It might be nice weather now, but we’re already halfway through summer, and the colder months are on their way. So, while you might not be thinking about it just yet, now is the time to make sure your heating is working properly, so you don’t get cold toes in your own home. And that might mean you need a powerflush. What is a powerflush you ask, and why would I need one? Read on to find out.
What Is A Powerflush?
- Are your radiators cold at the bottom, or in patches?
- Does your boiler make a lot of noise or even cut out sometimes?
- When you bleed your radiators, is the water discoloured or dirty?
- Does your heating take a while to kick in when you first turn it on?
If one or more of these sounds familiar, then you probably need to flush out your whole central heating system.
You see, central heating systems are made up of metal pipes, which will all rust and wear down over time. And since your heating is a closed system, all of that rust stays put, mixing in with limescale and other general debris. Over time, this creates a kind of sludge at the bottom of your radiators and boiler. That doesn’t sound very nice – and it isn’t. It’s quite gross, and it makes your entire heating system really ineffective, It means the water can’t move freely, and can’t penetrate the sludge, which leads to those cold points on radiators and the nasty coloured water.
Why Have A Powerflush Done?
Powerflushes should be a part of all good heating maintenance. The main reason for this is simple – if all of that dirt, sludge, rust and debris is left in your heating system, eventually it will cause all sorts of problems. This might just be your heating not working properly and giving you those cold patches. It might be running up your heating bill because you don’t feel warm at the normal temperatures. Or it could be something more serious – like corroded pipes or even a broken down boiler.
This isn’t something you can prevent by just not running your heating as much, or bleeding your radiators a little more often either. It’s just something that happens in every heating system, which means a powerflush should be a part of your routine heating maintenance. Think of it like a service, but for your entire heating system, not just your boiler.
How Does It Work?
A powerflush is basically what it says on your tin – it flushes out the gunk in your heating system with fresh water and a chemical cleanser. It’s a way of deep cleaning your heating system. This is done using a powerful pump, usually only available to professionals. This pump will be connected to your heating system, and will send fresh water around and through every element of your heating system. This flushes out any deposits and sludge that’s accumulated in there, and allows water to flow freely throughout your system again.
The time a powerflush takes will usually depend on the size of your heating system, and the condition it’s in. On a system in fairly good nick, it can take around 8 hours – but on complicated or systems with a lot of build-up, it can take up to 2 days.
But it’s worth it. Once you’ve had a powerflush, you’ll see a lot of benefits, including:
- Enhanced energy-efficiency
- Improved system reliability
- Potentially lower energy bills*
- Reduced likeliness of boiler breakdown
- Could increase system lifespan
- Radiators can warm up quicker
- Better quality of heating and hot water
- Reduced noise from boiler and radiators
A powerflush should be done every 5-6 years to get rid of anything clogging up the system and keep your heating running efficiently. It’s a simple process and only takes a few hours to do properly if you hire a professional like us. But once we’re done, your house will be warmer than a polar bear in a Christmas jumper – once winter comes around of course.
If you would like to find out more, just get in touch with us today.