Central Heating System Maintenance

Central Heating System Maintenance

Some jobs around the home are not very exciting but totally necessary if you want to keep a happy home functioning. Important jobs like making sure your boiler receives an annual service, so you don’t end up without hot water or heating in the bleak mid-winter! Not only does the service ensure everything is safe but will also guarantee that your boiler is running efficiently and cleanly.

You’ll also want to think about bleeding your radiators. Turning on your boiler after the summer, you might notice that after running the heating for a while, not all the radiators warm up as quickly as they should. This is most likely due to air in the radiator. To bleed a radiator, you will need a rag and a radiator key. Lay something down to protect the carpet in case of leakage. Turn the key in the valve about 45 degrees anti-clockwise and catch any escaping water with the rag. You should hear any trapped air escaping with a hissing noise.

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Still having radiator problems?

Then it could be one of these following issues:

Valve painted over – If you or someone else has painted, the valve might have been painted over as well. Applying some elbow grease and a squirt of WD40 should do it but if not, you might need to call in a professional.

Radiator is hot at top but not at the bottom – This is most likely due to sludge collecting in the bottom of your radiator. Your central heating system will need a powerflush and you should call a professional.

No heat from Radiator – Check to see that the valve at the bottom of the radiator is open. It will turn clockwise. If it is open and the radiator is still not heating up, this could mean a problem with the valve. If you need to replace the valve, we would always recommend that you opt for a thermostatic radiator valve as it gives you the ability to adjust the heat setting of the radiator according to your needs.

When the boiler is running, ensure the pressure gauge is operating to the Manufacturer’s recommended pressure levels. If the pressure is too low, then you can top it up, but this needs to be done carefully as a part called the Pressure Release Valve is easy to damage. If in any doubt, call in a professional to carry out a thorough service. For Boiler Installation Gloucester, contact a trusted local company. A Gloucester boiler installation company like HPR Services Ltd can help.

Always check that the flame in your boiler is blue. If it ever appears as orange or yellow, contact a Gas Engineer immediately as this can indicate a fault with your boiler.

Never attempt to carry out repairs to a boiler yourself. Whoever repairs or replaces your boiler must be a Gas Safe Registered engineer. What is important is having the knowledge to spot when there might be an issue and keeping the boiler accessible while taking measures to prevent any unnecessary damage.