Radiator Repair

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Old 02-18-04, 07:29 AM
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Radiator Repair

I am in the process of considering the purchase of a house that was built around 1920 and has radiators in every room. The house is currently vacant, and, apparently, was not properly winterized as three of the radiators blew out some good sized chunks. Is it possible to repair these, by welding or some other means, or would they have to be replaced all together? Also, could this cause any damage to the boiler or any other part of the system that I need to look for? Any help that any one could offer would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-18-04, 11:15 AM
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Look at all the cost. Id say get new ones here for sure. You could go to the base board set up now.

But what else to look for Id say a lot. You dont say if this is steam are hot water. Anyway water could have been in pipes all over and in the boiler. So Id say yes you have a lot to look for .
I dont think you will know all for sure till you can put water in the boiler and turn on the heat. just what all is bad.ED
 
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Old 02-19-04, 06:33 AM
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Thanks for the reply. They are the old steam radiators throughout the house, so I don't know if that would eliminate or increase the potential for more problems.
 
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Old 02-19-04, 07:12 PM
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Properly working steam would not have any water in the radiators... it would have all drained back to the boiler...I suspect you better consider complete replacement of the boiler as well. If the radiator is froze, so is the boiler.... ouch!!!!!
Consider having a professional estimate the complete replacement of the system and have that in an escrow account, contingent upon repairs to the heating system.
 
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Old 02-19-04, 07:15 PM
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By that I mean I think you have an old steam ystem that was converted to a hot water circulator system.....See if the is a pump nearby....Thats the tell tale OR The main pipe off the top of the boiler should be no larger than 1-1/4", if it's like 2".....thats steam.
 
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