However, if an emergency with your heating system arises, do not worry; we at Family Plumbing and Heating can assist you with your central heating problems day or night – 24/7. We provide timely responses to all emergency plumbing and heating calls and want nothing more than to have your home or business back to normal as soon as possible.
Common issues that you might encounter with your heating system:
It is important to check if your home’s central heating system is effectively functioning, especially before the cold winter season arrives.
Radiators are Cold; There is No Available Hot Water
If you are getting cold water from your hot water taps, your thermostat might turn off.
- Check to see if it is on and is set between 17 to 20 degrees.
- Next, if your radiators are cold and do not warm-up, check the programmer of your system and make sure that the central heating and the hot water options are turned on.
- Also, check if the system is receiving electricity. Your heating fuse or breaker may have blown or switched off, which causes a lack of electricity for the system.
- A malfunctioning pump or diverter valve may cause other causes that prevent radiators from heating up.
A malfunctioning pump may have trapped air inside. Your pump has a nut that you can turn to release the excess air. Turn it until the air is released and the fluid starts to come out. Turn the nut back to its original position and then turn the pump back on to check if it will work.
Your Radiator is Warm only on the Top
When you feel that your radiator is warm only on its top portion, it may have some sludge buildup inside. This uneven warming of your radiator is an indication that your radiator system needs to flushed clean with water. You can take your radiator off the wall and flush it with water. It is highly recommended to do this outdoors.
If the flushing does not solve the issue, the problem may be caused by a blocked pipe, a malfunctioning pump, or a badly-designed heating system.
Strange Noise Coming from the Boiler
If your boiler is creating strange noises, then there may be trapped air inside your system. Release the air by bleeding it using the air bleed screw. Other causes of the “kettling” sound may be that the system is clogged with sludge or the pressure system is not at the right level.
The hot water in your home comes from a water tank that may be located in your attic. There are occasions when the ball-cock is located in your water tank to gets jammed. If this happens, then you will have a non-stop overflow. One solution is to release the ball-cock from its jammed position. However, if your system involves immersion tanks, you should call an experienced plumber to help you.
Low to no Pressure
The pressure of your heating system may not be at the right level. There are many reasons why this happens, and most are due to a leak in the system or air being taken out during the bleeding of the radiators. Balancing the air needed for the pressure of your system to be at the right level may require an experienced plumber’s assistance.
There are many reasons why you may have issues with your home’s heating system. There are some issues that you can easily be fixed using a DIY approach. However, if you are not handy, then fixing a heating system by yourself may make things a lot worse.
If you see any emergency issues with your heating system, do not hesitate to call an experienced plumber or heating contractor. We at Family Plumbing and Heating are available for emergency repairs and we strive to provide as much help as possible, especially during the colder months! 306-519-3722