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Bleeding radiators can keep your home warmer

2011-01-13 16:34:43

If you have noticed your heating system is struggling to warm up your radiators fully, it maybe time to ‘bleed’ them.

This is easy to do and can ensure you get the very most out of your heating oil. To find out if you need to bleed your radiators, feel them to see if they are warm at the bottom and cooler at the top. If they are, they have trapped air inside them and they need to be bled.

First, turn off the heating and wait until they are cold. Find the valve through which to bleed the radiator, which is usually on the top and use either a radiator key or a small screwdriver. Cover the floor under the valve to catch any water that comes out, as it can often be dirty, and carefully open the valve.

Once you have opened the valve you will hear the hissing sound of the air escaping. Keep doing this until water starts to come out, which is when you should immediately screw the valve back in tight.

Anyone using oil to heat their homes should also sign up to a boiler maintenance scheme, such as the one offered by Team Energy, to ensure their oil boiler is healthy, alongside their radiators.