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Do radiator covers harm heating efficiency?

I am considering radiator covers, maybe wood slats with a foil back that will prevent towards-wall radiation. How much will this harm the heating efficiency of the radiators?
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What is the recommended power and connection height for a “design” radiator in a bathroom?

I need to provide the builder of my new house the height from floor of the water connections for the radiator of my bathroom. Right now I have a 1800 x 3100 mm bathroom with a "design radiator" (the ...
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I lowered the pressure on my boiler and it flooded

We have single-pipe steam in our four unit building. We installed Danfoss RA 2000 valves in 3 of the 4 apartments but they seemed not to work too well and also tended to spit water from the air valves....
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Is 68F too low for hot water heating thermostat? Final radiators not getting heat

I have a hot water heating system. It's a single loop in a ranch home. The ground floor is about 1500 square feet. When the oil furnace turns on, the first few radiators in the loop get warm, but the ...
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Is there a tool that can clean the fins of a base board heater?

I have baseboard radiators in a new home (built in the 50s) and the fins are filled with lint. Vacuuming isn't pulling the stuff out. Is there a tool that can help with this? Thanks
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What options exist for replacing or upgrading heater radiators?

I've got a hot water heating system in my home. Some rooms have baseboard radiators (recent ones), then other rooms have old radiator faces like this: The heat isn't coming up so well in some of ...
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How do I open this radiator TRV valve?

The radiator is cold at the bottom and I suspect that the pin is stuck. I bled the radiator and there was no sludge.
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How can I have the water running to increase pressure on my boiler?

I have just perform a radiator bleeding following youtube video but the pressure dropped to zero in my boiling system vaillant ecotec pro, have a permanent red light in addition to the normal green, ...
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Where to place a radiator under a window seat?

I have a bay window in which I want to build a window seat like this: However, a radiator is currently attached to the wall underneath the windows, with a radiator cover (the typical board with ...
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Rapid loud tapping in wall adjacent to radiator- when tenant above adjusts

Hello and thank you for your reply. I have a very loud and at times rapid tapping noise in the wall. The apt building is 2 stories high, I am located on the bottom floor (end of the plumbing line). ...
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Why can't my radiator heat up my bedroom?

My living room, 3.3m x 4.4m, is easily heated up by a double panel, double fin radiator. My bedroom on the otherhand (2.7m x 3.9m) struggles to be heated by double panel, single fin radiator. It ...
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I have a combi boiler and since yesterday the radiators are getting really hot even when thermostat is turned right down

Radiators getting hot even when thermostat is turned right down. Its a Worcester combined boiler
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My eq-3 Bluetooth Radiator Thermostat CC-RT-BLE is just showing “UPD”. How can I “unbrick” it?

The thermostat just shows "UPD" and there is no way to return to the operating mode. How can I complete the update when I didn't pair the device before or deleted the device from the app?
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What causes the noise coming from this radiator valve?

There's a hot water wall-hung radiator in my kitchen that produces a constant ticking noise when water is flowing. The noise is coming from the valve area, removing the thermostat does not influence ...
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What wire should be used for modern thermostat

I may (or may not) be pulling new wires to support current-generation thermostats.... Upgrading the thermostats themselves seems a good time to upgrade the wire too, though I think I could get by on ...
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Loud buzzing from hydronic gas boiler

I have a 105K BTU Raypak radiator boiler, similar to this one but a slightly older model (I guess mine is about 15 years old). The boiler heats and pumps hot water to 8 radiators throughout the house. ...
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What is the difference between EU and US radiators?

I have a single-zone hot water radiator system and I was looking to balance out differences in room temperatures without going so far as to install another zone at the boiler. While there are ...
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single radiator whistling and whirring on and off (hot water system)

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. ...
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Gas combi boiler raditator flushing to clear dirt

When I flushed my radiator, I have noticed that there is lots of sludge in the water. In order to remove the sludge from the heating system, I would like to Turn off the Worcester gas boiler Open ...
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Should an auxiliary circulation pump be installed on the supply or the return?

I'm adding a new 007 Circulator Pump for closed loop system. Problem is that one of the radiators on a third floor does not heat- tried purging air (it's a new added radiator). It gets hot when I ...
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Can I use my old radiator valves when replacing the radiator itself?

One of my Stelrad K1 radiators has died (corroded enough that there is a hole into it, and it's full of sludge and rust) so I'm going to replace it. It's a standard model, so should be a straight swap ...
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How to clean gray paint from copper pipe for push-in fitting?

I currently have old radiators and connected 1/2" copper pipes that were painted in grey color long time ago (assuming when heating was put in place). One pipe has developed a leak and need to replace ...
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Right way to disassemble radiator piping?

I have an old house with a radiator system, and am needing to take a radiator out. While some of the radiators in my house have nuts on both ends of the radiator, making it easy to remove, this one ...
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How should I attach a slab of soapstone to iron shelf brackets?

I have a 1'×3' slab of soapstone that I'm placing on top of my radiator, creating a shelf: The radiator bears most of the weight, but the stone isn't stable on top of the radiator (the individual ...
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Leaking Steam Radiator Pipe?

Just noticed a brown stain on my dinning room ceiling. It's almost directly above a cast iron radiator on the second floor. I know the water in the system gets iron deposits which must be why it's ...
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Banging pipes/radiator

I just moved into a new apartment and the steam heating is driving me insane. There are three kinds of noise: banging pipes when the heat comes on (seems to be coming from the floor/walls); hissing ...
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How do I remove this radiator cover?

