Whether the way you heat your house is through a forced air system, a stem heating system, or a hot water system, it is crucial to inspect your unit and have it maintained annually by a licensed and qualified professional. Aside from providing you with peace of mind, it also ensures your family’s safety; that is why the right furnace maintenance is necessary and another big bonus is that it could help you save on your utility bills. Operating equipments that are maintained means that the whole system will work efficiently, make use of lesser power, and heat the home effectively.

While it is advisable to get a professional to come to your house at least once in every year, there are some things that you can do in order to keep your radiators in good shape, in between the visits from the qualified person. Appropriate maintenance does not only allow you to save money and time, it will also let you know if there are any possible problems so that you can do something about them before they transform into more expensive and bigger  problems in the future. These are some of the easy steps when it comes to maintaining the radiators in your heating system:

Checking the Slope

Always check your system and make sure that each of the radiators has a slope that goes towards the inlet pipe (which is the pipe which comes from the floor or the wall). If no slope can be found in your radiator, you may add a small wedge of wood at the end of the vent. This will give you a small gradient and prevents the furnace from creating those irritating knocking or clanging noises.

Checking for Vent Block

Rust, paint, and corrosion may block the vents and in turn prevent them from letting air escape the right way. The air which is trapped in the radiator may prevent the steam from going in, which will prevent the whole unit to function correctly. When the vent is blocked, replacing it would be simple, because the part is normally available in your local hardware store. If the system has already cooled down, just unscrew the vent and then replace it with what you have bought.

Check the Inlet Valves

Checking the position of your inlet valves is also an important thing that you should do. Because a shut or partially open valve will not aid in regulating the heat and makes clangs and knocks, you should always make sure that the valves are open all the way or shut. This may be done by turning them to closed or open positions.

Be on the Lookout for Valves that Leak

If you think that your inlet valve is beginning to leak, then most probably the cap nuts are the ones that are leaking, and not the valve itself. The cap nuts are the large nuts which can be found at the horizontal and vertical connections, and luckily, they can normally be fixed by just retightening all the nuts. Make use of one wrench in order to put the valve in place and then a second one to tighten the cap nuts.

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