How To Find A Leak In Your Central Heating System

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How To Find A Leak In Your Central Heating SystemIf you notice your central heating system making whooshing or hissing noises or that it loses pressure regularly when it’s turned on, then it’s likely that you have a leak. Leaks in your central heating system make heating your home or work space very difficult and very expensive. Not only that, but those leaks can lead to extensive water damage to your property, which if left untreated could end up being extremely expensive to fix. Here’s how to find a leak in your central heating system.

1st Step

Top the boiler up with water. Then examine how long it takes until the water level reaches a certain level. This will give you a rough idea of the extent of the water leak that you are dealing with. If it is a large leak, it should be easier for you to track down.

2nd Step

Place kitchen paper under the boiler and in the surrounding area. Keep an eye on it for a while to see if any water droplets appear on the paper. The looking up, see if you can trace where the drops are coming from. Inspect the boiler from top to bottom including all of the piped and fittings, especially in areas with T joints.

3rd Step

If you still haven’t found the leak, check your radiators for small leaks as the boiler is not always the cause of central heating system leaks. They can be extremely difficult to pinpoint, so this may take some time. If you can’t find any leaks visually, then try putting kitchen paper under all of the radiators and check them periodically.

If you have followed all three steps but you haven’t come across any leaks, then call AM Leak Detection, we specialise in water mitigation and leak detection. We use specialised equipment to source central heating system leaks with acoustic and infrared thermal imaging technologies. Wherever your leak is, we will find it and we will get your heating system up and running again in no time.