DIY Troubleshooting

  1. How to refill a central heating system efficiently

    How to refill a central heating system efficiently
    If you're treating corrosion or replacing or moving a radiator, then a very useful skill is to know how to drain and refill your central heating system. Drain out the water The first thing to do is to drain all the water out of your system. In order to do this, you'll need to switch off your central heating system...
  2. How to remove rust from chrome radiators

    How to remove rust from chrome radiators
    Many radiators and heated towel rails are manufactured using mild steel. In order to provide a shiny and protective finish, a chrome plating is added over the top, which usually makes the rad or rail look more stylish. However, over time, whether it's through leaks, condensation or lack of maintenance, rust can form on the surface of the chrome. This...
  3. How often should you get a new boiler?

    How often should you get a new boiler?
    Whatever type of property you live in, and no matter how big or small it is, one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home is your boiler. If you have a conventional central heating system at home, then your boiler is vital in providing you with hot water for heating your home and showering. However, if your...
  4. Can you paint a radiator?

    Can you paint a radiator?
    It's very possible that you have some old white convector radiators in your home that require painting. They might have become yellow with age or may have been chipped and are revealing the bare metal underneath. Whatever the reason, it is certainly possible to paint an old radiator as long as you stick to a few basic rules that this...
  5. What can cause a radiator to leak?

    What can cause a radiator to leak?
    Water can cause a lot of damage if it's left to its own devices in the wrong places. So, if you discover that one of your radiators is leaking water, it's important to dry the damp patch quickly and to establish where the leak is coming from. In this article we'll look at the most common reasons why your radiator...
  6. Spring Cleaning: Tips for Cleaning Your Radiators

    Spring Cleaning: Tips for Cleaning Your Radiators
    As winter moves into spring and the evenings get increasingly lighter, it's a time that we all start to think about having hardcore cleaning session. Throughout the winter, our central heating systems are operating at full capacity due to the cold external temperatures. This often attracts dust and dirt to our radiators, so by the time spring has sprung, our...
  7. Maintenance tips for traditional radiators

    Maintenance tips for traditional radiators
    In the exciting, cutting edge world of radiators, when we refer to a 'traditional radiator', we generally do not mean a standard convector radiator or a hospital-style cast iron radiator. Instead, we actually mean a specific type of radiator that is very popular to be installed in bathrooms, usually with a white tank and chrome-plated pipes and towel rail. Now...
  8. Why is my radiator cold at the top/bottom?

    Why is my radiator cold at the top/bottom?
    It's rare that we discover problems with our heating systems at the height of summer. In most cases, it's when the temperatures are at their coldest that we discover our central heating isn't operating as efficiently as it should be. One of the most common problems that we all face at one time or another is that of a radiator...
  9. Troubleshoot your radiator issues

    Troubleshoot your radiator issues
    Because your central heating system is in use a vast majority of the year, there often comes a point where things go wrong with your radiators. It's quite natural - components wear out and water reacts with metal, so eventually there will come a time when you need to take the opportunity to sort things out. Fortunately, with many radiator...
  10. When did you last top up your chemical inhibitor levels?

    When did you last top up your chemical inhibitor levels?
    One of the most important (and most overlooked) parts of your central heating system is the levels of chemical inhibitor that's inside it. If you have no idea what chemical inhibitor is then you definitely need to read on. This article will show you how you can potentially avoid a central heating system breakdown and how to keep the costs...

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