Click here to Find a Contractor in your area.
Welcome! Here are the website rules, as well as some tips for using this forum.
Need to contact us? Visit https://heatinghelp.com/contact-us/.

Updating old convector radiators in condo unit in Silver Spring

My recently purchased but old condo unit has three convector radiators I want to update. How doable is that? I have one technician tell me he's hesitant to do it because he can't guarantee that the hot water would flow properly through the numerous passages in modern set ups. How true is that? I'm thinking of replacing with a modern single panel convector or a baseboard unit, even. Does that make it more feasible? Check out the photos below of one of my current units. Recommendations on anyone who might be able to help me update the convectors in my condo in Silver Spring MD? Thank you!





Comments

  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 16,344
    It's certainly doable. It may change flow balance between radiators, but that's minor and can be adjusted for. The real trick is to get new radiators or baseboard or whatever with approximately the same heat output as what you have -- assuming that the heating is OK, but it's an aesthetic thing you are interested in.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    paolomartin
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,711
    edited September 8
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
    paolomartinIronman
  • paolomartin
    paolomartin Member Posts: 3
    @Jamie Hall I agree, it's mostly an aesthetic issue as my condo unit is largely updated throughout, except these radiators. Functionally, I don't know how well these radiators work as I've only had the place since July.

    @Steamhead thanks for the referral. @Dan Foley do you think you can help me out before they turn on the boilers in November?
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 16,344
    You can send @Dan Foley a personal message. Just click on the name in sort of red there, and it will be e-mailed to him. Or click on the link @Steamhead gave you and that has his 'phone number.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    paolomartin
  • paolomartin
    paolomartin Member Posts: 3
    edited September 13
    Thanks @Jamie Hall for helping me orient how to get a hold of @Dan Foley. Hope to get a hold of him this week.