Steam radiator leaks water


Old 11-12-10, 09:01 AM
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Steam radiator leaks water

It seems every year i have another problem, and I know as usual it will be solved. I have a steam boiler that heats 2 floors of a 3 story building( 2nd & 3rd). The last radiator is on the third floor. Every time the heat comes on the radiator leaks water, a lot of water. It shoots out of the air vent. I changed it twice. Even with the valve shut off water comes out. Help, please.
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Old 11-12-10, 11:15 AM
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Check to see if the radiator is level. It should be level or very slightly tilted back towards the steam pipe assuming this is a one-pipe system. Be sure the steam valve is either fully open or fully closed. You cannot adjust the amount of heat by the steam valve. If necessary you can use some thin wedges under the feet away from the steam valve to get the proper slant.
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