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Radiator Removal

We recently purchased a property in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The home has steam heating, but we are converting to forced air. The home is from either 1915 or 1922, radiators are original. Would like to sell them if possible, but they are still in place. They would need to be removed from the property. Also scrapping the old boiler and piping. Pics show the types in the house, I do not have a count yet.



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  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 8,277
    You'll be sorry... steam is a lot more comfortable than hot air. A LOT more comfortable. If you haven't already ruined things, contact @gerry gill who will get that steam system running just wonderfully, and you will love it.
    Jamie



    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.



    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • 1Matthias1Matthias Member Posts: 56
    Don't do it! Properly balanced and maintained, steam heat is *so* much better than forced air. I've lived with both, and can honestly say that I would never live in another house with forced air again, at least without immediately ripping it out and installing steam or hot water heat. Invest in your own comfort, and restore the existing system, instead of ripping it out and installing an expensive, inferior replacement.
  • FredFred Member Posts: 6,487
    Why would you do that? You will never know the comfort of steam. What a shame.
  • ScottSecorScottSecor Member Posts: 162
    Not sure about your area, but here in NJ you would have to pay a pretty penny to remove the old radiators, boiler and piping. I know we don't discuss pricing here on the wall, but I would guess you are looking at thousands. Not that simple to disconnect and remove 800lb radiators while protecting those shiny floors and detailed molding.
  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Member Posts: 3,483
    Not to mention the expense to properly repair all the holes left by the old piping. That could go way up as well, I am pretty sure people never factor that in or just do garbage repairs. Restoration work like that is never cheap.
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202744301871904.1073741828.1330391881&type=1&l=c34ad6ee78
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 12,118
    That's not just steam, it's VAPOR! More specifically, an "O-E" Vapor system, which I believe was made in or near Cleveland- @gerry gill would know for sure. Vapor was the Cadillac of heating in its day, and is still one of the best, most efficient systems out there.

    If you rip this system out to put in "scorched-error", you WILL regret it. That house will never be comfortable in the winter again.

    If someone told you you have to rip this system out to put in A/C, they are lying, as well as trying to take your money. Look into a mini-duct or mini-split system for your A/C and keep the Vapor.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • brandonfbrandonf Member Posts: 59
    Dude. Call Gerry Gill. Then get a Unico system for A/C. Steam is awesome. Keep it.
  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 4,387
    You will have to punch a lot of holes in the floor to compensate for the size of windows you have. Forced air will barely heat the place without a lot of air flow.
  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Member Posts: 3,483
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/g-w-gill-plumbing-and-heating

    Call Gerry and don't look back!

    7601 First Place, Suite A-2
    Oakwood Village, OH 44146

    https://www.gwgillplumbingandheating.com/

    Gerry Gill
    Email
    Phone 440-252-7120 or 440-439-4417
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202744301871904.1073741828.1330391881&type=1&l=c34ad6ee78
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 8,277
    I think we lost our OP -- "my mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts..."
    Jamie



    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.



    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • FredFred Member Posts: 6,487

    I think we lost our OP -- "my mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts..."

    LOL, I suspect he/she is lurking in the background, probably questioning his decision. I hope he changes his mind for the sake of his family's comfort.
  • delta Tdelta T Member Posts: 612
    What a shame, looks to be in excellent shape (at least what we can see of it).
  • LJPurvisLJPurvis Member Posts: 17
    I could not agree more with EVERY response to this post. We use geothermal and the same type of radiators and we love it. Further, we have a neighbor that had decided to do the same thing you are talking about. They regret it...BIG TIME. They now suffer from higher heating bills with the benefit of having cold spots and hot spots in the house.
    They only removed the radiators because they didn't like the looks of them and now they are very sorry.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 12,118
    Anyone else notice the picture on the original post has been changed?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
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