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Should water come out when bleeding a radiator?

Yes, it is perfectly normal for water to escape when a radiator is bled. You’ll likely notice some drips emerging when initially turning the bleed screw in an anti-clockwise direction. And water would pour out once the air was released,…
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Are cast iron radiators more efficient than modern steel radiators?

Cast iron radiators are proven to work in an energy efficient manner, with cast iron actually boasting a higher level of conductivity than steel. As a material, cast iron may take longer to heat up than steel, but it also retains its…
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Can I put a radiator beneath a TV?

It isn’t recommended to place a radiator beneath a TV if it can be avoided, considering the detrimental effect the emerging heat could have on the television. However, if you have little other option due to space restrictions, there…
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Can I put a radiator underneath a TV?

It isn’t the best idea to put a radiator directly underneath a TV, as the emanating heat could potentially cause damage to the television. That said, there is a way to reduce the risk of potential damage from the heat – investment…
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What are house radiators made of?

House radiators tend to be manufactured from one of four main materials. Usually, you’ll find radiators to be constructed from cast iron, aluminium, mild steel or stainless steel. Take a look at the BestHeating Radiator Buying Guide…
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What are radiators made of?

There are four main materials typically used in the construction of radiators. You are likely to encounter radiators made from stainless steel, mild steel, cast iron or aluminium. Consult the BestHeating Radiator Buying Guide for…
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What causes sludge in heating systems?

Dirt and debris particles from water in the heating system can combine with rust to create sludge. The rust develops on the inside of radiators and pipes, so is likelier to occur in older heating systems. To combat sludge, and ensure…
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Why does my radiator make a tapping noise?

A tapping noise is usually caused by a thermostatic valve that hasn’t been fitted correctly. In many instances, the radiator valves have been switched by mistake. This is especially the case if you have recently installed new radi…
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How do I stop my radiators from whistling?

Typically, turning the radiator valve to full will succeed in stopping your radiators from whistling. The whistling sound can be caused by radiators having too much water flowing through them, but is thankfully easy to combat.
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Why do my radiators make a whistling noise?

Radiators can sometimes make a whistling noise when too much water is flowing through them. Typically, the problem can be easily solved, just by turning the radiator valve to full.
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What clearances do I need above and below my radiators to ensure maximum efficiency?

For the most effective and efficient distribution of heat, BestHeating would recommend leaving a clearance of 50mm above, and 100mm below your radiators. By creating clearances of these sizes at either end of your radiators, you can…
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Do cast iron radiators take longer to heat up?

Yes. Cast iron radiators usually take longer to heat up than other radiator types. However, it should be noted that cast iron radiators will also typically retain their heat for longer, and stay warmer for longer when the central heating…