bleed my radiators

Do I need to bleed my radiators this winter?

A lot of properties within the UK have gas central heating installed, which uses water filled radiators to heat up certain areas. This makes radiator maintenance an essential part of your home upkeep, so you might find yourself asking, Do I need to bleed my radiators?

It is important to recognize the early signs that you may do need to bleed your radiators. With modern water-filled radiators there is a chance that air bubbles can get into the system, which stops the hot water from being pumped around effectively, thus your central heating won’t be heating your home as well and the radiators will need bleeding to release the air.

What suppose to happen is that each radiators should heat all the way to the top, but if air gets into the radiator the system may not heat up at all or only be hot at the bottom. This is because the air is preventing the radiators from completely filling with hot water.

Another sign that you may have air trapped in your radiator system is if you notice any patches of damp or condensation, which can be an indication that the radiators isn’t heating up properly.

How often should I bleed my radiators?

The process of bleeding your radiators is a fairly straightforward process, as the air can be released from the radiators with a special radiator key that can be bought from most DIY shops. This key is used to open the air valve at the top of the radiator to expel the air from within, so the water fills right to the top.

However, this isn’t a process that should need to be done very often and should only be carried out if you have identified a cold spot in a radiator. The radiator system is designed to be airtight, thus air shouldn’t be able to get in easily. However, it doesn’t do any harm to check your radiators every few months to ensure you spot any air pockets early.

If you suspect you have an issue with your radiator and want some friendly and professional advice, then contact Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a boiler repair bromley today. We’ll be happy to advise you on any aspect of your central heating system.

Share This:

benefits of power flushing

The benefits of Power Flushing

The benefits of power flushing is a cleansing process which aims to not only remove but eliminate deposits of sludge, rust and any other debris from your central heating system.

When installing a new heating system a power flush should be carried out as soon as possible.

These toxins, if left, can seriously affect the efficiency of a heating system and in severe cases can damage the central heating altogether.

There will be in some cases where new heating systems that have had a power flush may be in a better condition than a system that’s been in place for many years.

If you don’t have a new heating system installation and have one in which has already been in place for many years? It of course depends on how the heating system was installed in the first place and if the system was cleaned at the time.

It’s a big benefit installing a new boiler but what shouldn’t be forgotten is the radiators and pipework because these could have a huge impact on the efficiency of your new boiler.

A power flush may solve some problems with your heating system, such a noisy boiler, and pipes or erratic heat from radiator while also prolonging the life of your boiler for a while longer.

As with everything, there are no guarantees that carrying out a power flush will solve your problems. It may very well be unusable due to the age and design of your system or low flow rates which can be caused by debris and contamination build up in your pipework.

It is essential to have your heating system croydon checked-out annually as it not only improves efficiency and prolongs the life of the system.

The benefit of power flushing is to maintain the warranty on your heating system. All manufacturers will be keen to make sure that you have a full-service record, should anything go wrong with your heating system within the warranty period.

Share This:

do-i-need-to-bleed-my-radiators

Do I need to bleed my radiators?

A lot of home and commercial premises within the UK have gas central heating installed, which uses water filled radiators to heat rooms. This makes radiators maintenance an essential part of property upkeep, which may involve bleeding your radiators.

As Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a heating and plumbing specialists we’re here to give you the correct information on why and when you should bleed your radiators. To ensure your radiators are functioning at their optimum capacity and are also more energy efficient too.

The process of bleeding your radiators is fairly straightforward, as the air can be released from the radiators with a special radiator key that can be bought from most DIY shops. This key is used to open the air valve at the top of the radiator to expel the air from within, so the water fills right to the top.

However, this isn’t a process that should need to be done very often and should only be carried out if you have identified a cold spot in a radiator. The radiator system is designed to be airtight, thus air shouldn’t be able to get in easily. However, it doesn’t do any harm to check your radiators every few months to ensure you spot any air pockets early.

Naturally, if you find you have to regularly bleed your radiators when the heating is on, then this could be an indication of an underlying problem, such as a leak s in the system or a problem with the water pressure in your boiler. This is when it’s time to seek professional advice. Contact a professional plumber, who can help to identify why and where the air keeps getting in the system and can ensure it gets repaired so your heating is operating on all cylinders again.

If you suspect you have an issue with your heating and want some friendly and professional advice, then contact Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a plumbing bromley company today. We’ll be happy to advise you on any aspect of your central heating system.

Share This:

pros & cons on having a power flush is a procedure that will clean your entire central heating system of sludge, rust and other debris

The Pros & Cons On having a Power Flush

The pros & cons on having a power flush is a procedure that will clean your entire central heating system of sludge, rust and other debris.

This sludge and debris will pile up over time and can seriously affect your heating system, in the worst case scenario render your heating system essentially useless.

The process of a power flush is very simple, a high-pressure pumping device is used to pump in certain chemicals while at the same time applying enough pressure to loosen and flush out whatever dirt is clogged up in the plumbing, therefore improving the circulation of water in the previously poor heating system.Here is a quick and simple guide on the pros & cons on having a power flush.

Pros:

  • Power flush improves the heating efficiency of the central heating system.
  • Can diminish excessive noise from boiler.
  • Power flushing is a long term investment which in time should be able to pay itself back through better efficiency heating system.
  • Cleaning out your heating system prolongs longevity of both boiler and radiators.

Cons:

  • This method is only really effective on heating systems and, the more severely clogged systems need to be taken apart and cleaned manually with tools.
  • If you are considering a power flush to your system, some companies prey on unknowing customers and they might try to persuade you to get an expensive flush you don´t need or charge you twice the price of what it´s worth. It is always a good idea to get more than one quote and do look on-line for recommendations as well as testimonials of the companies you are considering.
  • The condition of your plumbing needs to be rather specific for a flush to be the best choice and you could end up throwing several hundred pounds down the drain where you could just have gone with a cheaper solution. However, if your system does fit the criteria, a power flush is definitely worth it.

To find our more information then please give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a plumbing croydon a call today.

Share This:

bleed a radiator

How to Bleed a Radiator

 The severe weather seen late last winter is due for a comeback with temperatures in places set to hit -20. It is important to make sure you are fully prepared on how to bleed a radiator.

If you do face any problems over the cold snap that isn’t easily fixable by yourself, it’s always best to call a plumber before the problem gets any worse, saving cost in the long run.

Why bleed a radiator?

In your property you may notice that sometimes although the heating is on the radiator is not warm at the top of the radiator but is at the bottom. This is because systems can occasionally get air in them, blocking the water from flowing through the system correctly. This air needs to be removed to get the full potential from you heating system. This is known as bleeding the system.

Tools required:

Radiator Bleeding Key

Towel (optional – just in case)

Elbow Grease!

STEP ONE: Turn off your boiler. Make sure your boiler is off to prevent further air entering the system when you bleed it.

STEP TWO: Open the Valves. The majority of radiators will have two valves at the base which control the water in and out of the radiator make sure these valves are open before moving on to the next step.

STEP THREE: Place the bleed key in the bleed screw, the bleed key is designed to fit snugly over the screw; however over time the soft metals of both key and screw can deteriorate if this is the case a spanner can also be used.

Turn the key anti-clockwise slowly until you hear a hissing sound. This is the air escaping the system keep your towel handy as water may then escape radiator once the air has emptied. Once water escapes simply turn it clockwise until it is tightly closed.

This will need to be repeated on all radiators.

To find out more information then give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a central heating installation bromely company a call today.

Share This: