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2 pipe steam system one radiator not getting hot.. have pic of valve. anyone know how to fix?

Joseph_4Joseph_4 Posts: 198Member
Hi. I have a customer with 2 pipe steam and one radiator gets hot until a point. Could something be clogged in the pictured valve.. anyone know how to fix it?
Thx
Joe
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  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,793Member, Moderator, Administrator
    I believe that’s a variable-orifice valve and probably set to allow in less steam than the radiator is able to condense. Do you have a pic looking down at the valve.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 11,227Member
    To which I would add -- the question isn't does the radiator get hot, but is the space it serves comfortable? If the space it serves is comfortable, then -- since I agree it looks like a variable orifice valve -- it may have been set that way quite deliberately, for balance.
    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
  • Joseph_4Joseph_4 Posts: 198Member
    The Radiator itself does NOT get hot but the first couple of feet of supply pipe in basement do. The heat doesnt reach to the valve. Sorry I wasn't clear with My info.. I will get a picture looking from top down.
    Thx
    Joe
  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Posts: 7,938Member
    You could test the valve by loosening the Union nut, while the boiler is off, then turning it on, to see if steam is getting through the valve. Retighten the Union nut.
    If steam appears after the valve, then make the same test with the trap bonnet removed, to see if steam gets that far.
    A helper with hand on the boiler switch is very helpful, as steam can cause deep burns!-NBC
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 11,227Member
    Carefully check that supply pipe in the basement. Usually (not always!) if a valve is closed the pipe will get hot up to the valve, or very close to it. If, on the other hand, the pipe pitch isn't correct, or there is a sag in the pipe, it is quite possible for condensate to collect in the pipe and block the flow of steam quite effectively.
    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
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