Fix A Leaking Radiator

Leaky Radiator

If you have a leaky radiator, you need to get if fixed quickly. If you fail to take action, it could cost you a lot of money for heating bills and repairs later on.

What Is a Radiator and How Does it Work?
A radiator is a piece of equipment in your home that heats a room. It is a metal case that can be painted to match your home’s decor and has pipes running through it.

Radiators work by circulating heated water. This is done by a boiler. The heated water gets pumped through the pipes and warms the air in the room where it sits. They come in different sizes to heat different types of room.

How To Tell if Your Radiator Is Leaking
Many times, water will leak through a valve and puddle on your floor. Sometimes, the air pressure is incorrect and you will hear a whistling sound. Steam may be issuing from a crack on the radiator, as well. Chances are, you will know if you have a problem.

How to Fix a Leaky Radiator
It is possible to fix small leaks by yourself, especially if you enjoy DIY. The first step is to gather all the tools you will need: wrench, bowl, and some plumber’s tape. Plumber’s tape can be found at any hardware store and even in some department stores.

  • Firstly turn off the boiler on the radiator system. This is important so you are not scalded and make more damage to your home. Many boilers come with a simple on/off switch, which makes this step easier.
  • Locate and loosen the bleed screw on the radiator. If you have a radiator bleed key, use that. If not, a regular wrench will work. Once able, remove the screw from the radiator.
  • Wrap the threats of the screw you just removed with plumber’s tape and reinsert the screw and tighten.
  • Turn off the water supply for the radiator. It should look like a knob or nuts. If you cannot find the shut-off valve, try looking for a plastic cap and remove the cap to find the valve.
  • Find the radiator drain valve. This is usually located on the back of the radiator or where the water enters into the radiator. Place a bowl beneath the radiator drain valve and then loosen the valve to let the water from inside the radiator drain out into the bowl.
  • Once the water has drained, wait a few moments for any extra water and then loosen the water outlet valve coupling, which you will find at the other end of the radiator.
  • Next, remove the coupling and wrap the threads on both sides with plumber’s tape. With a wrench, reconnect the couplings and tighten.

If you feel uncomfortable with this process, you can always call a plumber to do the work for you. You may not want to spend money, but it is better to spend a little extra and make sure the work is done right.

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