3 Steam Radiator Facts 3 Steam Radiator Facts

The steam radiator is a feature of many older homes, and many homeowners never have any problems with them. However, you may occasionally find that they need to have basic home improvements performed on them. Before you start any DIY on your steam radiator, there are a few basic facts that you should know about these systems.

How Steam Radiators Work

Steam radiators are connected by pipes to a hot water boiler. When the water inside the tank reaches boiling point, it produces steam, and this then travels up the pipe to the radiators, where it cools, turns back into water, and then returns to the boiler. The steam radiator and the boiler are usually connected by a single pipe, which sends the steam to, and takes water back from, the boiler.

You Do Not Need to Bleed the Radiator

This is a common home improvements practice, but it is really not necessary. The idea that steam radiators need to be bled is a myth. Bleeding works to try and remove trapped air from systems, and of course there is no trapped air in a steam radiator.

Radiator Valves

A steam radiator has a valve that can sometimes become clogged by dirt. This prevents steam from reaching the radiator and heating it. This valve is very easy to replace.

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