Many of us take boilers and central heating for granted, but over time, ‘sludge’ (rust and other substances) forms in your boiler, pipes and radiators, causing a range of problems. This build-up means that your central heating doesn’t work as efficiently and isn’t able to emit as much heat around your home, costing you money and leaving your building cold.
The good news is, hiring a power flush machine can leave your central heating as good as new.
What is a power flush machine?
A power flush machine circulates high-strength de-scaling chemicals through your central heating systems to remove sludge such as iron oxide deposits. This helps to prevent radiator cold spots and blockages, which helps to protect your boiler and pipework to prevent the need for costly repairs.
When is a power flush needed?
If you are unsure of when you may need to hire a power flush machine, there are many signs to look out for that could suggest a build-up of sludge in your central heating system.
Your gas engineer will perform various tests when carrying out your annual boiler service, but you can look out for the following symptoms:
- Cold spots at the bottom of your radiators
- Heating that is slow to warm up
- Cold radiators, but hot pipes
- Some radiators struggling to heat up as well as others
- Boiler regularly needs to be restarted
- Excessive noise from the boiler
- Noisy radiators
- No water escapes when you bleed a radiator
- Water is discoloured when you bleed a radiator
- Small radiator leaks
- Cloudy tap water as a result of limescale in the system
Power flush benefits
After using a power flush machine to clean out your central heating system, you should notice the benefits right away. Once the build-up of deposits is flushed away, you should no longer experience any of the above problems and your boiler and radiators should work as normal.
Through performing a power flush, you should notice a reduction in your heating bills as a result of improved energy efficiency, and a much more reliable system, with your boiler and radiator working as expected.
Not only is a power flush beneficial in the short term, but in the long term, it’s likely that the process will increase the lifespan of your central heating system considerably, helping you to avoid repair costs, part replacements, or in some scenarios, the need for a complete boiler or central heating system replacement.
Hiring a central heating power flush machine
To avoid the cost of buying an expensive power flush machine, you can hire one of these professional descaling units from CTH Hire Centres. With prices starting from £60 for one day of hire, you can save a lot of money in the long term by taking this step to protect your central heating system.
For more information, simply visit one of our depots, or call 01344 872 964 (Windlesham) or 01252 333 122 (Farnham). We will be happy to assist you.