Guide on how to bleed a radiator

Sometimes a radiator can bang as it begins to warm up, other instances it can remain cold long after you have turned the heating on. If this sounds like your radiators you may need to bleed them.

When pockets of air get trapped inside the radiators they need bleeding. The air causes the radiator to circulate hot water less effectively and so less heat is produced, meaning it will take longer to heat your home. Until you bleed your radiator to get rid of the air, you’re likely to be using more energy and therefore your energy bill could be higher than that of another household of the same size.

Follow these steps to check and bleed your radiators

We recommend doing a full check of all the radiators in your home every couple of months.

Defrosting a frozen condensate pipe

You can identify if you have a problem with your boiler’s condensate pipe by checking if the blue light on the front of the boiler is flashing.

The blue light is in the small window gap on the front of the boiler flap.

Ensure the power to the system is switched off.

Located in the top right-hand corner underneath the flap is a digital window, this may be flashing up the letters EA.

This either means that there is no gas getting into the system or condensation isn’t getting out. If its mid-winter this usually means a frozen pipe.

Locate the condense pipe outside.

To cure the frozen pipe, simply get a kettle of hot water (not boiling) and put this evenly along the pipes, paying special attention to the joints.

Alternatively, you can tuck a hot water bottle around the external pipes and leave it for half an hour.

If this doesn’t work, we recommend you call one of our experts to help you fix the problem.

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