Before I go and do this I thought I'd ask here. My pump seems to be making
a bit of a racket whilst the system is warming up - the noise gets less once
the house is warm.
The pump is running at it's slowest speed. Is it safe to crack it up to 2
or 3 to see if that gets rid of the noise or am I likely to get burst pipes
or rads with the increased water flow.
Sorry for what looks like a completely basic question.
If that were the case, I would move out quick! Seriously, the pump speed
will have no effect whatsoever on the pipes or radiators. The variable speed
is there so you can set the pump to be as quiet and understretched as
possible, while still doing the job.
OTOH if the pump is getting knackered and noisy, increasing the speed is
likely to make the effects worse rather than better.
So- try any speed you like, but you may be in for a new pump.
(anti-spam is as easy as 1-2-3 - not)
You won't burst any pipes etc, as the actual pressure the pump provides is
But if you have an open system - the type with a non sealed header tank
somewhere - make sure there's no hot water or steam coming out of the
expansion pipe when the pump is running with the system fully hot. This is
known as pumping over, and will introduce air to the system which will
cause corrosion and even more noise.
Also, is there corrosion inhibitor (Fernox etc) in the system? This can
lower noise generally as well as protecting it.
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Have you tried bleeding the air out of the system. Start at the highest
radiator and work your way down to the lowest. Remember to check for
bleeder valves around the boiler pipework as well.
If the sound is a slight hammering or ticking noise, then it could just be
the pipework heating up and expanding.
I've just discovered a problem. No make that multiple problems. On my
CH pump circuit. I need assistance right now ;)
Good bit of marketing though - using rather beautiful young ladies in
the ad - you'd never connect them with "pumping" though would you? ;)
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