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The tell-tale signs that your radiators need bleeding

Are your radiators warm?

It's that time of year again when a warm radiator on your return home is the best greeting you could ask for. It's also the time of year, however, when a broken radiator can lead to a very chilly and miserable evening. Here are some of HomeServe's top tell-tale signs that your radiator needs bleeding, so you can sort out the problems before you have any cold Christmas conundrums.

  1. The top of the radiator is cold while the bottom of it is heating up

This is the most common sign that your radiator needs bleeding, which essentially means air has collected in the radiator and needs to be removed.. Patchy warmth in your rad is definitely a sign it needs to be checked out, before it stops heating up altogether.

  1. The entire radiator is cold

Though this isn't as common a sign that radiators have air traped in them, it certainly is a sign that your radiator needs a service. Trapped air somewhere in the pipes has restricted the hot water which is meant to be flowing into the radiator – which can cause bigger problems later on if it's not sorted quickly!

  1. You've noticed mould or damp around the house

Uneven heating often causes condensation which in turn leads to mould and damp around the home. If you've noticed grubby damp patches sneaking in on the walls, particularly in rooms which aren’t used very often , this could be a sign your radiators need some attention.

  1. The radiators are rattling or gurgling

Trapped air in your radiator may cause it to make funny noises, like gulping, gurgling and rattling. Whilst this could be for various reasons, it may be a sign that you need to bleed the radiator. Either way, your rad needs to get checked, to make sure the problem isn't more sinister.

What you should do if your radiator needs bleeding?

If you have cover with HomeServe, we'll pop over and make sure your radiators are right as rain. But if you'd like to give it a go yourself, you'll be glad to know it's not too tough a task. Check out our video tutorial for how to bleed a radiator.

We're sure that, either way, your home will be cosy again in no time.