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Lukewarm radiator..roasting feed pipe but cold return

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:26 pm Reply with quote

I'm at my wits end with this one.

The newest radiator in my house is a mid sized double rad, downstairs in the living room.

When my Vokera 28 boiler central heating temperature is set mid-way (or 'Auto' as it states) all my rads are nice and warm except my living room one.

The feed pipe, which has the lockshield valve (fully opened) is roasting but the heat is not transferring fully to the rad. The top gets, at best, lukewarm and the bottom stays cold.

The return pipe, which has a trv fitted on it (fully functional, pin ok and flow indicator set in the right direction).

When I turn the temperature to maximum at my boiler, the rad does heat up a good deal more but it is only at the top. The return pipe remains as cold.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:25 pm Reply with quote

turn every other rad off in the house. does it get hot?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:51 pm Reply with quote

Sounds like a blockage around the valve area.
Why not bleed the radiator with one of the valves open and one closed.
Then repeat after closing open valve and opening closed valve.
If in one of the above situations bleeding can't take place, it proves you have blockage and indicates which pipe is blocked.
Or remove radiator and run bucketful of water from each valve to check flow and remove any 'air lock' that may be preventing flow.
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