At this time of year we’re all feeling the cold and when you get home from work all you want is the feeling of a nice warm house. But is that happening for you? If your radiators aren’t working properly then your house isn’t heating up as it should and your boiler isn’t operating efficiently. So, to get you warmer this winter, here are our top 5 tips to know if your radiators need bleeding.
1. Are your radiator becoming more vocal?
If you have trapped air inside your radiators then they may become more vocal, making noises such as rattling or burbling. There are various reasons this could happen, but chances are a quick bleed of the radiator will sort this problem out quickly and put your mind at ease that there isn’t a larger problem causing this.
2. Your radiators stop heating up half way up
If your radiators are heating up, but only at the bottom, this is one of the most common signs that your radiator needs bleeding. It means that air has been collecting inside the radiator and has accumulated at the top. This needs to be removed, before the air takes over the whole radiator and it stops working altogether.
3. Your radiator has given up on warming up completely
It’s possible that this may be being caused by trapped air in your radiator or pipes. It’s not necessarily the case, as this can be caused by more serious issues. However, it’s still worth bleeding the radiator to see if it will fix the problem. It certainly needs addressing as soon as possible, as the restriction of the flow of hot water into your radiator can cause much worse problems if left untreated.
4. You spot condensation, damp or even mould
If you notice condensation or any patches of damp or mould around the house, this could be an indication that your radiators aren’t heating up properly. Check the heat distribution in the radiator(s) nearest the condensation patches, damp or mould and bleed them to see if this alleviates the problem
How Often should I Bleed My Radiators
Bleeding radiators shouldn’t need to be carried out too often. Your radiator system is designed to be air tight, so air shouldn’t be getting into it easily. You should only bleed your radiators if you identify a cold spot on them. However, checking your radiators for cold spots every few months is a good idea, so you can detect any issues early on.
If you’re having to bleed your radiators very regularly, or when your heating is on constantly, this may be an indication of an underlying problem with your system or water pressure in your boiler and it may be worth seeking professional advice.