I'm currently in the process of decorating and making my new home look nice and a big thing that is bothering me is the dust from inside the radiator vent, there is a lot! The radiator cover is ...
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Chromalux Electric Boiler Replacement for Radiator System

I have an old chromalux electric heater heating my radiant heaters. Would it be more cost effective to replace it with a gas fired boiler? - and would I have to replace the rads or just tie into them?
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What is the impact of a backwards connected hot water radiator?

When building a hot water heating system the plumber has connected one of the hot water radiators backwards, i.e., the loop comes in at the bottom of the radiator and leaves the radiator on the other ...
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Electric panel radiator won't turn on but it is warm where the gauge is

I have bought this house from 78 and it has nobö electric panel radiators 400V. I tried to turn them on for the first time but they won't turn on. The interesting thing is they are a bit warm where ...
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Need to purge air from every radiatior?

I have a gas fired hot water central heating system. Water is circulated by two zone pumps at the furnace. There is an automatic fill valve. I recently had work done on the heating system, and the ...
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Boiler Resevoir Slow Leak

I'm a new home owner. My house is heated with steam radiators attached to an oil fed boiler. The boiler is getting close to retirement. One concern I have is that I need to drain water from the ...
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What is the purpose of the valve between these two pipes?

I saw an interesting arrangement of pipes and valves in a house I visited. These are hot water pipes, the two vertical pipes connect to a radiator. What is the purpose of the valve between the two ...
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Refurbishing badly painted, rusty radiator

I'm trying to refurbish a radiator which is in pretty poor shape. The paint was all cracked and yellowing, and having sanded it, there's rust patches underneath. It's been painted badly in the past ...
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Is this Radiator handle/valve a replaceable part? Do I need to drain the system first?

Perhaps a stupid question... The ON / OFF valve on one of my 1900s radiators does not turn. Pictures below. The radiator is in a permanent "hot" state. Is the "valve" (handle and "small nut") ...
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Should I leave water in my galvanized radiator pipes when permanently removing boiler?

I have switched to using a ductless heat pump for heating and am planning on removing my gas boiler but leaving the hot water baseboard radiators and 65-year-old galvanized pipes (in the crawlspace). ...
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Prewarming for tankless waterheater

I have a tankless water heater that is just a little bit to small for our new house - the temperature rise isn't quite enough for the winter months. Our basement is big and relatively warm so I struck ...
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Second floor radiators only heat with all other radiators off

I have 2 rads on the second floor that will get hot water flow only when I stop all flow to the other rads on the system. Even then, the flow is very low. I have had this system for 10 years and ...
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Would upgrading hot water radiator heating result in much better efficiency?

My wife and I are thinking about buying a funky old house where we live, in southern Ontario, and trying to prioritize upgrades. There's a lot of knob and tube to replace -- top priority -- and some ...
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The hot water is working but the radiators will not heat up!

We have a Utica Boiler model number SFH4150WT and we are receiving hot water but the radiators do not heat up!!. We tried bleeding the radiators, they only heated up a little bit but after about 5 min ...
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Why are certain radiators hot during the night when the thermostat is very low?

We have a gas central heating system and we have set the thermostat to come on at different temperatures during the day. Generally between 7.00 and 22.00 it is set between 19 to 22 centigrade. From 22....
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Fitting a thermostatic valve onto a towel rail

I've got a towel rail in my bathroom that is heated from my combi boiler. I'd like to fit a TRV to the towel rail. Is there any reason why I shouldn't do that? Should I buy a specific type of TRV, or ...
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Are large radiators supposed to be colder?

I have a radiator in my room which is downstairs. It is a large radiators, almost 2 meters across. It is 10 degrees colder than the other radiators in the house (mine is 37 others are 47, tested with ...
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Changing radiators to radiant wall heating

In my bedroom/study I have only a radiator as heating. The problem is that the water flow is controlled by the thermostat in the living. This means that around wintertime my room has a big change in ...
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Is their a Radiator Safe expanding Foam?

So I live in an apartment building and I have a Bug problem, go figure. I have had my place sprayed repeatedly to try and get rid of them, but within a few weeks they're always back, worse than when ...
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What could be causing the humming sound in my hot water radiator?

The cold weather is here and yet again I have the same problem: humming radiators. I have done a lot of web searching and forum reading and not found any solution. The system is an oil burning ...
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Why is the gas water heater pressure valve leaking after installing recirculation pump & old radiator?

Kind of a complex situation. Using gas water heater as a boiler for an old cast iron radiator. In addition we added a recirculation pump. Everything was working fine but then we had leaking from water ...
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Why is one radiator TRV in the house missing the control?

My house had a new gas central heating system fitted, with new radiators, before I moved in. One radiator (in the tiny downstairs WC) is missing the control knob for the TRV, and is set to the highest ...
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Insulated radiator foil

I'm concerned that the insulation/ cardboard foil that's behind my recessed radiator is asbestos. My house was built in 1960. Does anyone know if they made that stuff with asbestos? Before purchasing ...
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Old recessed radiators with reflector foil

I just bought a home built in 1960. It has old recessed radiators. I've noticed that behind the radiators is some sort of reflector foil which I'm guessing is backed with insulation. Should I replace ...