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Help me warm up!

i am in a new apartment and im freezing!

Just looked at the aged radiator, and it seems to have a Vent-Rite valve on the side with a dial numbered 1-8.  Can someone tell me if the 8 is the hottest or the 1 is? And do I need to line up the number with the metal piece of the valve that sticks out away from the radiator itself?  I already have the main radiator knob turned all the way to "open" so i know thats not the problem.

It was set at 4 last night, and i heard it clunk a little, but it never got hot, and tonight it is ice cold.

i know this is a dumb question, but i think my brain is frozen! please help!!

Thank you!


  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,576

    contact your landlord. those settings can only retard, or speed up the arrival of steam from the boiler. unfortunately, that vent can not turn on the boiler. that control must be somewhere else. as you have steam heat, please post on the "strictly steam" area here.

    if your landlord is having steam/boiler problems , we can certainly help.--nbc
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