OK, DH has buggered off to Switzerland "on business", and I have a radiator problem. We got a new boiler last week, and new thermostat knob-things on 12 of our radiators, which were so old, they didn't have any. We also have 5 radiators that already had thermostat knob-things on, so they didn't need new ones.
Tonight, it's freezing, but when I put the heating on, one of the radiators with the old knobs started banging really loudly. It stopped when I turned the knob. But then another one with old knobs started banging really loudly. It's really loud, and I'm already a bit scared about being in the house alone with my DC and I want it to stop!
Does anyone know enough about plumbing to tell me how to fix this? Please.
Turn the heating OFF, then go upstairs turn all the radiators to fully on, then bleed all the radiators upstairs. The go downstairs, and do the same. Then turn heating back on. Then turn radiators down if all is well
OK, stupid question - where does the water go? And how do you refill once you've bled? I'm thinking I'd rather just put several jumpers on and take the kids out to pizza express every night till DH is home. Is it a real hassle to bleed the radiators? And I don't even know if I have a key.
I have a big yellow plastic thing, but I think that might be the key to the gas box.
You only let the air out, not the water. You turn the key back quickly as soon as water starts coming out, but as Maureen says, you might need something to catch the first spurt before you can get it turned off.
Make sure you have a try, under his supervision -then you'll feel more confident next time. I was petrified of radiator-bleeding first time I did it. It really is a doddle (slowly is the way!) but I know that "What happens if I can't turn the key back again" feeling!
There's supposed to be water all the way through the system. Its the water that heats up in the rads. Its just one long peice of pipe work which has water going all the way round from the tank and back again. Its banging and bubbling, because when the rads were changed, they let some air in. Its just an airlock and as the water pushes the air, it makes a noise.