Posted by kurtvb on January 13, 2000 at 06:29:33:
We just purchased a house with steam radiators heated by a 1996 Well McLain Fuel oil boiler. The system has a main loop in the basement with lines tapped off it to individual radiators, and it is pitched to return condensing steam(I assume) back to the boiler. The system itself heats a 2000 Sq/Ft. 2 story home with 12 individual radiators of various sizes. What sort of maintenance should I regularly perform? Is there any way to stop radiators from hissing - some of them are really loud and others nearly silient? I have heard about something called a "quick valve" which I assume helps bring the steam around the system - should I have one or is it not necessary? Also, the autofill seams to run quite frequently - 1 to 2 times a day, is this normal? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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