Radiators "leak" if not maintained regularly

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Central heating / Photo: Free Press Archive

Dozens of buildings are disconnected from the central heating system every day due to a defect in the indoor installation. Most often it is a leak from the radiators or problems with the substation, defects whose removal is the responsibility of homeowners and tenant communities. "Balkan Energy Group" says that the defects occur regardless of whether it is an old or new building, ie that they can occur in any building that is connected to the central heating system in which the heating installation is not maintained.

Timely and regular maintenance of the indoor heating installation can significantly reduce the risk of malfunction. In that direction, regular inspection of the internal heating installation is necessary. According to the legal provisions, the consumers are responsible for the maintenance of the internal heating installation. Consumers take care of the functionality and correctness of the internal heating installation independently or by hiring companies or professionals who deal with maintenance of heating systems - explained by BEG.

The radiators in the apartments should be checked regularly, and after a certain number of years, they should be replaced. BEG claims that their durability depends primarily on the maintenance conditions.

If the consumer maintains the technical and functional correctness of the heating installation, it can last a minimum of 10 years, depending on the manufacturer, as well as the maintenance conditions - emphasize "Balkan Energy".

It often happens that in the collective buildings where there are many apartments, the tenants are left without heating for days, because the owner of the apartment where the defect occurred is not in a hurry to remove it, most often because he does not live in it. In such a case, the obligation to solve the problem lies with the Association of Tenants, because in collective buildings, certain rules of cohabitation apply.

According to the Law on Housing, the maintenance of the internal heating installation is an obligation of the consumers. If a user has a leak and cannot be insulated, the heating station should be closed and the water drained from the installation to prevent further damage. Indoor installation is common to all or part of the consumers (where there are multiple heating stations) in one building. The radiators are connected through a system of pipelines to the heating station and that is why when it is closed, no consumer has heating - say from BEG.

They add that if the Association of Tenants provides access, it can request technical assistance from "My Service" in BEG, which offers services and solving problems with the internal heating installation. Of course, the citizens can turn to other services that work to eliminate such defects.

If a building is disconnected from the heating system for a long period, the consumers who pay for the heating in 12 installments will not receive lower bills next month, but the bills will be settled in May, June and July next year in accordance with the difference from the advanced and the amount actually spent.

Collective residential buildings in the heating station have a device for measuring the consumed thermal energy (calorimeter) where the consumption of thermal energy is registered. When the system is switched off, no energy is registered on the meter. Consumers where invoicing is done in 12 monthly invoices, receive advance invoices for the period from August to April next year. For the months of May, June and July 2021, these consumers will receive invoices in which a settlement has been made (settlement invoices) - say from BEG.

The amount of settlement invoices is different for each building and depends on the characteristics and energy efficiency of the building being heated and the amount of delivered thermal energy registered on the meter.



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