Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Why do radiators leak?

Why do radiators leak?

Here at Feature Radiators we realise that an article referring to leaks is probably best avoided for a company selling radiators but we are extremely confident about our range of feature radiators, their quality and our track record in dealing with issues. Therefore let’s grab this ‘leaks from radiators’ subject by the horns and discuss.

Three main reasons a radiator would leak:

·         Inadequate maintenance of the central heating system the radiator is on.
·         A manufacturing fault with the radiator.
·         Incorrect or poor installation.

Incorrect or poor installation

Let’s firstly look at possible installation issues. All our feature radiators come with instructions to install, so the process should be as simple as possible for a qualified heating engineer/plumber. Should your installer have any questions we have a dedicated Technical Manager to deal with any queries.

To start if you imagine you are looking at a radiator….
The majority of radiators will have 4 entry points (holes), some have 6.
Starting at the top, all radiators will have a bleed vent to go in one of those entries and usually on the opposite side at the top a blanking plug. Both of these plugs come supplied from Feature Radiators and those parts will have an O-ring, (ring of rubber or silicone) that when screwed into the radiator forms a water tight seal.

We find that these get over tightened, so the rubber o ring that is present gets deformed due to being compressed too much and that leaves gaps for water to escape, although in very small amounts initially over time the issue worsens. Symptomatic of this is ‘veining’ paint around that part of the radiator or rust runs from that part of the radiator.

With bleed valves and blanking plugs, sound advice would be to screw them in hand tight then one quarter turn more with a suitable tool. Also never use any other sealant when an o ring is present. This will ensure the seal is formed correctly and avoid deforming.
Moving onto the remaining 2 entry points at the bottom of the radiator. In 99% of installations in the UK the bottom entries will be for taking the valves (taps).

When installing the majority of valves offered by Feature Radiators an installer would add PTFE tape (plumbers tape) to the threads of the valve tail, this helps to form a water tight seal between the radiator and the valve, there are a few examples of valves that arrive with their own O ring on the valve tail but the majority require a sealant.

Once the installer has filled each of the 4 entry points of a radiator, so air vent, blank plug and a valve at each entry at the bottom, the radiator is ‘dressed’ but may not be filled with water as other works may be ongoing.

At the end of the whole works to the central heating system and after other relevant chemical cleaning and preparation work in accordance with British Standards has taken place the plumber will fill the system with water and fire up the heating. This gives the plumber a chance to inspect all their joins on the radiator with the radiator under the pressure of the central heating system and the radiator also expanding with the heat and then contracting when the system is turned off, that is always a good test for their seals and allows them to notice any seals that need attention.
Based on a sound water tight installation and good seals being formed the next possible reason for a leak would be poor maintenance of the central heating system.

Inadequate maintenance of the central heating system the radiator is on

Much like a car our central heating systems and radiators require regular maintenance to keep them in top condition. We provide this advice on our Feature Radiators delivery information sheet that every customer receives when ordering.

The plumber will chemically clean the entire central heating system on its initial set up or if work is being done on an older system they will use their professional acumen to decide if that is required, always speak to your plumber if in doubt or you have questions it is always best to check. Once the plumber has successfully filled the system with water and everything is water tight they will add – inhibitor, this is the chemical that stops water rusting through radiators and boilers.

Water in its natural state is very corrosive therefore a chemical is required to counter that corrosiveness. Without inhibitor in your central heating system it can suffer an array of issues and leaks can occur from a variety of places. A qualified heating engineer/plumber will appropriately deal with the relevant chemicals for your central heating system. A good point to remember is making sure inhibitor levels are checked annually, usually you can incorporate that on your annual service. If your radiators have been installed for over a year and then they begin to leak, serious consideration needs to be given to the maintenance they have received in their working life.

A manufacturing fault with the radiator itself

Finally and the I am glad to report (from Feature Radiators point of view) the  least common cause of leaks in radiators we supply are due to manufacturing issues.  As an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems accredited company we ensure all our manufacturers and suppliers work to the highest possible standards. This means our products are all either batch tested in the factory or pressure tested and/or visually inspected before they are dispatched to customers. In doing so the majority of issues are identified before they are even dispatched to the customer. 

In the unlikely event a leaking radiator is supplied this will most likely be down to a pin hole in the radiator body, faulty weld or joint possibly hidden out of view of the naked eye or under the radiators paint coat preventing it being identified on the pressure test. In any of these eventualities the manufacturer’s warranty would cover a replacement or repair of the leaking radiator to ensure you get the radiator working as it should.

