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How do I bleed my radiators?

Mayne Gas Heating Ltd News and PR from Mayne Gas Heating Ltd - Published 10 June 2019 Our step by step guide takes the pain out of this necessary task...
What to check for when bleeding your radiators

Whether you’ve identified a problem or would like to check for any issues, we’ll take you through the necessary steps on how to check your heating system and how to bleed your radiators.

1. Turn on your heating system – Ensure all radiators are turned up to the highest setting (if applicable). Wait until all your radiators are fully heated up.

2. Check each radiator – You might want to grab a pair of gloves or a tea towel to protect your hands for this one. Check each radiator in the house. A healthy radiator should have an even distribution across the whole unit. What you’re looking for is any cold spots, especially towards the top of the unit or any gurgling noises in that unit.

Even if you’ve previously noticed a problem in one radiator, it’s worth checking the rest of the house to identify any other issues. Working your way through the house.

3. Turn off your heating system – let the radiators cool fully. The last thing you need is hot water splashing our while you’re bleeding them. This will also allow for any sediment to settle.

4. What you’ll need – You’ll need a couple of simple tools in order to bleed your radiators. Firstly you need a radiator key. If you don’t have one, these can easily be purchased online or from any DIY or hardware store. You might want to grab an old tea towel or cloth to hold while using the key. And lastly you’ll need a tub or something to catch any water that comes out.

Many how-to guides recommend using a cloth. But it’s better to be safe than sorry by using an old packed lunch box, washing up bowl or something similar.

In terms of order, you’ll want to start on the ground floor of your home (if applicable) and as far away as possible from the boiler.

5. Finding and using the bleed valve – The bleed valve should be at the top of your radiator. It could be on either side though. It is a round hole with a square inside it.

Fit the radiator key over the square section and turn anti-clockwise. This is where the cloth will come in handy. It will help you grip the key and catch any small drips. A small quarter or half turn should do the trick. You should hear a hissing noise as the air escapes.

6. Bleeding the radiator – Once the hissing comes to an end your radiator should start expelling water. This could be in a trickle or for more modern systems it maybe a little jet. Have that cloth and bowl ready to catch the water. This process should take anything from 20-30 seconds or up to a minute for a large radiator.

If you're still experiencing problems...

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