Everything you need to know about powerflushing - what it involves, how to know if you need one and what the benefits are.
What is Powerflushing and why do I need it?
Over a period of time, deposits of sludge, rust and debris naturally build up in your central heating system due to the constant flow of water, causing it to degrade.
Powerflushing removes these deposits through the use of a purpose-built high pressure flushing machine and cleansing solutions. As the cleaning process takes place inside your system there is no mess or fuss to worry about and it can take less than a day to complete.
Also, when the powerflush is complete we always add a special inhibitor solution to your system as standard. This inhibitor is vital to help prevent further build ups of debris and means that you can relax knowing your system is protected. It is advisable to have your central heating system powerflushed every 5-10 years, depending on the age of the system and also whether it is has been serviced regularly.
Why is sludge so bad for my central heating system?
The debris that builds up over time can cause cold spots in radiators and can also create blockages inside radiators and pipes which can lead to irreparable damage.
By removing this debris you can help to prevent having to replace your boiler, valves, radiators and pumps prematurely. As well as this, a clean system will have free flowing hot water moving throughout, meaning your boiler will be able to work more efficiently, your house will be warmer and can even reduce your energy bills.
How do I know if my system needs to be powerflushed?
The easiest way to check if you need a powerflush is to bleed a radiator. If you find dirty water comes out then this can indicate the build up of debris in your system, so power flushing may be recommended.
Common symptoms of a system which may need power-flushing:
• radiator cold spots
• loud / unusual boiler noises
• radiators requiring regular bleeding to release air
• radiators becoming slow to warm up
If you have noticed some or all of these problems in your home, or if you are still unsure about whether you need a powerflush, then why not call us today to arrange for one of our friendly, local engineers to visit your house to offer you free advice. If we feel it is advisable for you to have your system powerflushed then we can provide you with a free no obligation quotation and if you decide to go ahead we can carry out the powerflush in less than a day.
I'm getting a new boiler, do I still need a powerflush?
Power-flushing before having a new boiler fitted to an existing central heating system will ensure the new boilers warranty remains valid. It will also prevent the sludge and debris currently in the system from clogging up the new boiler and causing problems to develop with it.
The same applies when replacing boiler parts such as the heat exchanger. Applying inhibitor to the system, or fitting a magnetic filter to the return pipe following a power flush will help to maintain the level of clean achieved by the power-flush.
Save Energy = Save Money
Powerflushing a central heating system can help to save money on your energy bills as your boiler will run far more efficiently with clean water running through it, this is because the parts are under less pressure with the debris removed.
Also clean water can reach a much higher temperature and can warm up faster than dirty water, so after a Powerflush you may find that your house is warmer than before. The more efficient running of your central heating reduces the amount of energy used, which will lower your energy bills and therefore lower your carbon footprint and save you money.
Benefits of Powerflushing
There are many benefits to having your system power-flushed. The clear pipes and radiators will help keep it running at optimum efficiency and help to prevent breakdowns caused by internal deterioration. This can save you considerable amounts of money over time.
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If your central heating system is suffering from a build up of debris and if it is left to worsen, this may lead to the breakdown of your boiler or irreversible damage to various components in the boiler or central heating system - all of which could cost a lot more than having your system power-flushed and would leave you without any heating until it is fixed.
Maintain a healthy system with a magnetic filter
Magnetic central heating filters are designed to prevent the build up of debris and sludge from most central heating systems, using both magnetic and non-magnetic filters to remove any deposits as they occur. We recommend installing one of these filters to your system (often referred to as a Magnaclean), after having a Powerflush to maintain the health of your system and to prevent further build ups of sludge and debris. The filter is designed to stay in your system for many years but should be serviced annually for maximum efficiency.