I hope the article has been useful, if you have any further questions or queries on this subject matter or Feature Radiators in general, feel free to contact us on 01274 567789 or email – contact@featureradiators.co.uk

Monday, 7 August 2017

En-Vogue for 2017

En-vogue for 2017

It is important to constantly review and adapt when it comes to new fashion, trends and ideas in interior design. This includes on-trend colours or new and innovative materials to fit your homes design and heating needs. We have collated a huge range of designer radiators including central heating and electric models in almost every finish imaginable.  As we are a radiator specialist we take great pride in being at the forefront of radiator design.
Below is a number of products recently added to our ever growing collection. These represent the latest in design and trends for 2017. For any further information or further details please feel free to call our experts on 01274 567789, or find us online @ http://www.featureradiators.co.uk/

Colour is king
On trend for 2017, ElleDecor says, "You can never have too much blue."
Pure quality and classic styling.  The Gainsborough ball jointed towel radiator is a welcome addition to any bathroom bringing warmth and space to hang your towels.   

Central heating, electric and dual fuel versions available.

On trend for 2017, Vogue says, Green is “strong again.” 
From lime green to emerald, the hue works throughout the home—whether it’s as a wall colour, a room-filling rug or even a radiator!Equally at home in Victorian drawing rooms and state-of-the-art kitchens, the Classic design moves easily from period homes to contemporary interiors. A wide range of sizes, shapes and finishes can be interpreted to create your own personal style. Black, aluminium and anthracite look particularly striking in hi-tech surroundings. Timeless and versatile, this radiator is a true design classic.

Materials matter 

When talking about what’s on trend in 2017 we need to look past colours and look at the materials themselves. This extends into the heating world with new and exciting materials popping up all over. From your classic steel column radiator to new stone and marble models the world really is your oyster. When it comes to style there is no set shape. Radiators have moved on form a rectangular corrugated panel on your wall.  
On trend for 2017, Vogue's Young Huh, who was named one of Vogue’s five young interior designers, promises marble will continue to dominate in 2017. “We’re going to see this trend in both kitchens and baths,” Huh explains. “It’s that combination of something very natural and clean, white marble."

Form and function combined

Using a clever design innovation to solve two problems is always a good idea. Using ultra polished stainless steel to get an almost flawless mirror finish whist effectively heating a space in now achievable with the Supermirror. Especially useful for smaller bathrooms the corrugated aluminium radiator will heat the stainless steel panel from behind meaning your mirror won’t fog up and spoil your view.

Industrial Chic
It’s about proudly displaying the building materials that many try to conceal. It’s about adding a raw, unfinished look to the most 
thoughtfully designed homes. It’s about selecting pieces that 
are as much about function as style. It’s industrial interior 
This stunning bare metal radiator goes right to the core of industrial chic design. Bringing effortless cool and stylish warmth, the Core 
looks equally at home in contemporary as well as traditional interiors. 
The natural bare metal surface is protected by a luscious deep lacquer 
ensuring good looks for the long haul.

So whether it’s a new pallet of colours, exciting new materials or a radiator with dual function times are constantly changing in the world of design and designer radiators. We’ll keep you right up to speed and let you know what’s hot as our range continues to grow.

Josh Wilkinson
Feature Radiators. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Do I need manual or thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)?

Feature Radiators' technical expert, Jason, offers some helpful advice on choosing the best radiator valves for your particular circumstances, regarding both look and efficiency.  He explains the difference between manual and thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs).

For more information, visit www.featureradiators.co.uk.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Feature radiators - stylish and efficient

Feature Radiators by name Feature radiators by nature! Our contemporary, traditional, electric or towel rail ranges include radiators that double up as works of art to give the ultimate wow factor to your home, whilst providing function as well as form. Style and substance are no longer mutually exclusive when it comes to designer radiators

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Feature Radiators' showroom in West Yorkshire is the largest in the UK

Feature Radiators is an award-winning radiator specialist and has the UK's largest radiator showroom with over 250 display models in their premises in Bingley, West Yorkshire. Here Jason, Head of Sales and a true radiator expert, gives a tour and explains the different radiator styles, designs, materials and finishes now available.

Friday, 9 December 2016

How to turn a central heating radiator into an electric radiator

Electric radiators are an increasingly popular option. Consequently Feature Radiators offers a wide range of electric heater styles including a number of column, cast iron and traditional style radiators as we can provide a DIY electric element kit to convert some of our standard radiators into electric models.

This video shows you how to convert one of our central heating radiators into an electric version with the installation of an electric element. 

All our electric radiators can be controlled via PC, tablet or smartphone using our smart app technology and/or linked to form a centrally controlled electric heating system.  Call our expert team on 01274 567789 for more information or visit www.featureradiators.co.uk.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

How to choose a heated towel rail or bathroom radiator

The choice of towel radiators these days is huge.  In this video our radiator expert, Jason, offers a layperson's guide to choosing the best heated towel rail or bathroom radiator for your particular circumstances.  He shows a range of contemporary and traditional towel radiator designs and gives advice on ensuring the appropriate heat output for you bathroom, wet room or en-suite. 

For more tailored advice, please call our expert team directly on 01274 567789 or, for more information, visit www.featureradiators.co.uk.