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Newbie needs new vent advice
Hi everyone, thanks for sharing your knowledge, this is a great forum. I plan on buying the book(s) but meanwhile I need to have heat for Christmas. My house is a 2 story brick, built in 1914, gas, with a Slantfin Galaxy boiler with 4 cast iron radiators, one in the front of the house on both floors, one in the back of the house on both floors. Middle of the house has a riser through the bathrooms.
Every year it's the same, perfect heat until the temp drops below 32 and then something goes wrong. We had uneven heat with one end of the house having hot radiators and the other stone cold. I replaced the vents on first one and then all the radiators and that helped for a day or two. The riser in the bathroom in the middle of the house is hot, so I know the heat is there and can rise. I replaced the thermostat, which suddenly died, an old Honeywell dial with the same type. To get heat I have to set it to 85 and that's keeping one end of the top floor comfortable and the rest of the house cold. There is a Dole 9 vent on the return (hope that's the right terminology) in the basement that's the furthest from the boiler. It usually hisses a lot once it gets to 32 outside, but it's been silent, so I am thinking it would help to replace it. I'd like to get it locally rather than wait for a delivery. Someone working on my house already said it was the wrong size, because it was hissing. What should I replace it with? Any other comments/suggestions welcome.