What is a Power Flush: Your Complete Guide

What is a Power Flush

Power flushing your central heating system might be the best way to bring your heating system back to top performance. Read on to learn why…

Before today, you may or may not have heard the term “power flush“. Now that you have, you’re probably asking yourself, “what is a power flush?

First of all, no it doesn’t have anything to do with your toilet.

A power flush is a process which removes rust, sludge and excess debris from your central heating system.

If these harmful contaminants are left in the system, they can adversely impact its efficiency.

In some cases, a power flush may be the only option you have available to fix the problem.

So what is a power flush? It might be the best way to bring your heating system back to top performance.

When You Might Be in Need of a Power Flush

If you’ve been keeping up with regular yearly maintenance and service, you should only need a flush performed every 5 or 6 years.

This can vary depending on the system you have. As an example, there are boilers that use copper heat exchangers instead of stainless steel.

These will corrode much quicker.

If you plan on replacing your boiler, make sure your engineer performs a flush prior to installation. If they don’t, you run the risk of contamination to the new boiler from debris and sludge still hanging out in the pipework.

Key Signs to Look For

Now that we’ve answered the all-important question of “what is a power flush?”, let’s look at signs to be aware of when a power flush may be needed.

  • Your radiators have cold spots on them. Especially on the bottom.
  • You’re hearing a lot of noise from the boiler or the system pump.
  • There’s discoloured water when bleeding the radiators.
  • Heating warms up very slowly.
  • You notice cloudy tap water. This is a sign of excessive limescale in the system or other factors.
  • Some of your radiators don’t heat up as well as others.
  • The radiators are cold but the pipes are still hot.
  • You always notice the boiler shutting down and have to re-start it.
  • When you try to bleed a radiator, no water comes out.
  • Your radiators and/or boiler are very noisy.
  • There are small leaks in the radiators.

Any of This Sound Familiar?

If any of these issues sound like what you’re experiencing, it’s time to get in touch with a professional. A power flush isn’t something you can do on your own.

A power flush might be all you need to get your heating system back up and running at full power. However, sometimes it’s not that easy.

Some systems are so damaged that it’ll be cheaper to replace them than to repair.

In this case, always consult with at least two professionals to ensure you’re getting the best solution at the fairest price.

What is a Power Flush Going to Do For You?

When it’s time to get your heating system back in top shape, a power flush might be all you need.

If you’re in or around London, Essex, Kent, Suffolk or Hertfordshire  get in touch and we’ll stop by for an assessment.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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