Aladdin self-bleeding radiator valves

Hello,
Has anyone had any experience of these?
I've a vertical one in my towel radiator. It's the highest rad. in the
system so it collects all the air. The valve will not self-bleed nor
will it bleed manually but if I unscrew it with a spanner it bleeds
then ;)
I've got a few horizontal ones in other rads. they fit new rads
perfectly but it's a struggle to get them all the way into old rads
and I have been scared to force them. Am I best leaving them half
sticking out? They are watertight. It's just they don't look very
pretty like this.
Thanks.
Reply to
Fred
Why does the highest rad collect *all* the air, if that's really true (not in my system)? What happens to air that rises to the top of another radiator, how does it move to the highest rad?
MBQ
Reply to
manatbandq
It is often the case, IME, that there is one radiator (very often one of the highest) that collects the bulk of the air after refilling.
Obviously air that has found its way to another radiator stays put.
When you think about how the pipe work is arranged very often the T joints from 22 to 15 are such that the 15 emerges from the side or underneath the 22 pipe, not always but often. Tat may explain why air does collect in all the rads.
Reply to
Ed Sirett
Perhaps when the system was refilled they all collected air to some extent but at the moment this one is the only one with a problem. I'm not sure why it's getting air in as it's some months since we refilled.
I do think it being the highest radiator contributes in some way: water finding its own level and all that.
I have the Aladdin valves on the other rads and so if I am getting air in those other rads these valves are venting it automatically without me knowing. It's just this one particular valve that isn't working.
Reply to
Fred
Imagine air travelling along in a pipe as a bubble - it could end up in almost any radiator as the flow would carry it.
Reply to
John
Exactly. And once trapped at the top of a rad, it doesn't magically re- dissolve and move to another does it? So why the perpetuated myth that it'a always the highest rad will collect air?
MBQ
Reply to
manatbandq

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