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newhomeowner500

01:57PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 12/05/04
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Bvhvac
I just recently purchased a 126yr old victorian. The heat in the house works great, all except for the master bedroom. It is sweltering up in there every night. We only have the thermostat set at 63degrees. The rest of the house is extremely comfortable except for this room. The house has natural gas heat, and cast iron radiators in each room. I thought that all we would have to do is turn the knob on the radiator to close the valve a little, but to our surprise, there wasn't any valve. Everynight we sleep with a fan on and the windows open. Mind you, its about 20 degrees here at night in upstate NY.This drives me crazy because thats just wasted heat going out the window that I am paying for, but if I don't we can't sleep. Any suggestions on what I can do??

cellarwater

02:12PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
178 lifetime posts
Is the heating system forced hot water or steam? I'll check back. C.

newhomeowner500

02:14PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 12/05/04
2 lifetime posts
hot water i believe

daveg

03:44PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 03/01/03
22 lifetime posts
It's hard to say without knowing exactly how the system is piped. It sounds like your bedroom radiator is oversized. It maybe be able to be balanced differently or may need to be repiped in a different way. Where in upstate NY???

cellarwater

04:59PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
178 lifetime posts
Need more information than this. If it's a steam system there should be a small valve that hisses when the haet comes up. That may be able to be adjusted, to adjust the heat. On a forced hot water system, it could be a failed circulator pump, with the bed room is above the boiler the heat will rise here first. Also the system may be a gravity hot water system. It would be a good bet to add a circ pump to this. C.
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