With the colder months approaching, it is important that your ALDE heating system is protected correctly to avoid it failing just when you need it now it’s cold at night or when you use it for the first time this year.
The ALDE heating system relies on Glycol (Anti Freeze) to function correctly and just like the coolant in your car, if it’s not changed periodically, serious problems can occur. The following information will help you to check if your heating system is okay.
Q. How often should the coolant be changed?
A. Generally speaking, if the antifreeze colour in the expansion tank is BLUE then this should be changed every two years. If it’s a PINK or PURPLE colour then every five years but this is just a rough guide. The changing period is related to how long the corrosion protection in the solution is effective for. After the above time scales, corrosion protection is greatly reduced and the internal workings of the heating system will start to corrode.
Q. How do I know if my service provider has changed the coolant at the correct time intervals?
A. This is not a standard service routine, your service provider would have advised you before, during or after the service (or maybe not if they are not aware) that it is required and an extra charge would have been made.
Q. I have a new caravan so when should the co0olant be changed?
A. UK caravan manufacturers currently supply ‘2 year coolant’ to their sys-tems so if you purchased your caravan in January 2015 or before then a coolant change is due now or over due if a long time before.
Q. Will I have to do this every 2 years?
A. That depends on your service provider and the refreshed antifreeze that they use. CJ Mobile Caravan Services will always replace old coolant with a product that will give your system 5 year protection from corrosion so once done you have no need to worry. This also is a good selling point if you sell or upgrade your caravan.
Q. What will happen if I don’t have the coolant replaced?
A. If the two year / five year period has elapsed, the heating system will start to corrode from within. Pipes become at risk of splitting or begin to de-grade. Pump performance will be effected and in extreme circumstances a boiler tank or heating element failure may occur and can only be remedied by completely replacing those items.
Q. How do I arrange for my system to be checked?
A. Just contact CJ Mobile Caravan Services Ltd through our website or call our office on 02476 444760 or mobile 07982 100 699 and we can help you identify the service needed or offer you general advice.