How to Bleed a Radiator

You may not think about how to bleed a radiator too often, but you’ll certainly notice if you need to – especially with the winter evenings quickly setting in.

To learn how to bleed a radiator effectively follow our tips below, or check out the video.


Check your radiators

Does your radiator feel cold at the top and warm at the bottom? If so, air might be trapped and it may need bleeding.


Turn off the central heating

Before you start make sure you switch the heating off at the main controls and wait for the system to cool down


Locate the bleed valve

Find the bleed valve on the affected radiator – it’s usually a small handle on one side.


Shield the area

Bleeding radiators can be a messy job, especially if yours is badly affected. Place some old sheets under the valve to catch any water, and it’s also a good idea to wrap your hand in some cloth – any water spraying from the valve could be very hot.


Turn off the valve

Turn the bleed valve anticlockwise using the bleed key. If you can’t find yours they can be easily picked up at a local DIY store. Upon turning the valve, there’ll be a slight hissing sound which is air being released. The goal here is to see water dribbling from the valve – when this occurs we know then that all of the air has escaped from the radiator.


Re-tighten the valve

When all the air is released, carefully re-tighten the bleed valve. You can now also turn the heating back on. Check on the radiator a couple of hours later to make sure it’s heating evenly, and that no water is escaping from the valve.

To keep it in good shape, turning the radiators on for a few minutes during the summer months is always a good way to get a head start. This will show the system is working properly and should help clear any blockages.

However, if you forgot to carry out maintenance and are now wondering why your radiators aren’t heating up properly, hopefully our guide has helped you.

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