A chemical flush is a powerful process that can have an amazing impact on the effectiveness of a central heating system.
Using powerful chemicals, an engineer will flush the heating system to remove stubborn dirt and debris in a matter of hours. When the debris has been safely removed, the heating system can be turned back on – and customers are often amazed by the results.
The cost of performing a chemical flush on a heating system varies considerably depending on the complexity of the system and the difficulty of the job, but in this article, we’ll guide you through some of the key things you need to know about chemical flushes.
If you’re interested in finding out more, don’t hesitate to contact our team, and we’ll be with you as soon as we can.
What is a Chemical Flush?
A chemical flush is a method of cleaning a heating system. This thorough process uses a number of strong chemicals, which are designed to move through the heating system, shifting any dirt or debris that might have accumulated within it.
Once the chemicals have done their job, debris can be easily removed, and the inside of the heating system should be as good as new.
There are many benefits to performing a chemical flush. Not only does it give the heating system a good clean, but it can also prolong the life of costly parts and help you avoid the kind of faults that might incur expensive repair bills.
Do I Need a Chemical Flush?
We recommend cleaning your heating system with a chemical flush approximately every five years. It’s not something you need to do very regularly, but it is worth looking into if you know it hasn’t been done for a long time.
There are a few telltale signs that might indicate your heating system could benefit from a chemical flush, too. Look out for cold patches on your radiators, as these may well mean that a buildup of debris is stopping hot water from circulating as it should.
If your heating system seems ineffective, or rooms are taking much longer to warm up than they used to, then this, too, could indicate the need for a chemical flush. Strange noises coming from your boiler could also mean it would benefit from a chemical flush.
How Long Does it Take?
A chemical flush isn’t the quickest job, but it is something that can usually be done within a day – so you won’t face huge inconvenience if you do find that you need a chemical flush.
Typically chemical flushes take between five and 10 hours to complete. The exact amount of time your engineer needs to complete a thorough chemical flush will depend on a few different factors, like the size and complexity of your heating system and how long it’s been since it was last cleaned.
Chemical Flush Vs Power Flush
A chemical flush is similar to another maintenance task that our engineers commonly undertake, and that’s known as the power flush.
Both processes are designed to clean a heating system and improve its effectiveness, but they work in slightly different ways.
As we’ve discussed, a chemical flush uses powerful chemicals to shift any rust and dirt that might have become stuck in the heating system. Once these particles have been broken down, they are easier to remove from within the system.
A gas safe engineer will flush chemicals through the system, before getting it back up and running.
A power flush is a similar process to a chemical flush, and like a chemical flush it must only be undertaken by a fully qualified engineer. Instead of chemicals, a power flush uses pressure to move water through the heating system quickly.
Often this is enough to remove dirt and other debris, but if it isn’t, then chemicals can be used to dislodge the most stubborn debris.
Chemical Flush Central Heating System Cost
The cost of a chemical flush varies considerably and will be affected by a number of different factors.
When determining the cost of a chemical flush, an engineer will consider the size of the heating system, how complicated it is, and how long they expect the job to take. Other factors, such as reported concerns like ineffective radiators or cold spots in the home, will also be taken into account.
After investigating the issue and determining whether or not a chemical flush would be of benefit, one of our gas safe engineers will provide you with a full quote and an estimate of how long they expect the job to take. If you’re happy to go ahead, it’s then just a case of booking at a convenient time with your engineer.
Can You Perform a Chemical Flush Without a Professional?
A chemical flush is always best left to the professionals. A poorly executed chemical flush could cause irreparable damage to a heating system, and in a worst-case scenario, it might even leave it unsafe to use.
Like all boiler-related tasks, a chemical flush should only be undertaken by a gas safe engineer who really knows what they’re doing.
Get Advice on Chemical Flush Cost
Our fully qualified engineers know all there is to know about boiler chemical flushes, and they’ll be able to tell you whether your system would benefit from one and how long it might take.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can improve the effectiveness of your heating system with regular maintenance like this, get in touch with our team. We’ll arrange a time to visit your property, where we’ll quickly be able to tell you whether or not a chemical flush might make a difference to your heating system.
Our engineers will talk you through the cost of a boiler chemical flush and anything else you might need to know before arranging a convenient time to get the job done.
Get in touch, and we’ll do the rest.