Looking After your Revive® Radiators.
Now that you have purchased and installed your brand new Revive® radiators you will need to know how to look after them. To improve their lifespan and to save money on heating bills by ensuring maximum efficiency, you will need carry out regular maintenance and checks on these radiators. Excess air / trapped air can stop a radiator functioning correctly, making them become inefficient heaters. It can also cause corrosion of the steel inside the radiator again, reducing the amount of heat they will omit.
Bleeding or venting a radiator may sound like a daunting task but it is actually quite easy to DIY it instead of calling a plumber. Simply follow our step by step guide to bleeding your radiators below and notice the difference.
Step 1: Turn the heating down to low.
Ensure your central heating system is running on low. You can do this by turning down the thermostat to a low setting and by adjusting the lockshield valves on the radiator. You don’t want hot water inside your radiators as this could lead to injury when venting the air. If your radiators have been on recently, please wait until they have cooled. If your radiators are cold, they won’t have enough pressure to force the air out.
Step 2: Find a suitable radiator to bleed.
You will now need to choose a suitable radiator to bleed any trapped air. This could be a heated towel rail in the bathroom, the last radiator in the system or the radiator at the highest point (If you have one in the attic) as air tends to build up in certain parts of your central heating system. Bathroom towel rails tend to be more susceptible to this and due to their placement are likely to be the easiest to bleed.
Step 3: Locate air vent and collect essential items
Your new Revive® Radiators come with a bleed key as standard. Most air vents are usually located on the top corner of the radiator and can be turned with the key. Older panel radiators have the bleed valve built into the radiator and are usually just a square head. You may find that excess water can escape from the radiator as you vent/bleed so you will need to make sure you have an old rag, a bowl or a towel to hand to avoid a spill.
Step 4: Bleeding Radiator
Hopefully you have collected everything you need to get going. Use the radiator key or a flat headed screwdriver to turn the bleed valve anti-clockwise. This will vent the air first. You should be able to hear a hissing sound which is a gradual release of air escaping from your radiator. This is a good thing. Make sure you do this gradually so that you have more control. Do not shut the vent until the air escapes, the hissing sound has stopped or you will leave some air trapped inside and will need to vent your radiators more often.
Once the air has stopped, be ready with your bowl to catch any water that escapes. Once it starts to flow, shut off the bleed valve. Please take care here as the water could be quite hot.
And there you have it. If you took your time and followed our helpful guide, you should have successfully bled your radiator. This can save money on repair work and heating bills. You should notice the difference almost instantly. Air can build up in any of the radiators in your home, so it is worthwhile checking them all at the same time. If this issue occurs regularly you may need to investigate further. It may mean that there is a build-up of lime scale or sludge that will need cleaning.
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