What is Power Flushing?

Central heating systems have a nasty habit of building up deposits of sludge, rust and other debris. These can affect the efficiency of your heating system, and even cause it to break down completely. In severe cases, you may need to replace your boiler. A power flush can clear your central heating of these contaminants, restoring is back to working order.

You will need to contact your local plumber if you think your central heating needs power flushing. The process can take several hours, but it’s a popular method of cleaning your central heating system as it’s a fast and efficient way of combatting a build-up of debris.

When do you need a power flush?

If you carry out regular servicing and maintenance, a preventative power flush should only be necessary every 5-6 years. Your local plumber is the best person to service and maintain your boiler, and the team at Assett Plumbing are more than qualified for the job! A preventative power flush prevents debris from building up before it becomes a problem, keeping your boiler working efficiently for longer.

It’s also important to perform a power flush if you are planning to replace your boiler. If you don’t you risk contaminating the new boiler with potential damaging sludge and debris in the old pipework.

Signs you need a power flush

Knowing what to look out for will hopefully prevent a damaging build-up of contaminants. We’ve put together the below list to guide you, but if you’re ever in any doubt, the call your local Northampton plumber for advice.

  • Cold areas on radiators
  • Boiler making excessive
  • Discoloured water when you bleed the radiators, or no water at all
  • Heating is slow to warm up, or some radiators struggling to heat as well as others
  • Radiators cold but pipes are hot
  • Boiler regularly shuts down and needs restarting
  • Small leaks in radiators
  • Cloudy tap water

What are the benefits of power flushing?

We’ve listed the benefits of power flushing, which is best used as a preventative measure to reduce damage.

  • More even heat distribution throughout the radiators
  • Lower household bills and overall energy savings
  • Increased system reliability and extended system life

If you feel that power flushing would be a beneficial step to take for your central heating system, or you’re unsure whether or not you need to book one in, then don’t hesitate to get in touch and one of our helpful plumbers will be able to advise you!