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Reattaching a radiator to selaed system

Postby clueless » Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:49 am

We just took a radiator off the wall for a spot of decorating and are now looking to reattach it.

I've done a quick google search and keep seeing lots of scary disclaimers saying that we should "consult a professional heating engineer" if we have a sealed system.

Is this really such a difficult procedure? If not how should we go about doing it?

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Postby htg engineer » Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:03 pm

There'll be a pressure gauge on or near the boiler, depending on what type of boiler you have fitted. This indicates the pressure in the heating system. If this drops to 0bar or normally 0.5bar the boiler will not operate.

To top up the heating sytem, there'll be a filling valve and a non-return valve. this is normally connected by a flexible hose, or some boilers have internal filling valves.

Re-fitting the radiator shouldn't be a problem. Make sure heating is turned off, refit the radiator and open both radiator valves. You need to fill the boiler to about 1.5bar and vent the radiator. When the air stops or slows down you need to Keep topping the pressure up to about 1.5bar until water is present at the radiator vent.

When the radiator is full - again top the boiler up to between 1.0 and 1.5bar.

Check radiator for leaks, a leak will make the pressure drop over a period of time.

If the radiator you have removed is downstairs, you may need to vent all upstairs radiators too.

Hope this helps
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Postby clueless » Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:03 am

Thanks that definitely helps.

As this all sounds relatively straightforward, what's the reason behind all the disclaimers?
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