It’s imperative to protect your heating systems because they may corrode from the moment of installation. However, you can reduce the corrosion rate by installing a chemical inhibitor or a magnetic filter. Both materials prevent water from mixing with your radiators and removes dangerous debris from inside the heater.
Installing both the inhibitor and the filter after the power flush yields the best results regardless of the boiler’s age. That way, the sludge that is accumulating inside the heating system will not settle at the lower levels of the radiators. This sludge build-up on the ground floor of a building restricts water flow and stops the heating when the water reaches the bottom.
Inhibitors do not prevent corrosion or sludge formation. Instead, it slows down the inevitable, which prolongs the life of your heating system. This chemical disrupts the process that creates magnetite, and the boiler needs constant replenishing of this substance to keep the heating unit working smoothly. The inhibitors are so effective in their role that even boiler manufacturers require their usage to maintain the machine’s warranty.
Corroding ferrous materials produce an iron oxide that often manifests as rust. The sludge that blocks the radiators and pipework contains much rust that settles at the bottom, resulting in the absence of heating at lower levels. Magnetic filters allow water to pass through the pipes by attracting and trapping the sludge before it can enter the boiler. However, while these magnets prevent the sludge from moving around the boiler, they cannot pull the corrosion coming from aluminium, copper, or zinc. This is where the inhibitor comes into play, and the reason both options must be a part of your central heating system.
Chemical inhibitors and magnetic filters can only prevent potential sludge. Unfortunately, it cannot remove the muck that is already present in the heating system. Because of this, only a power flush can remove the accumulated dirt in the radiator, and the installation of both methods will prevent future build-up.
Power flushes blast a considerable volume of water through the boiler at low pressure to create turbulence that whisks the existing sludge before draining from the system. The water flow may change direction at times, and the cleaning company may use chemicals that can melt the unwanted residue as well.
It’s possible to use magnetic filters to attract the sludge passing through the pipes. Regardless of the methods they use, allowing regular maintenance for your central heating system stretches its life span and maintains its efficiency. These initiatives will not only boost your boiler’s performance but will also reduce your maintenance and energy costs.
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