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hot water radiator valves

Rob_20 Member Posts: 1
I live in a 100 year old apartment building in Brooklyn, with 4 floors and one apartment per floor. We have what appears to be the original hot water radiator system, with just one pipe attached to each radiator. The hot water comes up from the basement and we cycle the heat on and off with a thermostat. The lower floors are always too hot, and the upper floors usually too cold, because we turn off the heat when the lower floors get oppressively hot. Can the people on the lower floors turn their radiator valves off, so that they are just getting heat from the risers? Some plumbers have told us that this would be OK, and others said that we should not do it because it would somehow damage the system -- that all radiators must always be turned on all the way. Can we turn off some radiators, or turn them off part of the way?


  • Bill_39
    Bill_39 Member Posts: 69
    if there is

    only one pipe then it's a steam system not hot water.. The valves need to be either open all the way or closed all the way. Try thermostatic vents.
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