Have you recently had a central heating leak and it has been quite costly to repair? The most common time for this is when it comes to winter when people are using blankets and heating units to keep warm. If the central heating leak is not caught in time then it can cause a lot of damage not only to your heating unit but also to your home. Before this happens, most people will attempt to do their own central heating leak detection. It can be difficult especially if you live in an older property which is more prone to leaks.
Tips For Central Heating Leak Detection
There is a very simple and easy method for you to try and detect any leaks in your system, it is called a ‘test round’. You need to get a cardboard or a tarp and place it around your central heating system, if there are any holes or gaps in the tarp then they may indicate a leak. For the purpose of this test round I would recommend using an appliance such as a rice cooker or an old coffee pot. Place this pot or mug in front of the central heating unit and if there is a small amount of leakage then you have a leak detection problem. To make sure that this is indeed the case you should plug the pot back in and then leave for a few hours.
If you find that there is a constant leakage on the inside of the pot then there could be many different reasons for it, one of the most likely causes could be the bottom of the pot being sealed by the wall of the central heating unit. One of the ways of detecting a leak is to turn on your central heating and take a look underneath, if you can clearly see that the heating system is holding air then you know that there is a leak. Another way of leaking is from pipes under the central heating system, if you can see a small hole in the pipe then you have a leak. To check the actual type of pipe involved, you can use a locator tool which can help you identify where the pipe is running to.