steam radiator valve repair


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Old 02-20-06, 02:35 PM
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steam radiator valve repair

The steam radiator valves in my house are very old and leak and hiss.
(1)Does this require a plumber or can I take a look myself and repack the valves? I'm fairly handy, but I don'twant to make things worse than they are.
(2)Is it always better to replace the valves than to repair them?
(3)Should any plumber be able to handle this problem or is a steam person better?
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Old 02-20-06, 03:27 PM
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Welcome, sizz.

There's nothing wrong with trying to repack your old valves if they are otherwise in great shape.
But the time to do it is before you need heat.

You need to know how to relieve pressure from your system safely before you disassemble any valve.


I suspect that your query will be moved to the boiler forum shortly.
What type of packing are you considering?
 
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Old 02-21-06, 08:01 PM
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I would do this on a warm day so the oil burner could be shut off. I would use the type of packing recommended for steam valves by the plumbing supply dealer.
 
 

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