How To Fix a Noisy Radiator

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There’s nothing worse than a noisy radiator in your home. I think we can all agree that disruptive clinking and clanking is not anyone’s preference! There are many reasons a radiator might be making unwanted noise, from age to type of radiator to the quality of your heating appliance. But what can be done? It doesn’t have to be an overcomplicated process. Whether it is trapped water in your column radiator, the intake valve causing the racket or trapped water acting as the cause of the noise, we can help you figure out and solve the noisy problem you are facing within your home. 

Follow this guide and find out how you can fix a noisy radiator and begin enjoying the warmth in your home without the unnecessary racket! 

Try Tilting your Radiator

Tilting your radiator might seem obvious, but this handy, time-efficient, quick fix could well be the answer you’ve been looking for! Any radiator functioning properly should not be perfectly level with the floor. It should tilt slightly towards its intake valve. If positioned in this way, it will allow any condensed water within to flow out of the radiator. This means that if your radiator is beginning to get noisy, you should check whether it is tilted away. This should be easy enough to do, but if you find difficulty doing so, you can use a wooden block to tilt the radiator towards the valve. Five degrees should do the trick, as any more would be too much. 

Ensure Your Radiator is Hot

Although checking if your radiator is tilted is the first step you should take, you may find that this is not the issue. Steam can sometimes condensate within the pipes, with this occurring before it even reaches your radiator. The answer here is to insulate this pipe as much as possible and where it runs up to the boiler. The entire pipe may not need to e insulated, but if you insulate a portion of it, it can help stop unwarranted rattling. If you are unsure how to insulate the pipes in your home, there are many easy-to-follow tutorials online. Alternatively, if you don’t feel confident addressing this issue, you should consult a heating specialist who can help you install insulation within your home. 

It Needs to Vent

The steam vent may also cause radiator noise. To stop noise caused by this, you should close the intake valve so that no steam enters the radiator. Following this, you should remove the steam vent from your radiator and let it sit overnight in a bowl of vinegar. This will allow any calcium deposits directly related to the rattling sound to be dissolved, allowing for a radiator that no longer rattles. 

If this does not work for you, buy a new steam vent altogether, and this should allow your radiator to run optimally, without the racket. 

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