Heat Pump Underfloor Heating Systems

Date: Jul 28, 2015 - 11:23 pm

One type of underfloor heating system you can use when putting together a central heating system is the heat pump underfloor heating system. Why is this system the one to go for?


Heat pump underfloor heating systems are extremely efficient systems. The reason for this is that heat pump use electricity to move heat, not make it, which makes them much for efficient than other systems such as gas or solar. Heat pumps are a low temperature heat source which makes them perfect for an underfloor heating system because underfloor heating systems run a low temperatures. Heat pump systems are very versatile, they can work anywhere, unlike solar systems which require a certain amount of sunlight to warm the water. They can be incorporated in almost any underfloor heating system, allowing them to be used in all home and buildings where an underfloor heating system is required.

Talk to us today if you are interested in a heat pump underfloor heating system for your home.


Home Radiator Repairs

Date: Jul 8, 2015 - 10:36 pm

Are you having an issue with your radiator? You will be pleased to know that it may be possible to fix the problem without a professional. What can you do to fix a radiator that isn’t working?

Check the lock shield.

home_radiator_repair_lock_shieldIf one of your radiators are not working, first thing you need to do is make sure that the lock shield is open. To the left you will see an image of what a lock shield typically looks like, it will be found under a cap next to the radiator. To make sure it is open, turn it all the way you can anti-clockwise.

If this has not solved your problem, you may have air in your radiator. A common symptom of air in the radiator is if you can feel that both flow and return pipes are hot as well as the bottom of the radiator, but the top is cold. This is always a sign of air stuck in the radiator. To solve this, you will need to bleed the radiator. It is highly recommended that you turn the boiler and pump off before trying to bleed the radiator.

home_radiator_repair_bleeding_radiatorBleeding the radiator.

To bleed the radiator, make sure both pump and boiler are off and both radiator valves are open. Put a small towel under the bleeder valve or screw and open the screw to let the air out. Once water is coming out and no more bubbles, let it run for a few seconds and the close the valve/screw.

If this does not fix your problem, the next place to look is the Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV). The valve could be stuck shut . If this is the problem, it may need to be replaced.

Checking the TRV.

home_radiator_repair_thermostatic_radiator_valveThe first thing you need to do is make sure that it is fully turned on. Now you need to remove the TRV head. How this is done will depend on the valve, some have a screw on collar, some will have a black plastic lug which you need to pop a screw driver into and turn to remove. There may also be other ways. Once the top is off, you should be able to see the valve. Now you can push down on the pin to see if it is stuck or not. If it moves up and down, it is not stuck. Do not hit it with a hammer, especially if you have an older pin type head. What you need to do is get a set of long nose pliers and wiggle the pin to try to release it. If you are successful, the pin should come back up. If it has returned, try to push down on the head again and see if it returns. If not, you need a new TRV.