Brrr! Are you guys feeling the chill?
It’s hit a bracing 5 degrees in the UK this week, and by now most of the country has their heating well and truly turned on. But for some, they’ve turned on their heating and are still waiting for the heat to turn on. It’s been idle for half a year, and there’s nothing worse than discovering your heating won’t work properly. But unless it’s just not coming on, how do you know if it’s time to replace your radiators this year?
In general, the water works best when it’s actually in the radiator. So if you’re seeing puddles of water or drips coming off your radiator, it’s a pretty good sign that there’s something wrong with your radiators. Leaks are sometimes the result of a loose radiator valve but more often than not, it’s a leak from the body, which is caused by corrosion and pretty much impossible to fix. If you can identify where the leak is coming from, you will have an idea of how serious an issue it is.
It Won’t Heat Up
If your radiator isn’t living up to its primary function, something is probably wrong. If you’ve tried the usual fixes (bleeding it, checking the boiler and the thermostats), then odds are you have a problem with the valves. If your radiators are on the older side, then prolonged use could have caused a number of problems with these valves that prevent them from opening and closing. This is why your radiators won’t heat up. Again, this is an expensive fix, and usually, one that makes it cheaper to replace the system.
It’s Rusting And Rattling
Many people keep radiators for a very long time. Replacing them tends to only happen when something goes wrong. But over the years, all of the water running through your radiator will cause 2 things – corrosion damage and rust. With rust, the metal will become brittle and flaky, resulting in murky water that will flow through and damage the whole system. It also makes noises as the water erodes it or causes blockages, resulting in rattling. With corrosion, you will start to see holes in the internal and external metal, which is one of the leading causes of leaks.
Why Not Try Electric Heating?
If your radiators are starting to go on the fritz, why not consider replacing them with electronic radiators instead? Electronic heating will not only last longer than a traditional radiator (thanks to the lack of water damaging the metal interior), but they will also be far more energy efficient for your home. On average, electric radiators need to be run for half the amount of time than traditional water radiators, thanks to their quick heating design, helping you significantly reduce your gas bill and warm up your home in time for Christmas.
At Electric Heating Expert, we specialise in the supply and fitting of electric radiators. Our range provides enhanced heating comfort through innovative design, are fully programmable, non-intrusive and incredibly energy efficient. For more information, just browse our range or get in touch with us today.