The free diy home improvement guide with answers to your questions on a wide range of do it yourself projects.

Heating and Hot Water Controls

A range of controls, programmers and thermostats are used to switch central heating and hot water circuits on and off and to control the temperature. These range from simple timers and room thermostats to full programmers with day and weekend settings

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Heating and Hot Water Valves

There are many types of valve used in the control of central heating and hot water systems - From motorised two port and three port valves including diverter and mid-point valves to thermostatic radiator valves and bypass valves

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Heating Corrosion and Inhibitors

How to prevent corrosion in radiators and heating pipes by adding inhibitor to prevent leaks from pin holes and rust.

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Hot Water Air Lock - Vented System

The hot water on a vented system can become air locked if the cold water storage cistern runs dry and air can be drawn in via the vent pipe causing spluttering. These problems can be resolved following our guide to clearing air between taps and cylinder or in the cold feed

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Hot water Supply – Vented Systems

On vented systems, the hot water for the house is supplied via a hot water cylinder and this may be heated with a direct system or an indirect system. Heat is supplied by a boiler but may also include an immersion heater. The hot water cylinder is fed from and vented over the cold water storage cistern. With an indirect hot water system an open vent from the boiler primary circuit discharges above a feed and expansion cistern

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Leaks in central heating systems

How to cure leaks in pipes and valves supplying water to central heating and radiators. Repairing solder and compression joints and tightening valve nuts to prevent water leaking.

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Motorised Valves – Replacing actuator or valve

Motorised valve faults can be due to a seized valve or a faulty actuator. This guide explains how to replace the actuator as well as how to replace the complete motorised valve

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Problem solving central heating 1

How to solve problems with cold radiators and loss of heating or hot water. Including information on the overflow of water from the feed and expansion tank.

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Problem solving central heating 2

How to solve problems with heating or hot water. Curing noise including knocks creaks and humming from heating system and boiler.

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Radiator - fitting new

How to add a new central heating radiator including information on draining down the system, measuring and fixing the radiator on its barackets and plumbing the copper flow and return pipes and valves.

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Radiator - positioning

Diy help on choosing a suitable position to fit radiators when installing central heating. Showing air flow and heat loss considerations.

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Radiator - refitting

Diy how-to on re-fitting a radiator on a central heating system, showing how to connect the pipes and tighten valves. And then how to re-fill the radiator.

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