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Radiator in bedroom won't shut off

Hi everyone. I have a radiator in my bedroom and we've not been able to get it to shut off by tightening the valve. It's shut all the way, but the heat still comes through.

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,934
    Steam? Many steam valves don't actually shut off all the way. If this is one pipe steam, that valve should only be used for maintenance. In any event, it isn't uncommon for old valves -- steam or hot water -- to not shut off all the way. They can be maintained; there is a washer at the bottom of the operating shaft.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Ferbz2002
    Ferbz2002 Member Posts: 3
    @Jamie Hall Thanks. The thermostat is set at 72°F and the other occupants refuse to reduce it since they will not get any heat downstairs. Is there anything I can do to reduce the heat from it? Like making a wooden box to enclose it?  
  • delcrossv
    delcrossv Member Posts: 686
    If it's 1 pipe steam, you can remove the vent and replace it with a thermostatic vent. If you want it "off' you can remove the vent and replace it with a 1/8" brass plug.
    Trying to squeeze the best out of a Weil-McLain JB-5 running a 1912 1 pipe system.
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,590
    A box is a great idea. If you want a little heat from time to time, you can add a register with an adjustable Louver That can be opened and closed or partially opened.
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,705
    Put a thick blanket over it.
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
    ethicalpaul
  • Ferbz2002
    Ferbz2002 Member Posts: 3
    @KC_Jones Thanks. Thinking about getting one of those fire redundant blankets on Amazon. Any suggestions? 
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,705
    Any blanket will do. Fire retardant isn’t necessary as the radiator doesn’t get nearly hot enough to combust anything.
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
    ethicalpaul