Feb 02 2014

Hot water

coldtoiletI spent much of yesterday locked in mortal combat with my heating system.

I have a radiator that’s not working, see. And it’s driving me nuts because I can’t figure out why.

Whilst the rest of the radiators in the house get so bloody hot that you can’t actually hold your hand on some of them, this one refuses to heat up. It doesn’t get even a bit warm. Stone freezing cold it is.  And as it’s the one in the downstairs loo, it can be a bit nippy on the backside first thing in the morning, when one is in need of a nice sit down.

I’ve bled it for air. Oh, God I’ve bled it for air.  So. Many. Times.

I’ve checked the valves on either side of it and they are both working fine.

I’ve disconnected it and  taken it off the wall to check for any blockages… none.

I’ve re-balanced the whole system – just like the bloke on YouTube showed me.

And I’ve got down on my knees and prayed in the direction of the nearest Plumb Centre, for divine inspiration.

But, what’s even more annoying is that sometimes, just sometimes and apropos of nothing, the radiator will actually get hot. Not very often: perhaps only once every few weeks… during a full moon or something, but it does get hot… ish.

I refuse to call in a plumber for something that I really should be able to fix myself.

But when the snow starts to fall and the temperature really drops, and Mrs Masher starts complaining that her arse has stuck to the toilet seat because it’s so bloody cold, then I know I’m going to have to bite the bullet and pay for a professional.



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  1. Brennig

    I could tell you what it is. But then I’d have to kill you. But yes, I could tell you.

  2. Masher

    You’d have to kill me!?
    Blimey, even by plumbers’ standards, that’s a bit steep.

  3. Juliette

    I have that also and my friends husband is a plumber. Apparently it is about balancing the system and the fact that my house is too wide for the current boiler. Get a fan heater and an electric heated toilet seat :)

  4. Masher

    I know my house isn’t too wide (you sure rthat’s right?!) as the damned radiator USED to work just fine.

    Do they make heated toilet seats?

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