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WINTER PROOFING YOUR HOME – HOW TO BLEED A RADIATOR

The best starting point for ensuring your home is cosy this winter is, of course, to ensure you have Coral’s latest Triple-Glazed casement windows installed.

But there are other things you should do to ensure your home is ready for the cold frosts and chilly winds the winter months bring. One of the best and quickest jobs to check and address is ensuring your heating is working as hard as possible for you.

So we’ve put together a quick guide on how to quickly and easily bleed your radiators to get rid of any air pockets that might mean your radiators aren’t doing what they should – keeping you toasty and warm!

What you will need

A radiator key (or flat-head screwdriver for more modern radiators)

A tea towel (to catch any drips)

An old bowl (to ensure you don’t get radiator water on your carpet)

7 simple steps to ensuring your radiators are heating your home effectively this winter.

  1. Make sure your central heating is turned off prior to starting to prevent boiling hot water burning you when you bleed the radiator.
  2. Place the bowl under the bleed valve (usually at the top left/right of the radiator) keeping the tea towel handy and at arm’s reach.
  3. Position the radiator key into the bleed valve. Cover with the tea towel and turn anti clockwise until you can hear air hissing out.
  4. Keep turned until water begins to trickle from the valve.
  5. Turn clockwise to close the bleed valve again.
  6. repeat this process with all the radiators in the house, and remember that air travels up, so start with the radiator on the ground floor, furthest from your boiler, and work your way back, ending with the boiler closest to the boiler.
  7. Turn the heating back on again and check the radiator is now distributing its heat evenly.

And that’s it! Easy…

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