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What are the differences between a steam and hot water radiator

If you have a steam heating system and want to convert it to hot water or if you have a hot water system and want to go steam, you need to first find out if the radiators are compatible with the new system. If you are buying used radiators for your hot water or steam system, how do you know if they will work with your system?



The first rule to remember is that hot water will ALWAYS take two openings into the radiator. Usually they will be in the bottom, but I have hooked up radiators with the supply going into the top of the radiator and the return out the bottom. A small taping will also be needed for an air vent. This will release the air from the radiator so that it fills completely with water.

For steam it will depend on the type of steam system that you have. If you have a two pipe steam system you will need two openings and they do need to be in the bottom. For two pipe systems you will also have to fit a steam trap on the return side of the radiator. A valve on the inlet is a very good idea also. For one pipe steam systems you will need only one opening at the bottom. However you will also need to have a tapping for a small vent towards the top of the radiator to release air from the radiator. There is no trap on a one pipe steam system, but an inlet valve is still a great idea to be able to control the heat output of the radiator.

There are many styles and configurations of radiators made. Many can be used for both hot water and steam heating. Some cannot be used for one or the other. You do need to checkout the radiator to make sure that it can be used for your intended heating system.

I have already drilled and tapped radiators to make them suitable to use for the style of system that I want. Make sure if you do this that there is a space where they can be drilled and taped properly. Many radiators already have a spot for the tapings that you need.

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- First the good news, the service center in Concord is very good and would you believe they have new in the box Rowenta DG980 in stock!

California Electric Service in Concord CA (it is the only Rowenta repair station in California) go to either of the following addresses:
their website is: http://www.californiaelectricservice.com/
or tech service: service@californiaelectricservice.com

Now the not so good news. This model uses what I call a "flutter pump" that turns on when the boiler needs more water pumped in if the reservoir is dry and the red light comes on indicating it is out of water.
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If all this works, then likely the $75 electronic printed ckt board driver detector is okay. It enables the flutter pump, fills the boiler with a few tablespoons of water to be converted to steam and repressurizes the steam system. It is the sequence logic this board does that you can use to determine the bad part, find and replace it yourself. There are many thermostats and sensors and without a schematic it is tough to reverse engineer.

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1:Clean your steam iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Your iron is more likely to leak when it has not been cleaned properly. Plus, the water that leaks from a steam iron that hasn't been cleaned will likely be dirty and stain your fabric. Every steam iron brand is different, so be sure to check the manual that came with your iron or browse the manufacturer's website for instructions on keeping your steam iron in good working order.

2:Use your steam iron on a rigid surface like an ironing board. In a rush, you might be tempted to quickly iron a blouse or pants on the nearest available surface like a bed, carpet or even on a table with a towel draped over it. However, these surfaces may not provide the proper amount of level padding for successful steam ironing, and leaks are more likely to occur. Take the time to set up your ironing board for smooth steam ironing to reduce water leaks on a bumpy surface.

3:Allow your steam iron to heat fully in the upright position before ironing. Because your steam iron is designed to convert water into steam that will easily smooth out wrinkles on bulky fabrics, you can avoid leaks by ensuring your iron has time to get the water to the correct temperature. If you lay your steam iron in the horizontal position too quickly, water that is not hot enough to convert to steam will leak. Give the iron a chance to heat up, and then test your steam function on your ironing board cover or spare fabric swatch before tacking your favorite blouse.

4:Turn off the steam function on your iron when ironing at lower temperatures. Since your iron's steam function is designed to convert the water in your iron to steam at the right temperature, lower iron temperatures can cause water to leak if your steam setting is still activated. For ironing more delicate fabrics, turn off the steam to avoid water leaks.

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