Every radiator packs up from time to time. If your radiator has stopped heating up altogether, or feels merely lukewarm at best, not to worry. Chances are you can tackle the problem all by yourself, with the tips below:
If your radiator only warms up to a point…
… it is probably time to bleed your heating system. Using a bleed key or a screwdriver and a tray to collect the water, you will have the job done in two shakes of a lamb’s tail! If your radiator stays cold after you have bled it, something may be wrong with the valve insert, there may be a problem with your central heating boiler or the ducts, or the water could be unevenly distributed across your radiators. If that is the case, resolving the problem by yourself could prove quite a challenge. Play it safe and call in an installation engineer.
If your radiator feels lukewarm…
… chances are there is nothing wrong and your radiator has simply reached the desired temperature. To be on the safe side, set a higher temperature for a short space of time to determine whether the radiator starts to heat up. If it remains lukewarm, there is more to it. In this case, you are better of contacting an installation engineer.
Having a new radiator fitted? Work out the output
If you mean to heat your home as properly and as efficiently as possible, you will need to work out how much output the radiators will require in each room. After all, no room is alike, and we are not just talking about dimensions. The purpose of the space and your preferred temperature play a major part too.
Want to find out more? Read all about the recommended temperatures per room and find out how to calculate the output of your radiators.
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25 May 2016
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