For many people, their curved radiator heating system is a crucial piece of technology that helps make facing cold winter nights a thing of the past. In order to function effectively and stay in good shape for many years, there are a number of steps homeowners can take to extend the lifespan of their radiators.
1. BE ATTENTIVE TO CHANGES
Once a heating system has been installed and used for a few months it is easy to become used to its unique operating characteristics. More often than not, there really isn’t much that needs to be done and the system just ticks along without issues.
It is especially important though, to pay particular attention if your curved radiator begins making unusual noises such as clunks, gurgles or clanging and banging while it is running. Another sign of trouble can be a heater that doesn’t seem to get as hot as it once did, especially if certain sections of the radiator feel cooler to touch than the rest of it does.
Radiators should produce consistent heat and any of the aforementioned symptoms may indicate potential problems and should be thoroughly checked by an experienced heating specialist. Trustworthy dealers such as Radiator Curving Ltd will be able to put you in touch with a qualified and well-regarded maintenance company.
2. LIMIT SLUDGE & SCALE
Quite often the problems that occur with radiators are due to a lack of regular cleaning and flushing of the entire system. The majority of people does not perform this basic maintenance, but doing so will definitely extend the life of the system.
Over time, lime scale and black sludge can build up and partially block the system. This build-up raises the internal pressure required to force heated water to properly flow through the pipes as it should which stops the pipes from becoming fully heated.
Cleaning chemicals can be added to the water that will break up and disperse this sludge, but a thorough flush of the system is still required to help it operate as it should.
3. PERFORM A REGULAR SYSTEM FLUSH
Once the build-up has been broken down, it is important to have it drained away by flushing the system and replacing the dirty water with clean water. Some people like to have a pressure wash done, but this can use large amounts of water and generate unnecessary waste. Treating the system with gentle chemicals that are then drained away is a much more environmentally friendly option. After the system has been flushed and replenished, it should easily operate at the usual temperatures without issues.
4. INSTALL A FILTER
Aside from a regular system flush, another great maintenance tip is to have a filter installed that is capable of capturing any impurities in a safe way that limits them from re-blocking crucial pipes and pathways within the heating system. These need to be installed by a heating specialist and eventually exchanged for clean filters when they become dirty.
5. ANNUAL MAINTENANCE & INSPECTION
Heating specialists recommend that systems should be flushed annually and closely inspected for other potential problems. This can be done for a very reasonable fee and will ensure the health of the system and avoid more serious maintenance brought on by neglect or potentially expensive and unnecessary replacements.
Following these simple steps will help keep your heating system working to its fullest capacity and help avoid the stress and frustration that comes with having to put up with a cold and uncomfortable home or repair an inefficient, broken radiator.