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Balancing a Trane - Anticipator Setting

Dave_23 Member Posts: 190
I have a steam, two pipe Trane system controlled with a T87. Everything works pretty well. However, if I don't allow a little overshoot, the second floor doesn't warm up as much as I'd like. Question: Can I close the radiator shutoff valve (fully or partially) in the room with the thermostat (first floor dining room), back off on the anticipator, and effectively achieve more even heat throughout the house, with the theory being that the rest of the house will have to heat up more to compensate for the reduced contribution by the radiator nearest the tstat.


  • John@Reliable_5
    John@Reliable_5 Member Posts: 76
    The proper way ..........

    is with the vents, and sit thermo with a amp meter according to draw of control.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,710
    It's Hard to Stop a Trane

    even after all these years!

    Your Trane Vapor system vents all the air from all the radiators into a dry (overhead) return and out thru a central vent in the basement, which is often located near the boiler.

    The original Trane air vents looked like the one in this picture. They were real heavy- your kids could use them for weight-lifting. On coal, they were plenty big- but on oil or gas they often weren't big enough.

    Try replacing this vent with a Gorton #2. This will quadruple the venting rate and should allow those upstairs radiators to heat faster. This vent should not be located in ambient temperatures of 100 degrees or more, or close to hot pipes or similar items that will radiate heat to the vent.

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