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Smell from NYC Radiator

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  • Jersey2
    Jersey2 Member Posts: 165
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    Is that moisture, under the connector? Or is it just a darker color?
    I'm not a plumber or hvac man and my thoughts in comments are purely for conversation.
  • SRubi
    SRubi Member Posts: 24
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    I think it is just a darker color
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,708
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    i'm pickey,
    from the knob down to where the brass thread, silver thread, is welded to the header,
    the joint in my circle,

    and if you have pliers or a wrench,
    is this nut loose at all ?


    known to beat dead horses
  • SRubi
    SRubi Member Posts: 24
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    I don't have the best wrench but it doesn't seem to be loose
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,708
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    the supply 90s and threads look pretty rusty also,
    olive oil ?
    a better alternative ?
    rag them off first to knock off the heavy rust then vacuum,

    that one last picture of my circle?
    known to beat dead horses
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,708
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    Jersey2 said:

    Is that moisture, under the connector? Or is it just a darker color?

    what about inside the back box, under the 1st supply 90, that little stain in the corner,
    does that smudge?
    known to beat dead horses
  • SRubi
    SRubi Member Posts: 24
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    Yes, I took a paper towel to it and some black/gray stuff came off onto the towel
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,425
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    You're doing fine. Thank you. You say it smells a little like hot iron? Such as, perhaps, it might be a hot cast iron pan, or a hot clothes iron? I wonder if there is a bit of a steam leak at the valve or at one of the fittings. That might actually be worst when the system is heating up., but would be very hard to see -- the moisture would all evaporate very quickly.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • SRubi
    SRubi Member Posts: 24
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    Yeah a very metallic smell. It does tend to smell the worst, I’ve noticed, when the heat has been off for a day or over night and it kicks back on. It also smells when it’s off for long periods of time, like if there’s a string of warmer days. When it’s running more consistently it doesn’t smell as bad. 
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,708
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    next time you're smelling it and the heat is steaming,
    reach in there with the cold silver salad spoon and see if you can catch a jet of steam condensation while floating around in there,

    and try "oiling" those rusted 90's on the supply,
    known to beat dead horses
    SRubi
  • dopey27177
    dopey27177 Member Posts: 887
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    The fins in the convector are very dirty and loaded with surface dust.

    Try this to rid the odors and also clean the aluminum fins which will help the heat transfer of the uit.

    Spray the fins with Zep calcium, rust and lime remove. This item is supposed to be odor free and will not damage the aluminum fins.

    If it works you will be happy if it dose not work you can use it to clean the tile, fixtures and windows in the bathroom and appliance surfaces in the kitchen.

    Jake
    SRubi
  • SRubi
    SRubi Member Posts: 24
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    Next time it’s a strong smell I will try holding a spoon up and I will work on cleaning out the fins. Thank you! I’ll report back! 
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,881
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    try looking for a steam leak but wash out the coil in the mean time!
    SRubi