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Radiators are one of the items in your house that you should consider having checked annually, or at least every other year. Radiators work far more efficiently if they are bled regularly, which is something your plumber can easily show you how to do yourself. This will keep them running well and may stop the need for later call outs.
Your heating expert can also give the whole central heating system the once over. Bleeding the radiators means that the whole of the radiator heats up, rather than just a part of it. A well-maintained system keeps your house warm and saves you money on your energy bills. Repairing minor faults with radiators before they become a problem is always a worthwhile investment and this should be a fairly quick job.
If you have leaking radiators then they will not be working efficiently and will need immediate attention to stop the problem getting worse. If you have such a leak your boiler pressure may drop without warning and you may notice drips or dampness around the joints on pipes or at the base of the radiator. Any good plumber should be able to repair this quickly. However, it can take more time to solve the problem if the leak occurs in pipes beneath your floorboards.
Your plumber or heating engineer will locate any leaks and then test the system to make sure it is running properly before making any necessary repairs. If bleeding the radiators or repairing leaks does not lead to fully functioning radiators then your plumber may decide to powerflush your heating system. This involves sending pressurised water through your radiators and pipes, collecting corroded metal flakes and parts via a magnetic filter. This is not a lengthy process, but it will require specialised equipment and often mean an extra charge.
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