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4. Bleeding your radiators
For houses with gas central heating, you may find that your radiators may not warm up properly or are completely cold. This does not necessarily mean they are not working, they probably just need “bleeding”. This means there may be air trapped inside your radiator and needs to be “bled” or extracted to enable the radiator to fill up with water and heat up.
You will need a radiator key, you may find one of these inside the property. Alternatively they can be purchased for approximately £2 from any hardware or DIY store.
BLEEDING YOUR RADIATORS MUST BE DONE WITH THE HEATING TURNED OFF AND WHEN THE RADIATOR IS COLD
Find the radiator valve which is usually located on the end of the radiator at the top (sometimes at the bottom)
Hold a cloth under the bleeding valve, insert your radiator key and turn. You will hear air escaping. When water starts to trickle from the valve, catch it with your cloth, turn the key and close the valve.
Once you have bled your radiators, turn the heating on and allow the radiators to heat up – you should find they are now getting hot right to the top. If the radiator is still not working, call our office and we will send a heating engineer to you.