How to Tune Up Your Central Heating Radiator

Learning how to tune up your central heating radiator is very advantageous not only for you but also to your pocket. This should be done at least annually to ward of expensive repairs later on. The following steps will help you tune up your central heating radiator successfully.

Tools and Materials Needed
  • Stool or Ladder
  • Brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Vacuum
  • Water
Step 1 - Prepare All the Tools Needed

Before starting the process of tuning up your central heating radiator, You should have all the tools readily available so as to make use of your time and efforts more efficiently. It would be tiresome to go back and forth to fetch your tools.

Step 2 - Remove the Filter

Your furnace filter should be cleaned regularly or if you have pets around, then it is advised to clean it more frequently. Especially at summer when you notice that your central heating system doesn’t perform as well as it should be, then that is a sign that you already need to clean your filters.

To clean your filter, unscrew it from the latch. Then bring the filter outside because the cleaning can get very messy. Use the brush to remove the dusts and debris that’s stuck in your filter. Next use a vacuum to suck all the loose materials left in the filter.

After removing all the dusts, place it in a running water to make sure that the air would have a clear flow through the filters. Let dry and then it is now ready for reinstalling and we can move on to the next step.

Step 3 – Clear the Vent from Barriers that Could Prevent Proper Air Flow for Your Unit

It is important to provide the proper ventilation for your unit, thus make sure that these vents are clear from obstructions by sweeping away leaves or debris that could be blocking the vent from taking in air for your unit.

Step 4 –Check the Pilot Light if It Is Properly Working

If you are using an oil central heating radiator, checking the pilot light is a must. You should see a blue flame clearly which means your unit is doing fine. But if the flame is orange or yellow then your unit may be experiencing some problem that should be addressed as soon as possible by a qualified professional.

Cleaning your central heating system regularly will not only ensure its quality performance but also the safety of your home. Making sure that the filter, vents and the lights are working properly will prolong the life span of your central heating radiator without an extra cost.

Do not hesitate to call for a qualified professional if you feel that your central heating system is not working like it should be or if the cleaning you did didn’t make any improvements or have worsen.