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Old 09-24-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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this morning i woke up with the sound of water gigling in my radiators.
sounds like air in the hot water system.
what would you recommend, how to release pressure?


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You need some pressure in the system to expel extraneous air with. Let more water into the system to raise the pressure. There should be a pressure tank somewhere in the system to maintain the desired pressure with, and a gauge so you can see what the pressure is.

You will need to find out the proper working pressure, although you can use ten psi as a starting point if you are unsure and the pressure is not already higher than that.

Use the air valves (if any) at the various radiators to let extraneous air out. For standing radiators you should be able to let a good quantity of air out. Each time you get a lot of air out, go back to the boiler and see that the pressure is still at least 10 PSI (or almost what you started with), adding more water if needed.

With baseboard radiators you may only get a small amount of air out before water starts coming out (close the air valve immediately). Then you would have to come back the next day and try again until enough air is remove that the amount of gurgling is reduced.

You don't have to get every last bit of air out. Only if there is a lot of air in the radiator the amount of heated water coming through will be less and it will take much longer to heat up the room.

Do not exceed 25 PSI unless your system was meant to run at a higher pressure. Erratic pressure increase as you add water means the pressure tank needs to be recalibrated which for a heating system I don't know how. Stop bleeding air until this is done.


The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.

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