Cold weather will always have a considerable strain on your radiator heating systems and wallet. A study has shown that 25% of Britons cannot afford to pay for emergency boiler repairs if such a problem surfaces. This leads to many DIY efforts which can be fraught with risk, especially if somebody who lacks the requisite skills undertakes such an effort.
A regular maintenance program is absolutely crucial in order to keep your radiator up and running the year round, especially during the cold winters. Additionally, it is also important to not wait around till the winter to check for any problems/deficiencies with your heating system. Any potential issues that are left unchecked could exacerbate over the course of the year, which means that you might you have to undertake more comprehensive repair during the winter.
In this guide we will talk about some of the most common designer radiator or boiler problems that you could encounter.
- Cold Patches Appearing at The Top of Your Radiator
The presence of cold patches at the top of your radiator is indicative of air being trapped in your heating system, which interferes with the hot water. The solution to this problem is fairly simple. To release the extra air, you will have to ‘bleed’ the system. This could end up saving you substantial money in the long run.
- Problems With Bleeding The Radiator
Complications could arise when you are attempting to bleed the radiator and there are several causes for this. Perhaps the most common issue could involve the owner losing the bleed key. Still it is easy to find a replacement for this at your local hardware shop. Ensure that you choose a key with specifications identical to your original one.
- Water Continues to Drip Even After The Bleeding Process
Generally, during the bleeding process the water forces all the trapped air out of your heating system. At the end, water might continue to drip through the release valve. A resolution for this issue can be found by evaluating the seal and pressure of the central system. If the problem continues to linger, seek professional assistance.
- You Observe Cold Patches At The Bottom of Your Radiator
If there is any build up in your heating system, it is indicated by the presence of cold patches at the bottom part of your radiator. The most likely causes for this include rust, sludge or scales, which typically accumulate over a period of time. Solving this problem by yourself can be tricky, so it is advisable to contact a professional to help you deal with it.
- You See Cold Patches In The Middle Part Of Your Radiator
This could again indicate that there is an excessive accumulation of dirt or sludge at the bottom of your radiator. To solve this you could give your system a thorough cleaning. However, make sure that you turn off your system and disengage your radiator before you do this. Do not attempt to do this task in the middle of winter. A thorough flush should ensure that your system remains operational for a minimum of two years and in some cases even longer.
- Some Radiators Are Hot, While Others Remain Cold
It might appear that some radiators in your house do not seem to give out the same heat output as the radiators placed in the other rooms. The end result is wasted energy, uneven heat and high energy bills. Start by checking the valves located at each side of your radiator. These valves dictate the flow, so even if one valve is closed, it will lead to uneven heat discharge. The smaller of the two valves is also referred to as the ‘lockshield’ valve. This valve dictates the water flow through your radiator. If your radiator is situated further away from the boiler, you may have to open this valve wider. You are probably dealing with a back up issue, if both the valves are adequately opened, yet still there is an uneven flow of heat.
- The Pressure Dial Is Low On The Boiler
In combination boilers there must be adequate pressure for the systems to function effectively. If the pressure dial is not located between 1 and 2 bars, you will need to address the issue. This job can turn out to be too complicated to do by yourself so, it is advisable to seek professional help to overcome this problem in an efficient manner.