Your radiator will be cold at the bottom because of a build-up of sludge and magnetite waste.
This waste deposit can make things more difficult because it stops the radiators from working at their full capacity. If unattended, a radiator cold at bottom can cause problems like the following:
- You can potentially ruin your boiler or heat exchanger
- It will cost you more money
- Your home will become an uncomfortable place to live
What many homeowners don’t realise is that if you have an excess buildup of sludge, you need to make sure your boiler is still in operation, especially during the summer months. If you don’t, the sludge can dry up and block your pipework (especially if it’s the smaller size) which causes all kinds of trouble.
How does it affect your central heating system?
Simply put, it’s affecting your radiators, your pipework and your boiler. At Boilerhut we’ve seen several instances in which a homeowner’s pipework (often an 8mm-10mm microbore system) hasn’t been used for a while. As a result, the sludge has literally dried up in the heating system, which means you’ll have to invest in completely new pipes. If you are doing this however, you would generally need to replace your boiler and radiators at the same time.
Having a Radiator Cold At Bottom catches homeowners off guard if not dealt with, especially during the colder months. But if you plan ahead, you can be prepared for any drops in temperature, and your boiler would never have to break down.
But why does the problem occur? What does it mean? And how can you prevent it from happening again? Getting answers is important to making sure you have decent heating, which you’ll find in this very article!
Here you’ll find information on the right responses and how prevent it from happening again. Beyond this, you can read the following articles for further help and advice: