As the question stated, I have a single radiator whistling and whirring on and off and I am trying to understand the cause, so I can stop it. It is a fairly high pitched whistle/whirr/squealing sound. The sound often increases in frequency and loudness, or decreases, and sometimes goes away altogether albeit for a short time. The change in sound and volume is all occurring as the circulating pump is running, so with the pump on sometimes it whistles, sometimes it does not.

Occasionally some of the other radiators make a little noise of squeal, but nowhere near as badly as this single radiator. The radiator in question has been bled and does not have air. Also, since it is on the lower level of my home, it never really accumulates air at all.

What have I tried? I have tried bleeding that radiator as well as all the other radiators in the house. I have tried banging on the radiator out of anger and frustration. Incidentally, I drained the entire boiler(hydronic) system of water the other day, so that I could install an automatic bleeder valve on a problem radiator upstairs. I had the problem before doing that procedure and I have the problem after. I only mention having done that to say... I have already cleared water from the system and then refilled.

My guess is some sort of turbulence inside the pipe, but I have nothing to substantiate that.



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piping right

  • if you tweak the valve of the radiator does the pitch change? – ratchet freak Nov 21 '16 at 12:12
  • @ratchet freak opening the valve does not affect the pitch or characteristic of the sound at all. Water comes out (no air) and the sound persists – Brian G Nov 21 '16 at 13:14
  • I meant the intake on the radiator. – ratchet freak Nov 21 '16 at 13:16
  • I do not believe the radiators have any intake valves. Feeling underneath it seems as though the piping goes direct into the radiator – Brian G Nov 21 '16 at 13:20
  • Added some photos for context – Brian G Nov 21 '16 at 13:29

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