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re: New to Alde Heating (Compact 3000) - After a couple of tips
We've just yesterday got a new (to us) Van, and it has the Alde heating system which I've had absolute minimal previous experience of.
I was after a bit of advice, info, tips if possible.
The Van has been drained down for winter (though, I fully intend to refill it by the weekend), and I suspect that the Alde heating may not have been on for heating purposes in a while due to the summer we've had.
I am just now having a play with the Heating (not hot water, just van heating), and it seems to be taking a long time to heat up. It's a large'ish van (7.5m), outside was 5 degrees when I started investigating, and the inside was about 9 degrees. Some 30 minutes later, the interior temp was 14 degrees.
I have took the cover off to access the header tank, and the fluid feels quite hot when I touch the plastic of the header tank, and the level has raised to about 1cm over the max level (the van is on a bit of a slope which perhaps doesn't help).
How long and to what temp should I expect it to take to heat up at this time of year at the temps noted above?
I have found 4 bleed screws in various positions around the van (thumb type) - I don't want to mess with them just yet till I know there is an issue. But if I did have to open them, should they just be hand tight or nipped up with pliers? (they feel a bit tight to undo by hand at present - if they are stuck, is there an easy way to free them?). Are they opened once at a time, and if so is there any specific order to do them? Is this done with the heating on or off? the pump on or off? would it be too hot to do this after 30 mins of running or should it be left even longer still to open them?
Any other info re this system would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and do any of you know if there is a way to upgrade the analogue slide type control for one of the newer touch screen panels? (I don't think there is officially - but didn't know if there was a "hack" way of doing so.
Thanks in advance