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Steam vents not working?

JaypairJaypair Member Posts: 6

All of my steam vents that look like this are constantly giving off steam


The ones that look like this don't. Is that the way they were designed or have they gone bad?
I want them all to constantly give of steam when the boiler is running

Comments

  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 12,710
    Ah... no. Steam radiator vents are designed to close when steam hits them. The ones that are giving off steam are busted, and need to be replaced.
    Br. Jamie, osb

    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
  • JaypairJaypair Member Posts: 6
    Really,lol
    I actually prefer when it gives off the steam because it gets the room warmer
    SeanBeans
  • FredFred Member Posts: 8,418
    Also, those vents should be on the lower/center of those radiators for more even steam fill. I assume this is a one pipe steam system, Right?
    luketheplumber
  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Member Posts: 4,401
    Jaypair said:

    Really,lol
    I actually prefer when it gives off the steam because it gets the room warmer

    Releasing steam means fresh water in the boiler, excessive fresh water means an early death to the boiler.
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
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    luketheplumber
  • JaypairJaypair Member Posts: 6
    Fred said:

    Also, those vents should be on the lower/center of those radiators for more even steam fill. I assume this is a one pipe steam system, Right?

    I'm not sure m not sure about the system, it's a 3 famil brownstone
    Most of the other vents are much lower on the radiator
  • JaypairJaypair Member Posts: 6
    KC_Jones said:

    Jaypair said:

    Really,lol
    I actually prefer when it gives off the steam because it gets the room warmer

    Releasing steam means fresh water in the boiler, excessive fresh water means an early death to the boiler.
    Thanks for the info
    I was just about to ask if there's risk of any lng term damage
  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 6,793
    Are all the air vents on the opposite end of the rad from the steam valve?
  • JaypairJaypair Member Posts: 6
    Yes, they're all on the other side
  • neilcneilc Member Posts: 805
    and only one pipe going to the radiator ?
  • JaypairJaypair Member Posts: 6
    neilc said:

    and only one pipe going to the radiator ?

    Yes,all of the radiators are like that
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 6,940
    You need to check the boiler pressure gage and see if the boiler is building steam pressure. It is better if it is not building pressure
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