Stay Warm This Winter
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a DIY expert, these tips might help you get to the root of why your radiator is not as warm as it should be by helping diagnose the problem in your central heating system and maybe to fix cold radiator problem without calling a plumber.
- Step 1 -The first thing to take a look at is whether the valves on either side of the radiator are fully open. If the valves are fully open, but the radiator is still cold then there is a possibility that the valves may be blocked by lime scale. In case the valves are blocked, the radiator may need to be flushed out and / or radiator valves changed.
- Step 2 – If your central heating is switched on and the radiators are still cold then the heating system could be filled with sludge which will stop the circulation of hot water. On open vented central heating system you should be able to solve your cold radiator problems just by cleaning your system. Cleaning heating system can be a big job, so you may need to get a professional plumber.
- Step 3 – If central heating radiator is hot at the bottom and colder at the top, the likely cause of this is trapped air in the radiator. This problem is easily resolved by bleeding the radiator.
- Step 4 – Should you experience a problem with your downstairs radiators failing to heat up, it is highly likely that your pump is broken or it is failing. Only one cold radiator downstairs – system balancing might be needed. Cold radiators upstairs of your home generally indicate that the feed and expansion tank is empty. The feed and expansion tank is usually located in the loft. Refill the tank so that there is enough water to float the ballcock. If your feed and expansion tank was empty, make sure there are no leaks in the central heating system.
We always recommend leaving it to the professionals though as one phonecall to J & P can see your plumbing & heating problems quickly disappear!
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.
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