Updated on 2nd February, 2023 by Martin Astley
A radiator is an essential appliance that not only transfers heat from your boiler but also adds to the aesthetic of your home. Unfortunately, when a radiator begins to make gurgling noises, it can disrupt your peace of mind and indicate a potential issue with your radiator.
If you don’t take the necessary steps to address the problem, the heating flow can be disrupted, leaving you without any warmth. However, panic is unnecessary, as you can quickly resolve the issue.
If you are experiencing gurgling or bubbling noises from your radiator, the following guidelines may help you resolve the problem without having to call a plumber. With a few simple steps, you can restore your radiator to its former glory and ensure that your home remains warm and comfortable.
Why My radiator is making strange Noises
Your radiator produces noises or sounds like running water because air gets trapped in the pipes. As we all know, radiators circulate hot water through pipes, which can sometimes cause air to become trapped, resulting in cold spots and bubbling noises.
Is a Gurgling Radiator Dangerous?
Not necessarily if your radiator is in good condition; unfortunately, the radiator making water noises is a common issue. However, you don’t need to call expert engineers to solve this problem. You can easily take care of the issue with the proper knowledge and tools.
How to remove bubbling noises from the radiator
The tools you need to gather are the following:
- A Radiator Key
- A pair of gloves
- Towel Cloth
After gathering, follow the steps mentioned below, and you might be able to solve the problem yourself.
Bleed the Radiators
Radiator gurgling noises can be a sign that air is trapped inside. To diagnose this issue, feel the radiator when it is turned on. It needs to be bled if the bottom is hot but the top is cold.
Bleeding your radiators is a simple solution that can help expel the air, stop the noise, avoid cold radiator and restore your central heating system to near-silence. To do this, you will need a radiator key. For step-by-step instructions, please refer to our guide on how to bleed a radiator.
If you need to bleed your radiators more often than usual, your central heating and plumbing systems are likely leaking. Get the leakage repaired by an expert. After the leak has been repaired, you should add anti-corrosion inhibitors to prevent the problem from recurring. We have a guide for cleaning your radiators. Make sure you read it.
Increase the Water Pressure
Sometimes, a central heating system may require an additional boost to expel air from the radiators. Ensure your circulation pumps are running, increase the water pressure to approximately two bars, and then bleed the radiator.
Check the Pumping System
Is your pump working correctly? Is the vent on the pump’s suction side? Is your pump speed right, or is it too high? You might not be able to fix a gas boiler pump without the help of a Gas Safe-registered engineer, but you might be able to turn the pump speed down. If the gurgling stops when you turn your pump off, you may have isolated the problem; repairing it could be a trickier task.
Do not attempt to repair your boiler or central heating system if you are unsure of what to do. For example, if a repair involves taking a gas boiler cover off, it is too complicated for a layperson, and you need to get in touch with an engineer.
Still Having Trouble?
Don’t attempt to touch any part of your boiler or central heating system if you’re unsure. Did you know? It’s illegal for anyone to use a gas appliance if they think it’s unsafe. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, as you could worsen things.
Many heating experts in the UK advise homeowners to get boiler and central heating breakdown cover, as insurance will ensure that they won’t be left out in the cold. With this coverage, homeowners can rest assured that any unexpected breakdowns or repairs will be taken care of quickly and efficiently, providing peace of mind and protection from costly repairs.
If you don’t know whom to contact, then call us at 0345 3192 247, and we can help. Our technical team will run through some simple troubleshooting to see if we can solve your problem on the phone. Alternatively, we can schedule one of our friendly and knowledgeable Gas Safe registered engineers to come out and get you back up and running as soon as possible.
247 Home Rescue accepts no liability for any injuries or damages you sustain following the advice on this website. If in doubt, seek professional assistance.