Radiator not turning on? This is why
If your radiator has decided to stop working, it may be that your pump has broken or the radiator requires bleeding. There could be many reasons as to why your radiator is not warming up but the most common error is that the air needs to bleed out of the radiator.
Check your other appliances
The first thing to do, in order to ensure safety and to be sure of the issue is to check all other appliances, including your boiler. You must check your boiler is running well and other appliances are not being affected, to ensure the issue is directly with your radiator. Having more than one faulty radiator could require a plumber as it signals a fault with your entire central heating system so evaluate your situation before making a decision.
Bleed your radiator
Bleeding a radiator means simply removing air from it using the radiator valves. This is often a result of having air bubbles stuck inside your central heating system which prevent water from circulating and heating your home takes longer than it should, which could be costing you money.
You can bleed your radiator yourself if you follow general guidelines, shown in our previous blog. A few factors to consider include the location of the valve, how many radiators are inside your household and which ones in particular are not working. It is always best to start from downstairs and work your way upstairs and make sure you turn off your boiler and wait for the heat to cool down before starting the bleed process.
Powerflush your radiator
If bleeding your radiator does not resolve the issue, it may be that they all need powerflushing. Sludge and grime can build up in your radiators, so powerflushing simply clears out your central heating by pumping water and specialized chemicals through the system. By clearing out your radiators this way, it can make them much more efficient though powerflushing should be left to a professional heating engineer.
It can be frustrating when you can’t pinpoint why your radiators aren’t turning on. That’s why, here at DHS Heating and Plumbing, we are available to provide an excellent service and explanation every step of the way. Get in touch to find out more about plumbing and heating in Bristol.