What is a Powerflush?

If you know a thing or two about boilers you may already have heard of a powerflush. However while the word might be familiar to you, the nature of the process may not be. So let’s find out more about it.

A powerflush is a method for cleaning your entire central heating system. Over time the pipes that are part of the system – not to mention the radiators as well – can start to fill up with various contaminants. One of the more obvious ones is limescale, which comes from the water itself. However there are other things that can get caught up in the system, including particles of rust.

While a few odd contaminants are to be expected and won’t cause any harm, a large build up of these items can stop your central heating system from working properly. Needless to say, this isn’t good news for the short term or the long term.

How can you tell if power flushing is required?

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As with anything else in life, lots of things can go wrong when it comes to a central heating system. Most radiators gurgle from time to time but it doesn’t indicate you need a powerflush. However if you’re getting cold spots in one or more radiators or they aren’t heating up properly, this could add up to the presence of a significant number of contaminants in the system.

You may also notice problems with your boiler, especially if it is making a lot of noise. Of course if you suspect this could be the problem, it is always wise to get several opinions from experts in the business. Symptoms can be indicative of many things, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you need power flushing.

Can it help the efficiency of your boiler too?

If your central heating system is badly contaminated by limescale and other similar debris, it can start to affect your boiler. When you think about it, the water in your central heating system goes through the pipes, the radiators and the boiler. This means any contaminants will go through all the same areas.

Put simply, if your system is very badly clogged up with debris it can make your boiler work harder than it needs to. This means it will be more liable to damage and repairs than it would be otherwise. So if you are experiencing problems with your central heating and you don’t want to be stung by the new boiler cost, this could provide an alternative.

As you can see it makes sense to get more than one opinion – and quotation – for a powerflush if you think this could be the issue. While it can transform an old and struggling system, it isn’t always required if it turns out another problem is the culprit.

The good news is it is the ideal way to breathe new life into a system that has had an extensive build up of debris and limescale over many years. And that has to be good news.

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