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Can I use a spray sealant to seal a leak in my radiator?

one of my steam radiators has a leak on the bottom, away from the valve (has been checked, my husband has changed out the valve). can I use a spray sealant to seal this leak? (like FlexSeal)
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Steam Baseboard vs. Steam Radiator

We currently have a single pipe steam heat system. We've had a couple of plumbers in to give us estimates on recessing our exposed radiators. Neither of them seemed thrilled with the idea and one ...
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Why is it taking so long for my house to heat up with no quality to the heat generated? [duplicate]

I'm in the UK. I have a small modern, well insulated and double glazed semi detached home which is heated with a traditional gas boiler feeding radiators and a hot water system. The heating had ...
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How can I stop my radiators “clicking” when they're turned on or off?

I have a central heating system on a timer, and whenever the timer turns on or off, for around ten / fifteen minutes, some of the radiators in my home make regular clicking noises, kinda ...
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What to look for in a new water radiator?

The water radiators I have under each window are 50 years old, and I would like some new ones. They measure HxLxD 50x100x20 cm. The new ones I would like should be as thin as possible. I live in an ...
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Do home radiators waste water?

I received my second quarterly water bill and cannot believe it says I'm using 49,000 gallons of water each quarter. That's over 500 gals per day! So I started thinking about average water usage per ...
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How tight should a Maid-o-Mist steam valve adjustment screw be?

I have a single pipe steam heat system with radiators. To use this system I use the Maid-o-Mist brand valves. These valves come in different sizes. The website provides a nice diagram about what ...
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How can I stop heat loss due to an uninsulated porch?

I have an enclosed porch with very little insulation, it is typically very cold in the winter. However, there is a radiator in the enclosed porch. I have a gas boiler heating system in the house. ...
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need feedback on radiator heating systems and carbon monoxide

I live in an old apartment with radiators for heat, The gas boiler is down two levels in the basement. oddly enough there are no cold air returns...is this correct? Our carbon monoxide alarm ...
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Is there a way to make a thermostat based heating system more accurate through either adding probes or hacking?

In my Brooklyn apartment, heated via steam radiator, my thermostat is in the unheated hallway between all the rooms. The temperature it reads is often different, than both the rooms with heaters and ...
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Why isn't water running through our radiators?

We had a plumber in today to bleed our rads. He also changed the batteries on the thermostat and fiddled around with the boiler. Since he left the temperature has dropped dramatically and he's refused ...
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How to remove radiator pipe and value?

We just had central air installed and the contractor removed the radiators. However, the pipe and valves are left over sticking out of the floor upstairs. I tried using a plumber's wrench to at ...
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How do I unstick a radiator valve?

Having moved house, we find one particular radiator doesn't heat up, despite the pipes that lead to it getting hot. One of the valves must be stuck, and I've worked out which one by feeling the pipes ...
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What could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

when only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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Is this radiator too small?

We have steam heat in our 1930s-era home and one of the bedrooms is much colder than the other two. Here is a picture of the radiator in the cold room: The room is 12'x12'x8'. This radiator is ...
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What type of paint and how many coats should be used to paint a radiator?

We've moved into a new house with a fairly incompatible sense of interior design. To illustrate one room in particular, the walls are orange, the floor to ceiling shelves are orange, the fireplace ...
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Why would a newly installed radiator only heat when on constant bleed?

We have changed a gas central heating radiator. It is the last radiator in the circuit. It will not communicate with the boiler and only brings hot water into the pipe leading to the thermostat when ...
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Why does my radiator leak if it's not fully opened or closed?

I have a hot water (or steam?) radiator that leaks water unless it's completely open or closed. The side has a valve that can be turned to open or shut the connecting pipe. The other side has a steam ...
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What is correct way for radiator plumbing/connection in multi-story flat

We have some problems with central heating in our multi-flat house and I would like to understand something. Some flats have old-style radiators, and almost every flat has different way to connect to ...
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How can I get my third floor radiators working?

I have two radiators upstairs. One is slightly warm, and the other is not warm at all, leaving the room very cold. When I tried to bleed the radiators in the house, all of them released water and ...
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How can I stop the boiler from heating the radiators when only hot water is wanted?

I have Baxi Boiler (model unknown at this precise moment in time) which British Gas have fixed up to a seperate control panel (see image - not our actual panel, image from Google!). The problem is ...
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When bleeding radiator why does the same amount of water go out through the overflow?

I have a really old central heating system. It was working fine until a plumber bled the whole system to replace a radiator. Since then we have had to replace the pump and the system doesn't seem to ...
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How to design a radiator cover for good heat distribution?

I want to replace some battered, ugly radiator covers in my 1910 home. I have read that to function effectively, a radiator cover needs openings at the front top and bottom, so that natural ...
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Where can I find central heating system with radiators?

Coming from Europe, I am used to radiator heating systems and thinking about putting one into a fixer-upper house I intend to buy. Where can I find such a system in the North-American market?
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Does adding metal plate/foil behind radiators increases their heat distribution?

There is this theory that if you put a metallic foil behind radiators, will make them distribute heat better in the house rather than heating the wall next to them. Is this true, are there any ...
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Seebeck generator to run a fan on a radiator

I asked in this question if there was a heat powered fan for residential steam rads, to increase air flow over them since natural flow is pretty weak. Alas, looks like some wood stoves can use such a ...
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How to balance thermostat settings between zones to maximize efficiency?

I recently purchased a house so this is my first winter in it. The house was built in 1939 so most of the house is on a single heating zone using hot water radiated heat. The radiators are cast iron ...
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Why are my radiators not heating up?

The boiler is on; the pipe near the boiler is hot, but the pipes furthest away are cold. What does that mean, and how can I fix it?
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Why would only half a radiator heat up?

I'm having some trouble with a radiator. It doesn't bleed well, often not letting either air or water come out of the valve. And sometimes, only half of the radiator will be hot (well, warm). I was ...
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How do I fix radiators that come on at different times?

We have radiators in all rooms but the ones in the bathrooms come on at different times to the rest of the house. This is particularly annoying when getting up at 6am and stepping into a freezing ...
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Why isn't water coming out of a radiator in my freshly pressurized system?

I live in an old Victorian with three stories, plus a basement and an attic. I tried to bleed the radiators in preparation for turning the heat on, but was unable to get any water out of the radiators ...
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Why are steam radiators used in the USA?

In the UK, we use water radiator systems when the boiler heats the water to about 70°C, this allows the boiler to get most of the energy out of the gas (or oil) by condensing the steam you get ...
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Understanding my radiator

I'm in my first apartment and it's a bit colder than I'd like it. Can I tweak the settings on my radiator so that it's warmer? I'm motivated to learn more about my radiator and it's hard to find ...
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Combination boiler pressure zero after heating

I generally don't notice a performance problem with the boiler, but after I run the heat to the radiators and turn the boiler off, after cooling down the the pressure gauge shows zero. I can easily ...
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Why is my radiator not getting hot water or have air in it?

All except one radiator are working fine. The one that stays cold is in the room with the thermostat, so the system keeps running more than it should. I tried bleeding it and just water came out. I ...
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Radiators need bleeding regularly (at least once a fortnight) - why?

Last winter, our radiators regularly lost their heat and consequently needed bleeding frequently. I couldn't see any obvious leak. What could be causing this and what should I check for?
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How to drain a baseboard radiator system for a repair? How to refill the system?

I have a leak in the second zone in my baseboard radiator system. When installing some drywall in the room the previous owners nicked the copper pipe with a drywall screw, and it appears to have ...