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Gorton #2s don't work?

Just installed a pair of gorton 2s to replace ventrite 35s. The ventrites made some noise and I could feel the air coming out. The gortons are silent and I can't feel any air. Is this wrong? I dont notice the system heating any faster either.


  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,741
    Vents are meant to work not make noise. The noise is generally because the vent is being overworked. When you have proper venting you shouldn't hear a thing. It has been said on here many times...noise in a steam system is a cry for help. Enjoy the silence. As far as heating times the vents on the mains should only really affect the time it takes the main to fill. You want that main filled as fast as you possibly can, that helps ensure even heating. If your main was really slow to fill before then yes it can effect overall heating time, but primarily you want the mains filled fast to get the heat to all the rads at the same time or as close to the same time as you can.
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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,889
    Take them off, hold them in their usual vertical position and blow into them. You should feel little or no resistance. If you can't blow into them, exchange them. If you can, with little or no resistance, the problem is elsewhere.

    Gorton is very good about taking care of defective product. And, they don't have to do so very often.
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  • Abracadabra
    Abracadabra Member Posts: 1,948
    After testing them by blowing into them right side up, I also like to flip them upside down and blow into them to make sure the needle closes tight against it's seat.