How To: Bleed a heating radiator

Bleed a heating radiator

Is you radiator acting up and making impossibly loud noises? Does banging in the pipes sound like someone's running a sledge hammer? Try this easy do-it-yourself fix with this video on how to bleed your radiator.

You Will Need:
• A radiator
• A towel
• A bleed key

Step 1: Turn off the heat
Turn off the heat and wait until the radiator cools.

Step 2: Locate the valve
Locate the bleed valve. It is a circular valve with a square protrusion from its center.

Step 3: Hold towel
Hold the towel beneath the valve to catch any water that leaks out.

Step 4: Insert and turn
Insert the bleed key and turn it one-quarter turn counter-clockwise. When you hear the hissing of released air, you have successfully opened the valve.

Step 5: Close valve
Turn the valve one-quarter turn clockwise once the hissing has ceased and the first drop of water exits the valve.

Step 6: Turn on heat
Turn the heat back on and listen to hear if the noise in the pipes has dissipated.

Step 7: Contact a professional
Contact a professional heating expert if problems persist.

Trivia: Doris Day sang the song "Steam Heat" in the 1957 movie version of The Pajama Game.

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