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Why is my radiator hissing?

I've never had a radiator before, all central air for me, but I'm living in an apartment that has them now. All of the radiators in my apartment have been hissing, and pouring out steam from the ...
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Should I insulate steam pipes in the basement?

I have a steam-radiator heating system. The furnace is in the (unfinished) basement, and the steam-carrying steel pipes spread out across the basement ceiling before going up into the rest of the ...
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Why does a single radiator need regular bleeding?

Almost all of the radiators (forced water) in my house heat up fine. However, a single radiator needs regular bleeding (~1/day) in order to heat. Note, this radiator is not at the highest point in the ...
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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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Are radiator reflectors as effective as claimed?

I recently completed a survey to determine the energy efficiency of my home. The results weren't great but got me thinking about the quick and affordable things I could do to improve things and ...
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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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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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How do I repair a small leak in a steam radiator? Could this be a big problem?

One of my steam radiators has a small leak under the bottom. No hole is visible, but water drips out at a rate of a few drops per minute. Various websites suggest applying a 1 mm thick layer of J-B ...
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How do I remove the head off this Giacomini thermostatic radiator valve?

How do I remove the head off this Giacomini thermostatic radiator valve?: Click for larger view I was expecting part of the white bit to twist off easily, to reveal the inner pin on the valve. It ...
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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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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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How can I run plumbing from house to a nearby new office 1.5m away?

I am building a new office next to the house; it is about 1.5m away. I need to run, from the house's upstairs bathroom, 1 hot, 1 cold, and radiator with return (all of which I believe are 28mm to ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How can I replace the bleed plug for my towel rail?

I have a very similar type of radiator as this: However doing a bathroom refit, I have somehow lost the radiator bleed plug which is shown in the picture above. So if I turn the radiator on, 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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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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Are there fans for radiators to improve performance?

I lived all my life with forced air heating and cooling, but my house now has steam radiators. They perform ok, I suppose, but I know from trying that just letting the convection cause the airflow ...
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Why can't I bleed my radiator?

I am living in an apartment in Belgium. My bedroom radiator is basically useless; it's about 1m long but only the left 10cm ever gets warm. I have been told to bleed the radiator by opening the valve ...
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How can I stop my house from waking my wife up every day in the winter?

I'd like to preface this post with the fact that I'm a complete diy amateur. I may say stupid things, or things that make no sense. Please feel free to correct me as I'm always open to learn. So, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can I heat a radiator directly?

I understand the workings of steam and hot water radiators, however there has been a nagging question in my mind about why we first heat water (for steam or hot water) before we heat the radiator. Why ...
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Why is my hot water baseboard heater not heating?

I have classic cast iron radiators in my house and then one "modern" one pictured below. It was installed in the 80s from what I know. It doesn't seem to produce much heat at all. It is properly ...
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How do I bleed baseboard radiators without a bleeder valve?

I recently bought a newly remodeled 1950's era house about two months ago. It has a Weil Mclain fuel oil boiler that provides heat to four different zones (loops) in the house. Each zone has a couple ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I repair a radiator bleed valve that fell out?

I over-tightened the bleed valve on the radiator and it fell out! It seems to look like a screw but I can't seem to get it re-attached, luckily it's locked so not leaking. I can't see well enough to ...
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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 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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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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How can I make the radiator heat my room more efficiently?

In my room at Uni my radiator gets really, really hot, yet the room stays pretty cold. Is there anything I can do to make it more efficient without losing my deposit?
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Can I build storage in front of heaters?

We're in an NYC pre-war apartment building. Under every window, there's a built in radiator: Each has a knob that supposedly shuts the radiator off but it doesn't always work. Meaning you can ...
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Why aren't my radiators heating up?

Two of the eight radiators in my house get only lukewarm. All eight radiators have been bled. The inlet pipes to the two dodgy radiators are red hot so the problem appears to be with the valves. I ...
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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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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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Radiators don't heat up evenly, and am missing an Expansion Vessel. Do I need it?

I have a new Worcester 40CDI Regular Boiler that does not come with a built-in expansion vessel. I just discovered that the installer did not install an external expansion vessel either. For HW, I ...
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Is there a problem in adjusting the radiator setting too often?

I just brought two small Ethernet-type cards, so I could start a project to control the single radiator in my student accommodation over the internet. (#EngineeringStudent) Now, the when I came back ...