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Maintain Peak Performance: A Comprehensive Guide to Radiator Care in the North West

In this comprehensive guide to radiator maintenance, Thermotech Engineering explains the vital role your radiators play in maintaining comfort in your home. 

As winter approaches, your central heating system takes center stage, and the workhorses on the frontline are your radiators.

But just like any reliable equipment, radiators require regular maintenance to deliver optimum performance and keep your home warm and energy-efficient. 

The following are some tips and tricks we have put together to help guide you though how to perform regular radiator maintenance: 

Banishing Air Blockages

Trapped air acts like a silent saboteur within your radiators, hindering hot water circulation and reducing heat output. To combat this, annual bleeding is crucial, ideally prior to winter. Here’s the simple procedure:

  1. Turn off your central heating system. Safety first!
  2. Gather your tools: a bleed key, a towel, and a container.
  3. Position the container under the bleed valve, typically located at the side of the radiator.
  4. Slowly open the valve with the bleed key. Listen for a hissing sound – that’s the air escaping!
  5. Once water starts flowing continuously, tighten the valve to seal the escape route.
  6. Repeat the process for all your radiators. Don’t let any air pockets remain!

Leak Detection

Even the most reliable equipment can occasionally sustain wear and tear. Regularly inspect your radiators and pipes for leaks, especially around joints and valves. A small leak can quickly become a bigger issue, so if you spot any suspicious drips, don’t hesitate to contact Thermotech Engineering. We’ll diagnose the problem and provide expert repair solutions.

Dust Management

Don’t underestimate the power of dust! These tiny foes can clog your radiator fins, impacting heat flow and forcing your system to work harder. For regular maintenance, a dry cloth for gentle dusting suffices. For a deeper clean, a cool hairdryer setting can dislodge stubborn dust bunnies. Remember, never pour water directly on your radiator! For stubborn grime, a damp cloth and safe cleaning wipes like OX Biodegradable Eco Wipes are your allies. Avoid harsh chemicals that could damage the paint.

TRV Tweaks

 Those little dials on your radiators, known as thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), act like volume knobs for heat. Ensure they’re all in harmony! Check that they’re on, except for the one in the room with your main thermostat. If a radiator feels cold, check the TRV first – it might just be turned down. Generally, setting them to 3 provides comfortable warmth around 20°C.

Boiler Temperature Tune-Up

 The boiler is the conductor of your heating symphony. In modern combi boilers, aim for a heating temperature between 60°C and 80°C, adjusting it based on the season and desired warmth. Remember, higher temperatures might heat your home faster, but they also consume more energy. Refer to your boiler manual for specific instructions.

Bonus Tip: Strategic positioning is key!

Don’t let your radiators lose their heat to windows or furniture. If your radiators aren’t optimally placed, Thermotech’s relocation services can help. We can maximize their warming power and boost your home’s value.

Don’t Let Winter Chill Your Comfort

At Thermotech Engineering, we’re experts in keeping homes warm and energy-efficient. From routine maintenance to boiler upgrades, we offer a full range of services to ensure your radiators remain reliable. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our team of Gas Safe registered engineers. We’re just a phone call away, ready to diagnose any problems and get your heating system performing at its peak.

Fill out the contact form and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible