3 Radiator Maintenance Tips To Avoid Overheating Your Home Heating System

Boiler home heating systems rely heavily on water flow in order to generate enough heat. The water is heated in your boiler and is carried throughout your home, where it can be used to bathe or wash dishes. The key to good boiler performance is a well-maintained radiator. If your radiator is not properly maintained, then this can lead to your home not feeling warm enough or not warming up fast enough. Poor maintenance causes the system to overwork by using more water and energy. This can also eventually lead to your heating system overheating. Fortunately, there are a few maintenance tips that you can use to keep your radiator working and your system from overheating. 

Replace the Radiator Vent Seasonally

Your radiator relies on constant air flow in order to supply heat throughout your home. If the vent on your radiator is blocked by debris, corrosion or other contaminants, then it will disrupt the airflow in your system. This can backup any heat that is being distributed to the rooms in your home and will cause your system to work harder. In order to avoid a blocked vent, check the vent after each season. If it is blocked, then it should be replaced. If you use your vent more frequently, then you should check it every few weeks.

Vacuum the Outside of the Radiator Regularly

The more that you use your radiator the more that it will accumulate dust and other debris. While this may seem harmless, this can actually create insulation for your heater. Instead of releasing heat, the heat will build up inside of your device. As a result, it is important to dust your radiator every few weeks in order to remove any layers of dust. Using a vacuum is a convenient way to collect the dust from the outside of the radiator. 

Drain Your Radiator

Since water is being moved in and out of the radiator, it sometimes brings debris and other particles along with it. These particles often settle in the radiator and lead to issues with the performance of the radiator. The buildup of particles disrupts the water flow and causes the system to work harder in order to compensate. A radiator can be drained by attaching a hose to the drain valve and opening it. Once all of the water has been drained, you can close the drain valve.

A radiator is a large component of what makes your heating systems work correctly. A poorly maintained radiator will quickly overheat and damage your system. Therefore, use these tips to keep your radiator in good condition. If you have additional questions about your radiator, contact a local company such as United Heating & Air Conditioning.