First Published: April 18, 2023. Updated: October 16, 2023
How to Bleed a Radiator
Bleeding a radiator, a Boilerhut video guide :
Bleeding A Radiator
Bleeding a radiator at least once or twice per year is a requirement for most central heating systems. It is the process of removing trapped air from within the central heating system.
What does bleeding a radiator do?
It ensures that the system is up to full operating capacity, which can also increase energy efficiency.
Bleeding a radiator also ensures that your system continues to run at its maximum potential without putting strain on your boiler and increasing the cost of heating your home.
If you’re not sure how to bleed your radiators but have noticed that your home isn’t being heated as efficiently, we’ve covered all the details you need to know within this article.
Follow our step-by-step guide or contact Boilerhut for advice on troubleshooting an inefficient central heating system.
How do I know when my boiler needs bleeding?
Whilst it is recommended that you bleed your boiler twice yearly, some symptoms could appear that indicate that you might need to do it sooner.
Understanding and resolving these signs quickly will ensure you can keep your home warmer and reduce your bills.
How to Bleed a Radiator
Bleeding your radiator is a simple household task that doesn’t typically require the services of a plumber or a gas-safe engineer.
Following our step-by-step guide will provide enough detail to be able to bleed your radiators with confidence.
What You’ll Need
- A radiator key OR a flathead screwdriver.
- A jug
- A piece of cloth
The equipment required to bleed your radiator can often be found around the home.
Radiator keys can be substituted for a flat-head screwdriver or can be purchased for just a few pounds at most local DIY stores.
Below is our step-by-step guide on bleeding a radiator:
Cold or noisy radiators could be a sign that air has accumulated within your central heating system.
The air gathers within the top sections of your radiators, preventing them from efficiently heating your home.
Bleeding your radiator is a quick and straightforward fix for this problem, allowing you to complete the task without the help of a boiler expert.
In addition to some simple preparation, bleeding your radiator should only take around 30 seconds. After this, your home will heat far more efficiently.
If any problems persist after bleeding your radiator, this could be an indication of more complex problems.
Under these circumstances, you’ll likely require the services of a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.
Boilerhut only employs Gas Safe Registered and manufacturer trained engineers across the UK to provide complete peace of mind and a fully functioning boiler.