+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    2

    Default How do I fix a banging steam radiator?

    We have old steam radiators and the one in our baby's room bangs/knocks very loudly when the heat comes on. Can we fix it ourselves or do we need to call in a plumber?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Fayette County, Ohio
    Posts
    5,776

    Default Re: How do I fix a banging steam radiator?

    This is usually caused by the radiator not being level. Try shimming the end opposite of the steam pipe end.
    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    2

    Default Re: How do I fix a banging steam radiator?

    Great, thank you. My radiator seems stuck to my wood floor. Is it just a matter of using a metal wedge to get it off the floor? (Seems straight forward enough, but I've done enough home projects to know if the most straight forward tasks can sometimes go awry.)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Fayette County, Ohio
    Posts
    5,776

    Default Re: How do I fix a banging steam radiator?

    You may need to use a pry bar or 2X4 to lift the radiator and slip shims under the legs. If it is only slightly off regular wood shims should work.
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    179

    Default Re: How do I fix a banging steam radiator?

    If the shims don't work, replace the thermostatic condensate trap element on the line leaving the radiator. Most brands are available and B&J makes retrofit kits for obsolete brands.
    "Lead by Example"

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •