All except one radiator are working fine. The one that stays cold is in the room with the thermostat, so the system keeps running more than it should.

I tried bleeding it and just water came out. I let it bleed for some time and the pipe which comes down from the ceiling did slowly warm up, but the radiator never got warm the next day the pipe was cold again. The pump was replaced a year or 2 ago and seems to be working fine.

It worked last year. Could there be some sort of blockage? If so, what can I do about it? We are in a hard water area.

2 Answers 2


You may have a air lock in your pipes.

Turn of all other radiator, and see if your pump is powerful enough to get water into the cold radiator. If this works, then you need to bleed it again.

  • That got it to warm up. I'm hoping that has cleared it. Thanks
    – steevc
    Dec 3, 2010 at 15:54
  • @Steevc in our current place we had to do it 2 or 3 times but it is now all working OK for us.
    – Walker
    Dec 5, 2010 at 18:46
  • It was cool the next day. I'm repeating the process. Didn't seem to be any air in there.
    – steevc
    Dec 5, 2010 at 19:00
  • @Steevc, if the pipe is longer to that radiator then the test you may need to "balance" the system by part closing down the "lock shield" values the radiators that are get hot quickest.
    – Walker
    Dec 6, 2010 at 14:58

Is you expansion tank full? This same thing happened to me a few years back, and I had to have the expansion tank drained because it was "saturated" and wouldn't allow any more water into the tank.

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