How to Cleanse your Central Heating System

Although it may not seem like it with these cold February days, spring is well on its way. Lighter nights and warmer days are upon us; and whilst you may not see yourself dialling down the central heating any time soon, you will be before you know it. Once temperatures start to see double figures, it is a good idea to do a check of your central heating system. This includes bleeding your radiators, and even giving them a new coat of paint if they need it. For a full central heating cleanse, you can even give your system a power flush to really prepare for the seasons ahead and keep everything in good working order.

Bleed your Radiators

Radiators require bleeding when pockets of air get trapped; these small pockets cause hot water to not circulate as effectively as it should meaning it can take much longer to heat your home. Regularly bleeding your radiators can help avoid this occurring. As the heating in our homes is used so often throughout the winter months, we can become a little lax in caring for it properly; but once the colder season starts coming to an end it is time to give your central heating a little care and attention.

Whilst you’re bleeding your radiators and undoubtedly doing a little spring clean simultaneously, why not give them a coat of fresh paint to brighten up the room.

Flushing your Central Heating

For something a little more powerful, you can flush your entire central heating system. Rust will begin to build up inside your central heating system over time. This build up can cause a number of things to occur in your central heating system such as; radiators requiring frequent bleeding and being cold at either the top or bottom, little to no heat distribution to the radiators, a noisy or problematic boiler, little to no hot water and high fuel bills. If left untreated this build up of rust can lead to boiler failure.

Instead of waiting for your boiler to fail, the change in season is a great time to give your heating system a reboot and flush it out. Central heating flushers are designed to flush out and remove the harmful iron oxide deposits (rust) which cause radiator and boiler problems. The flushing machine is connected to the heating circuit and a high flow of water is pushed through the circuit to effectively purge the system of sludge, scale and corrosion.

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