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burning through oil and not producing enough heat!
My husband and I purchased a house built in 1900 3 years ago. We have always had some issue with the steam radiators not completely heating up but, this year seems to be the worse. I noticed I can sometimes smell oil in the basement when the furnace is running. I have a guy coming to clean the furnance this week. I also just got the oil tank filled 2 weeks ago and have already used 1/4 of the tank keeping my house at 63 degrees! We inspected the radiators to see what was going on. We noticed that almost all of the radiators only feel hot on the first couple loops and the rest is staying cold. We read that they need to be pitched right and some are a little off which we plan on fixing and we have also been reading up on the air vents posibly being stuck which we are planning on replacing on all of them. There seems to be adjustable ones or different sizes ones to buy? How do you choose? I read the piping should be insulated. I checked last night and there is no isulation on any of the pipes. We have 4 larger radiators downstairs and 2 smaller ones upstairs. I only hear a quiet hiss from one of the upstairs one and I hear a quiet banging noise from one of the downstairs ones. I have seen a lot of things talking about pressure being 2 psi or below. I looked at the furnace and it seems to be set at 2. I'm hoping the furnance cleaner coming can help us out or someone on here. We are going to be paying a lot of money on oil this year without being warm if we can't correct this! What are the steps to take on correcting this or how do you pinpoint the exact problem with out having a good knowledge of a steam heating system? Thanks for any help!