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Thermostatic traps and HIGH heating bill

Ross_7 Member Posts: 577
Failed traps are a enormous waste of energy. Steam trap maintenance is one of the top priorities for a steam system.It's good that you reinsulated the pipes also. What brand of system is it? I use Tunstall capsules for our radiator traps. You should check out their website. www.tunstall-inc.com. Good luck!


  • RonLM
    RonLM Member Posts: 1
    thermostatic traps and HIGH heating bills

    I have a 2 pipe steam system in a 1920 5500 square foot house with VERY high heating bills. I believe the thermostatic traps on the radiators-24 total- are failed in the open position. Would it be cost effective to rebuild these traps to try and lower heating cost. I insulated all the pipes 2 years ago already.
  • Brad White_9
    Brad White_9 Member Posts: 2,440
    Tunstall, Yes.

    Give them a call.

    Nice that you insulated the piping but with open traps, you have left the back flap of your Dr. Denton's open.
  • BAB
    BAB Member Posts: 118
    Traps Traps Traps

    Listen to what the pros have said above. You will have to become an instant expert on replacing the guts (inserts) of all your old traps. After you can state authoritatively that all you traps have been updated, then you can do other system tweaking. However, sounds like trap inserts is all you need. Bromley
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,897
    Absolutely Ron!!!!!!!!

    You have a large residential system that is being hamstrung by bad traps. Find a STEAM pro at Find A Professional (at this site) will get you on the path to fuel recovery. Tunstall always hooks us up and fast! This IS a job for a professional, Ron... Just changing the traps WILL NOT solve all the system's woes. Mad Dog

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  • Dave_4
    Dave_4 Member Posts: 1,405
    thinking the worst???

    Mad Dog,
    What types of other system problems do you think might exist? Rebuilding/replacing the failed traps is part of 'normal' required maintenance... but other things are lurking in your mind I can tell. Maybe the rest of the system is fine...

    The main reason I am asking this is because I plan on diving into that Dunham system soon. I am preparing a piping plan now. I took the Walls's advice and did not attempt making repairs in the winter.
    I am wondering on what basis should he call in a pro at this time.

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