How to bleed a radiator
Tuesday, 20th December 2022
With rising energy bills and freezing temperatures, it’s important to make sure your home is heating efficiently. One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your energy bills and heating around your home is by bleeding your radiators. But how do you bleed a radiator we hear you ask?
If parts of your radiator have cold spots or you hear bubbling noises, this is the sign to bleed your radiators. The best part is, it’s really quick and simple to do. Let us show you how…
Why do you need to bleed radiators?
Naturally, when water is heated and cooled it produces air bubbles that stop hot water circulating around your radiators. More importantly it means your central heating system isn’t working efficiently and it can take longer to warm up your home. If left unresolved, this will put strain on your boiler and increase your energy bills.
How Long does it take to bleed a radiator?
It takes around 20-30 seconds to bleed a radiator. If you have a larger radiator or there’s lots of trapped air, this can increase up to one minute.
How often should you bleed your radiator?
To keep your radiators working efficiently, you should aim to bleed your radiators once or twice a year. This will ensure they produce plenty of heat throughout the year. But remember to feel for cold patches, particularly near the top, as this is a good indication to bleed your radiators.
To make sure you are ready for winter, we advise you bleed your radiators in the autumn as this will ensure your heating system is working well before the colder temperatures kick in.
Does bleeding radiators save energy?
Bleeding your radiators will vastly improve the efficiency of your heating system resulting in a warmer home and cheaper energy bills.
What do I need for bleeding a radiator?
Bleeding a radiator doesn’t involve fancy gadgets. All you need is a radiator key or flathead screwdriver and an old cloth or jug to catch any water that escapes during the process.