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Steam Radiator Not Getting Hot
My steam radiators work great throughout the house except for one. It makes clanking noises like it’s filling, but only about the first quarter of the register gets warm. The pipe leading from the basement gets hot. Thinking it was air trapped inside, I installed a new valve on the side to clear it. I can hear air escaping for about 10-15 minutes and as that happens, the rest of the register gets hot. It reaches the end, then steam escapes the vent. After the furnace turns off, the register goes cold again and the process starts over. The only thing I can think of is that the handle that adjusts the register is stripped and spins around freely, so it might be stuck in a spot that allows air to enter the register. I don’t know where to get the parts to replace that but that’s my next task. Any other thoughts on what I can do myself to solve this issue or is this a problem for the professionals? Thank you.