What Causes Radiator Problems
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This article looks at what causes radiator problems in your heating systems. We look at what causes of radiator leaks and how to maintain and care for your radiators.
Causes of Radiator leaks
There are many reasons why one household or property radiators may leak out. You can resolve some of these issues yourself if you have the skills to do so; however, it is often safer and more efficient to contact an experienced gas safe registered professional in your area to get the job done for you.
You may call them using the company phone number or send a message to the email address to receive a free quote.
The following causes of radiator leaks include:
Maintenance and care for your radiators
Radiators are typically hard-working and robust systems that work efficiently all-around your home. With a small amount of care and maintenance, you'll feel warm and toasty for many years to come.
There are a small few easy steps to follow that can ensure that no matter what, you get the maximum mileage out of each of the radiators in your property or home and avoid future leaks. Even you only decide to replace one of two of them.
It would help if you also didn't forget it is far more challenging for your boiler as it has to work much harder to produce hot water to heat your radiators if they aren't as efficient as usual. The more strain you put on your boilers, the more you can wear it out, and in doing this, you could risk costly issues and repairs cropping up in the future.
The first tip we would give is to ensure you aren't placing the furniture too close or directly in front of your radiators.
Doing so could cause damage to your furnishings; however, it can prevent heat from efficiently circulating your room and house.
Blocking off heat can bring down the energy efficiency, causing you to continue upping the temperature and more frequently switching the heating on and off to see if you can feel a difference, which will, ultimately, increase your energy costs.
It would be best to avoid drying clothes or wet towels on your radiators after finishing the washing or getting out of the shower.
We understand that it's a common fault, and we've all done it; however, it causes a drastic amount of rust and condensation over time that you will have to remove and paint over.
Rust and condensation not only cause external damage to the appearance of your radiators, but they can also do damage to the inside of the radiators over time and lead to cold spots and other faults.
Continuously checking the inhibitor levels of your system regularly is something that we would also advise doing.
The inhibitor is a chemical liquid known for prolonging and protecting your central heating system's overall lifespan. It's best to frequently look at it to ensure that it's performing well.
Alongside this, we recommend checking each aspect of your radiators at least once a month to see if you can feel any significant cold spots.
If you discover them, you may need to bleed your radiators.
Do you need to replace your radiator or radiator valves?
There are times when you may discover that you must get your radiator replaced entirely by a professional, or at least you may have to replace its valves.
Such could be the case if you find that your radiator has leaked at the body or if your valve is faulty. For those faced with replacing damaged radiators or valves, you must do some research to predetermine the right products for you.
When you replace your current leaking radiator valve, you want to ensure that your newly purchased valve is the same model and brand as your existing valve. Then, once this has been established, you must follow these steps:
Firstly, you must drain all the water from your current central heating system radiator.
Next, you want to clean all the valve threads inside your radiator lightly but thoroughly.
Then, you want to use your spanner to carefully unscrew all the nuts that connect the valve to your water pipe and unscrew the old valve entirely.
Carefully wind a PFTE thread around the threads of your new adapters and screw these into the radiator.
Finally, we'd ask that you refill your central heating system with water and ensure you bleed the radiator to get rid of any trapped air inside.
Make sure you close the bleed thoroughly so that you don't experience any more leaking.
When replacing your leaking radiator, you must remember that in this case, bigger does not mean better. There is a wide range of modern radiators that you'll find are half of your current rod size, and yet they offer as much heat output as your existing radiators.
You can reduce the overall replacement cost with smaller heating systems and more compact designs, as they will appear more discreet and sleek when in your home or property.
Do you require radiator and heating servicing? We offer services to both domestic and commercial customers Uppingham, Oakham, Stamford and Rutland. Our charges are highly competitive and realistic. If you are experiencing problems with your central heating - Please contact us.