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Help! What kind of heat do I have and how do I make it stop??

I live in an apartment building and it is constantly 100 degrees in here during the fall and winter because I have no control of the heat. There’s no thermostat in my apartment. I hate having to open my window because I live right next to a train station and it’s always loud. How do I make it so the heat doesn’t come up or is at least decreased? 


  • horseshapedfire
    horseshapedfire Member Posts: 3
    I also have no ability to turn the knob on any of the radiators in the apartment. I think they are soldered open. 
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,648
    It's two-pipe steam. If the management doesn't care, maybe cover the front of that convector with an insulating blanket.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 3,332
    Opening a window ga small amount is NOT a bad thing. Fresh air is required.

    As said cover the top of the coil with a towel, blanket anything WILL reduce the amount of heat emitted!
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 6,637
    Is that valve one of those american radiator valves with the screw under the cap that adjusts how much steam it lets in?
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 12,637
    Agree with @bburd the tin foil trick is cheap and easy. try that first
  • jerryb46
    jerryb46 Member Posts: 56
    Stay away from the valve!!,could cause more problems follow the advice from above.
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 4,237
    edited September 7

    If you know a handy man with sheet metal or you are a DIY, a damper control like this is easy and simple to make on your existing radiator. Then this is a permanent fix on that convector.

    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey.
    Services first oil burner at age 16
    P/T trainer for EH-CC.org

  • horseshapedfire
    horseshapedfire Member Posts: 3
    Thank you so much everyone! We wrapped the finned heating element in heavy duty aluminum foil, hopefully that does the trick.