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How to fix radiators that aren't warm enough & aren't getting hot

While your boiler and radiators might be in good working order, from time to time you may find that your heaters aren’t getting fully hot.


Folow the steps listed on this page to solve the problem yourself - or find your nearest heating engineer if the problems aren't resolved.


Steps to improve your radiator

In order to maximise the output of your radiators follow the steps below:


  • Check that the radiator valve is open


  • Ensure that the radiator thermostat valve is set correctly


If your radiator has a thermostat, check that the valve hasn't been set too low. If you discover that the valve is faulty contact your local heating engineer.


  • Check that the lockshield valve is set correctly


Located at the opposite end of the radiator to the main valve, the lockshield valve controls the flow of hot water into the radiator. In order to allow more hot water to pass you may need to adjust the settings.


  • Check whether the valves are blocked


If your radiator valves are blocked with limescale you may need to flush your system.

If you have an open-vent system (a conventional central heating system which is un-pressurised and tank fed), you can use a heating system sludge remover that can be bought at most DIY stores.

You can flush the system yourself by:


  • Adding the liquid to the feed and expansion tank
  • After a few days you'll need to empty and refill the system


If you have a non-open vent system you’ll need to flush your radiators with a hosepipe.


If you’re finding cold radiators in different parts of your home you may need to refill the cistern tank or replace the pump.

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