Maintenance is key to keeping your central heating ticking over; after all, if you depend on your boiler and radiators for heating and hot water, it makes sense to keep them properly looked after.
When is the best time to perform radiator maintenance and what should you be looking for?
How do radiators work?
Whether you have flat panel or column radiators, they operate in exactly the same way. Water is heated by the boiler and pumped around your home to your radiators, which are fitted with valves to maintain an even flow rate that determines how hot your radiators get. As the heat transfers out of the radiator, the water sinks to the bottom and is filtered out to be reheated again.
To properly maintain your heating system, it is important to understand the way it works. In this way, you can pinpoint potential problems and deal with them fast.
Why do my radiators need maintaining?
Some of the most common issues with radiators are easy to fix yourself; for example, if your radiators are heating unevenly or not heating at all, you may need to bleed them or flush out the sludge that can build up in your system.
Bleeding your radiators is the best cure for air trapped in the system and is quick and easy to do. There are no special tools involved, as most modern radiators can be bled with a screwdriver. On the other hand, if your radiator is not heating in the middle or the bottom, it may need to be flushed or even replaced. A professional heating engineer will be happy to give advice, such as how can you choose sizes for column radiators or whether using a smart thermostat makes sense for your home.
Why should I maintain my radiators in the summer?
There are a number of benefits to maintaining your radiators in the summer, but number one is the weather. If your system needs a major overhaul, it is better to have the work done when it is warm outside; otherwise, you run the risk of your heating breaking down in the winter when engineers are at their busiest.
Some planned maintenance such as bleeding your radiators and fixing any leaks could prevent a winter disaster, so try showing your radiators a little TLC this summer.