Every year it is one and the same story – just before the winter, I need to check my house all over to see whether it is ready for the new heating season. After I am done with checking for drafts, I need to get onto the radiators at my house (interesting to know is that the Dutch term is huis radiatoren). As you probably know, you need to do a complete check of them every year, because if they don’t work properly, you are only wasting fuel. I must confess that I have skipped a few years, because my radiators were brand new and I only used to repaint them.
Some basic steps can help you see whether your radiators are working properly or not. You should start checking them for leaks. The way to do that is by sliding your hand underneath them and at the back or by simply looking for some rust stains. You should also check them for building up of too much paint. Check for dust and other dirt behind them as the accumulation of such can reduce their heating abilities a lot. Once you do the checklist of all the problems make sure that you contact an engineer that is familiar with radiator repairs. Never start repairing the radiators if you don’t know how to. Even the do it yourself guides that have flooded the market won’t help you. Rely on the professional people to do the job in order to be on the safe side.
Once you have decided that it is needed to replace your old radiators then you need to change them for ones with the same parameters and size. In case you think that the heat those radiators generate is not enough and you decide to purchase bigger ones then you should see if your boiler could cope with the change. If you are not sure how to do that, then you need to contact your local supplier for the best advice on the radiators’ size.
Once you are done with the replacement or the refurbishment of your radiators, you need to get rid of the trapped air – to bleed them. It is not very difficult to do that as there are just some simple steps to follow. However, if you are not sure of what you are actually doing, my advice is to rely on the professionals. Every big radiators’ manufacturer has a team for servicing of the heating systems of your home. It is not difficult to contact them and make an appointment. Remember that is is not good to start doing something that you are not familiar with. Radiators need to be cared for and that is why you can subscribe for yearly checks. By checking your radiators often, you can guarantee a nice and warm house.