team of Gas Safe Registered plumbers, give us a call on Tel. No. 020 7610 1616 and our skilled team of plumbers will be able to quickly pay you a visit.