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Heating issues, heating not working? Test your heating before you actually need it.

Is your heating system working as it should? How about test it now before the colder months set in. Heating issue or your heating not working are best looked at now, before you actually need it and we want to help!

tips to check your heating before winter

As the cold weather approaches, it's essential to ensure your heating system is in top-notch condition. Don't wait until the first frost hits to realize your heating isn't working correctly. In this quick guide, we'll provide you with simple tips to test your heating system before you actually need it. However, please remember that these tips should be followed only by confident individuals, and any mishaps or damage are not our responsibility or liability.

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Tip 1: Turn Your Heating On Now for 30 Minutes

Start by turning on your heating system for 30 minutes. After around 10-15 start tip / step 2 below

Tip 2: Check All Your Radiators Are Getting Warm

Walk around your home and touch each radiator. They should all be getting warm. If you notice that some radiators are cold or not heating up properly, move on to the next step to troubleshoot the issue.

Tip 3: Check TRVs (Thermostatic Radiator Valves)

Inspect the TRV heads on your radiators. Ensure they are not turned off or faulty. If necessary, turn them to the maximum setting. This step can help address uneven heating in different rooms.

Tip 4: Bleed Your Radiators

If you find any cold spots at the top of your radiators, it's likely there's trapped air inside. Use a radiator key to bleed the air out. This will improve the efficiency of your heating system.

Now, let's dive into more detail on what to do if you encounter specific issues:

Issue 1: Some Radiators Are Not Turning On or Warm

If a couple of radiators are not heating up, first check if the pipes leading to those radiators are warm. If the pipes are warm, it may be due to:

  • A turned-off or faulty TRV head.

  • The radiator being turned off.

  • The radiator being blocked with air.

To address this, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the TRV head completely if it's already turned to the maximum setting.

  2. Bleed the radiator to release any trapped air.

  3. If the issue persists, contact us for professional assistance.

Issue 2: Heating Is Not Turning On

If your heating system is not turning on, follow these steps:

  1. Check your boiler for error codes or light sequences. Consult your boiler's manual, which can usually be found online.

  2. Ensure the boiler's pressure gauge reads at least 1 bar (ideally between 1-1.5 bars). If it's below 1 bar, top it up and reset the boiler.

  3. If you have a hot water cylinder, and hot water is working but not heating, you may need professional assistance for diagnosis and repair.

Issue 3: Heating Comes On with Hot Water

If your heating comes on when you use hot water, this requires the attention of a plumbing/heating engineer to resolve.

Issue 4: Upstairs Is Hot, Downstairs Is Warm or Not Working

If you notice a temperature imbalance between upstairs and downstairs, it could indicate a pump fault or a zone issue. Contact a professional heating engineer to diagnose and address the problem.

By following these simple tips and troubleshooting steps, you can ensure your heating system is ready to keep you warm during the colder months. Remember, if you encounter any issues you can't resolve, don't hesitate to reach out to us for expert assistance. Stay warm and cozy this winter!

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