DIY Troubleshooting

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. When to start getting your radiators ready for winter

    When to start getting your radiators ready for winter
    September is the time when the warm part of the year transitions into the longer and colder months. The nights start to draw in and those occasions when the central heating needs to go on become more and more frequent. A common question that people have is "when should I get my radiators ready for winter?" This article will look...
  9. 5 DIY radiator skills you can easily learn

    5 DIY radiator skills you can easily learn
    If you don't have a lot of experience with the heating system in your home, there are some tasks that you can undertake yourself that will ease you in gently to the world of central heating systems. These jobs are useful to know as it can save you the cost of calling out a plumber and they are tasks that...
  10. Essential radiator maintenance tips for the summer

    Essential radiator maintenance tips for the summer
    Your central heating system can be likened to a car in the sense that it contains moving parts that need to be regularly serviced and maintained in order to ensure smooth running. Ignore or neglect the maintenance on your car and after a while you're likely find yourself stuck on the hard shoulder of a busy motorway. Service it regularly...

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