What to Do if a Radiator is Not Working

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As the nights are getting longer, we know that the cold days are soon to come. A radiator that doesn’t heat up around this time of year can be a big problem. The last thing you want is to have a freezing home in the middle of winter. So when your radiator doesn’t heat up, what should you do?

Here we have a few simple steps to find out the problem and get your home nice and warm again.

Most radiator faults are easy to tackle, being caused by simple problems. Here are five simple steps that you can follow to get your home warm and toasty: perfect for those winter months.

1. Check for Bigger Problems

To begin, you should check for any more severe problems surrounding your central heating system. This will mean checking if your central heating is working as it should be. If none of your radiators begin to heat up, there could be a big problem.

Do you have hot water? Is your boiler making a weird noise? If so, it may be time to seek professionals.

2. Bleed Your Radiators

If only one or just a few of your radiators aren’t heating up, it may be due to trapped air. If they’ve been turned off over summer, air can become trapped inside, only heating up on one half of the radiator.

If you find these problems more often than not, your radiator needs bleeding.

Simply use your radiator key and turn it until you hear a hissing sound. When this sound fades, and water begins to expel, close the bleed key.

Your radiators should soon be heating up nicely.

3. Check Your Radiator Valves and Sleeves

If trapped air isn’t the issue and the entire radiator is remaining cold, it could be down to a faulty valve. It is crucial to make sure both valves on either side of the radiator are open, and if you have a thermostat valve, make sure the radiator is on.

Radiator sleeves are usually thought of as being purely aesthetic but they can also help prevent heat loss. I recommend taking a look at the range available from Trade Radiators. The base of the sleeve helps keep heat heading to the radiator. If your sleeves are severely dented they may even be impacting the pipe work itself.

4. Find If Your System Needs Powerflushing

If none of these steps fix your radiator, you may need to perform a power flushing service.

Powerflushing is the process that helps to remove any trapped sludge and dirt that can clog up over time when your radiator is not used correctly.

The mains sign that your radiators to be power flushed is the bottom of the radiator staying cold. This is because the sludge remains trapped at the radiator’s base, and doesn’t allow it to heat up.

5. Get Heating Professional Help

If you are still unsure what to do about your problem, the best thing to do is call a qualified professional.

No matter the issue, they will be able to diagnose the problem and have your home cozy and warm in no time.

Heather Breese
Heather Breese is a qualified writer who fell in love with creativity and became a specialist creator and writer, focused on readers and market need.

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