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How to Bleed a Radiator

24 Dec 2015
How to Bleed a Radiator

With the coldest of the Winter months seemingly still ahead of us, the Northfields property management team have put together a handy guide for bleeding your radiator before it may be too late!

Step 1: Diagnose the problem

All systems occasionally require bleeding. Tell-tale signs are taking too long to heat up and/or are colder at the top.

Step 2: Single out your radiators

Fire up your heating system. Assess each radiator by touching the top and bottom (be careful not to burn yourself), checking for inconsistencies in warmth.

Step 3: Turn off your heat

It’s very important that you turn off your heating before you go to the next step. Otherwise you risk injuring yorself and/or getting water all over your floor!

Step 4: Shut the valve

You should hear air escaping. Stay alert as it tapers off – as the hot water travels up to push the air out, it makes its way up to the valve where your hands are. Once water starts to drop out, quickly shut the valve. Repeat as needed on remaining radiators.

Step 6 – Check the pressure

Finally, check the gauge on your boiler – if the pressure is too low after bleeding, you’ll need to ‘top up’. Adjust it using the filling loop, following the directions from your boiler manufacturer.