How To Fix Common Issues With Your Heating System

Chloe Harwood
Written by Chloe Harwood

At any time of the year, you don’t want your heating to break down. However, in the winter months, you want it even less. It is possible though that you can fix some of the issues yourself and that you don’t need to wait for professional help. Here is how to fix some of the issues with your heating system.

Low Pressure

Low pressure can mean that your radiators don’t heat properly and that you struggle to get hot water through your upstairs taps. Thankfully, this is an easy fix. You need to go your boiler and check the pressure gauge. If it is hanging on the low side, then you need to add more pressure to the system. You need to take care not to add too much pressure as this can cause damage to the system and cause more problems than it fixes. Check your specific system to see where the optimum pressure is and try and add that amount. On most boilers, this will simply be turning a bolt or valve to let the pressure in. Once you had done so, you should notice that your radiators are heating properly and that your hot water pressure is working again. However, if the pressure goes again quickly or this doesn’t fix the problem, then you will need to contact a professional.

No Hot Water

This is one of the worst things that can happen. You want to have a nice hot shower or bath, but there is no hot water. This could be for a variety of reasons. The first one could be that you have simply run out of hot water. Depending on the size of your hot water tank, you might notice that it runs out of hot water by the evening and requires you to manually turn it on to heat the water. This depends on your type of heating system as some people will not have a problem like this. If your cold water persists throughout the day and you are still without hot water, then you need contact a professional for some heating repair. You will want to do this as soon as possible so that you are without hot water for as short a time as possible.

Radiators Cold In Places

If your radiators are cold, then this could be for a variety of reasons. The first thing you are going to want to do is to bleed them. This involves using a radiator key to release any trapped air. You should bleed the radiator with your heating system turned off otherwise it won’t be as effective. If you still have cold patches in your radiator, then it could be due to the rust or another type of obstruction, and you will need to contact a professional to fix this issue. If some radiators are cold and others are hot, then this could mean that the pin that controls the cold radiator’s temperature has fallen through. Often this pin controls the flow of heat to your radiator, so you need to make sure that this valve is open so that it can let heat in. If you have tried that and you are still having issues, then you will need to contact a professional for advice.

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Chloe Harwood

Chloe Harwood