Why are my radiators warm upstairs but not downstairs?

Radiators Are Hot Upstairs, but Cold Downstairs Cause: This is most likely caused by a problem with your central heating pump and can often happen when your heating has been switched off for a few months (e.g. over summer).

Why do some of my radiators not heat up?

Check for Trapped Air and Bleed Your Radiators If just one (or a few) of your radiators aren’t heating up, the most common reason for this is trapped air. If you’ve just turned the heating back on after the summer, air can become trapped in your radiators, causing them to be warm at the bottom but cold at the top.

Why do some radiators work and not others?

Balance Your Radiators If multiple radiators in your home aren’t working, you may need to ‘balance’ the system. Unbalanced radiators won’t heat up at the same time, so if you have some radiators which are very warm and others which are cold, this could be the issue.

Why is my house warm downstairs but cold upstairs?

Blame physics: hot air rises while cold air sinks. That means your upstairs typically gets hotter than your lower levels, even if your air conditioner’s working in overdrive. Your roof’s hot, too: Unless you have shady tree cover, your roof absorbs a ton of heat from the sun.

How do you balance upstairs and downstairs radiators?

Balancing radiators: How to balance the radiators

  1. Bleed the radiators.
  2. Fully open all lockshields and thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) and turn the central heating on.
  3. After 20 minutes, feel each radiator.
  4. Check all radiators again.
  5. Repeat the process until all radiators feel the same temperature.

Why are my downstairs radiators cold at the bottom?

If your radiators are cold at the bottom but hot at the top, this means the flow of hot water is being restricted or redirected; this is usually caused by a build-up of sludge. This means the hot water is not reaching the whole of the radiator while the central heating is on, leaving it cold at the bottom.

Why do all my radiators work except one?

It is likely that the radiator that isn’t heating up properly has trapped air inside it, leading to cold spots. You can bleed the radiator to release trapped air, following the steps listed in our guide on how to bleed a radiator.