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Old 10-12-2016, 07:51 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Years ago, new owners of a 1920s apartment building retrofitted thermostat knobs to existing radiators. They didn't work at all. I pleaded with them to leave my unit 'off' -- I preferred living without heat (in a moderate climate) to trying to sleep in an oven.

The maintenance team visited my apartment several times. Nothing helped. At minimum or maximum setting, the radiator blazed away. Other tenants in that building had similar problems.

Does anyone have an opinion as to whether or not this is par for the course for radiator thermostats? Or do you think the owners did a poor job of choosing and/or installing equipment?

Why I ask: I'm apartment shopping again, and have seen many refurbished apartments with these radiator thermostat knobs.
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Old 10-12-2016, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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It depends on if it's a one pipe or two pipe system and if they installed the proper system.

It is possible with either system but it's often not the quick fix that building owners hope for.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:08 PM
 
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I've used them quite successfully on hydronic system. It's the same type of valve.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:29 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Thanks, EIT77 and thecoalman. I'll ask questions, and keep an open mind.
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