If you’re a homeowner with a traditional central heating system, the chances are that you will have heard of power flushing before. But perhaps you might not remember what they are and when you might need to book one in for your system.
With that in mind, here’s a handy run-through of exactly what a power flush is and what benefits it can have for you and your central heating system. First, let’s start with the basics.
What is a Power Flush?
A power flush is designed to remove any dirt, sludge, rust, debris, and any other form of contaminants that tend to accumulate in heating systems in frequent use. A power flush covers all the parts making up your system, including your radiators, boiler, and pipework, to ensure they maintain their optimal condition and efficiency.
Without investing in a power flush at recommended intervals, your central heating system is more prone to leaks, and your boiler is more likely to suffer breakdowns.
How Does a Power Flush Work?
A power flush should be carried out by a qualified heating engineer with the appropriate equipment. They use a dedicated power flushing machine combined with a cleaning chemical to “flush” the system with a cleaning solution, removing all debris and restoring the pipework to optimum efficiency.
Before the work commences, a heating engineer will take a full assessment of your central heating system, including recording radiator temperatures, taking water quality samples, and identifying cold spots. They will then retake those measurements after the power flush to demonstrate its effectiveness.
When Might I Need a Power Flush?
Your system requires a power flush when sludge starts to build up in your system. Over time, your system may start to corrode due to the build-up of contaminants, blocking waterways, pipes, and exchange heaters.
While you won’t be able to detect the precise condition of your central heating system without specialist equipment, however, several symptoms may indicate you would benefit from booking in a power flush. They include but are not limited to:
- Cold spots on your radiators – particularly at the bottom
- The radiators are not warming up, even if the pipes below are hot
- Radiators take a long time to heat up
- Your radiators need bleeding often and often produce discoloured water
- Radiators are leaking
- Your boiler inexplicably switches on and off
- Radiators and/or boiler makes loud banging or knocking noises
- Your boiler produces unstable temperatures
- Your boiler breaks down
- Your boiler sounds like a whistling kettle
Book Your Power Flush and Prolong the Life of Your Central Heating System Today
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it could be a sign that your central heating system could benefit from a power flush. If you’re suffering from cold radiators in the middle of winter, a power flush may be the best solution for returning your home to warmth.
At Wirral Plumbers, our experienced and qualified heating engineers offer effective power flushing services to homes across the Wirral region and beyond. If you would like to learn more about our power flushing options, please call us on 0758 0395 493. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.