How to tell if a power flush of your central heating system is recommended?
Unless it has sufficient corrosion inhibitor, from the day your heating system is installed it starts to deteriorate. The steel and iron components will start to rust. This leads to the formation of magnetite and a build up of sludge which is evident by the water in the system becoming black. As the build up of sludge increases it can block waterways and seriously impair upon the efficiency of your heating system, leading to higher energy bills and ultimately failure of pump, radiator valves or boiler.
If you have radiators which have cold spots at the bottom you probably have a build up of sludge and flakes of rust blocking the waterways within the radiator. If your radiators have cold spots at the top it may just be due to air in the system or it could be caused by hydrogen gas which forms due to a chemical reaction which is a part of the corrosion process. On top of this if you live in a hard water area and your system has not been regularly treated it may well also have a build up of lime scale which only serves to exacerbate the problem.
The following are all symptoms of corrosion:
- Black water in the system.
- Radiators requiring frequent bleeding.
- Radiators partially or fully cold.
- System very slow to warm up.
- Noisy boiler
- Central heating pump failure.
Regardless of these symptoms systems 10 years or more old will have a build up of corrosion. If you recognise any of these symptoms then your heating system could almost certainly benefit from power flushing.