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How do I clean a warm steam vaporizer Vicks model V150? Thanks

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Throw it away and buy a new one!

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Model HO-0250H, heater makes a pair of snapping noises one after the other, perhaps from expansion/contraction. Heater is two months old.

The unit uses oil to create residual heat. The oil can contain small amounts of moisture and when the unit heats that moisture turns to steam, Steam has a great expansion ratio. When the steam condenses back to moisture it can conglomerate into large water droplets instead of being dispersed. This means that when it heats back up the steam expansion is more radical and makes noise. Unless the unit starts leaking oil, it is fine to continue using it.

Feb 20, 2014 | Pelonis Heaters


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.

on Jan 30, 2010 | Heaters


Steam System Steam Radiator Air

If you have a steam heating system you know how great the heating is from that type of system. You also know that there are not many people left that have a quality knowledge of what it takes to trouble shoot these systems.


One of the most common problems is getting the air out of the radiators effectively so that the steam can replace the air and make heat for your home. This steam flow needs to be properly controlled. If too much steam flows through it is wasted and efficiency drops. If not enough steam is supplied then the radiator will not heat to it’s fullest capacity.

If you have a one pipe system then you will have a vent on the side of the radiator near the top. The job of this vent is to release the air out of the radiator till it is full of steam. Once the heat from the steam hits this valve it will then close until it cools enough to allow more steam in the radiator again. If this valve does not do this properly then you will either loose steam out of the vent, and make a mess from the condensation or you will not get the air out of the radiator and you will not get enough heat. These valves also can be sized to allow more of less air out depending on the size of the radiator and the distance from the boiler.

If you have a two pipe steam system then you will have a trap on the return pipe of the radiator. This trap is on the side opposite of the valve. The top of the trap is screwed tightly on and can be removed with a pipe wrench. It is advisable to use two wrenches so that you do not break the piping when turning on the top of the trap. Inside the trap you will find a disc that has a thermostat in it. This disc snaps open and shut as the stem heats it up and it cools down. These discs are specific to each brand and size of trap. For proper operation of the trap you will need to match the replacement to the specific make and model of your trap.

Most of the time when you have a heating problem with one of you radiators, the trap or venting will be the problem. Very seldom does a pipe become clogged or there is some other problem that causes you not to have heat in one radiator.

on Jan 16, 2010 | Heaters

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My Coleman gas furnace turns on, ignites and the flame will keep going out. The entire time the blower motor will stay on humming until its hot to the touch. If I tap the gas pipe I can get the pilot to...

IT could be the temp is too cold at night and the tank cannot make vapor ie gas, The liquied has to boil inside to make the gas you can get a heat blanket to warm your tank. Ask you gas suppier if they have one.

Mar 17, 2011 | Coleman Propane Forced Air Heater...

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Does this thing have a fan? i turned it on its getting warm but im a bit confused on how the heat is to move around!

Hello, I can understand your confusion. This type of heater is a radiator, there is no fan. How it works is by the oil heating inside the unit. You will feel it actually get so hot, that it is uncomfortable to the touch. The air right near the heater will get warm and then it starts to rise. As it rises, more air moves in to take it's place, and then this air rises and the cycle continues as long as the heater is running. This is the same principle as the steam and hot water radiators. I have used these heaters and they really do warm up a room.

Jan 21, 2011 | Honeywell HZ-709 Oil Filled Radiator...


Hot Water Steam Efficiency Plus Comfort

Steam heat is a great warm, wonderful, and absolutely fabulous way to heat your house. Steam heat is almost always created from water in a boiler fueled by gas, oil or electricity. It then passes through pipes and radiators or convectors to heat your home. A steam heating system uses steam that is generated from a boiler. When the water boils, the steam rises through the pipes and into the radiators to heat them. The hot radiators then heat your home.

Steam is a great heat distribution medium because it moves easily through your system and it has an extremely high heat-holding capacity. The heat-holding capacity of steam is much greater than that of water. Steam heating systems often operate at very low pressures and usually under 220°F. Steam heat is usually distributed by either one or two pipe systems. In a case of a one-pipe steam heating system, a single main serves the dual purpose of supplying steam to the heat exchanger and allowing condensate to run back from the radiators also. A two-pipe system has two connections from each heat exchanger or radiator. In this system, steam and condensate flow in separate piping from each other. With a steam system all pipes must be well insulated and you must use pipe insulation rated for steam piping. If the insulation is removed the system will no longer work as designed. Noise and all sorts of problems will come from uninsulated piping.

When you have radiators on upper floors or radiators that are further from the boiler they should be adjusted to release more air to compensate for the increased air volume in the piping due to the distance from the boiler. If you have a valve that is clogged with mineral deposits or stuck shut, no air will be able to get out of the piping. Because of this no steam can enter the radiator, so it doesn't heat up. This will block the movement of steam into the radiator, or cause a very noisy hammering as pressurized steam tries to get through this water "dam".

Steam radiators need to have a valve that allows air to escape at a controlled rate so that the radiator can heat up. Steam heating systems will also lose a little bit of water all the time, so there has to be water makeup so that you do not run your boiler dry. Steam heating systems without an automatic water feeder are not safe. You will risk serious boiler damage should boiler water be lost. If the boiler runs dry it could also explode if water is placed into it while it is hot. There should always be a low water cutoff installed on every steam system. Therefore on a steam boiler the automatic water feeder serves as a safety device also.

It is very important that you find someone that is very familiar with steam heating systems when repairing or installing steam heating. Incorrectly designed, installed, steam systems and condensate piping is a huge problem in today's buildings and facilities. There are not many qualified to design and install properly operating steam heating systems. Incorrect steam piping will always cause costly premature failure of steam equipment such as steam coils, heat exchangers, and control valves. Not to mention the higher cost of operating a system that is not working efficiently.

on Dec 29, 2009 | Heaters

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Radiators only working on the top third? please can anyone help! it is a central heating system

If old cast iron units, they are probably filling with rust and debris not allowing the water or steam to get to the lower sections. You will need to have them cleaned. Not an easy fix. They will need to be removed and either power washed or acid dipped. Make sure the valves are open fully to allow as much flow through them as possible.

Jan 06, 2010 | Heaters

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Ravenheat he85aaa combi boiler running fault

sounds like low water pressure, check pressure guage, get unit serviced

Nov 27, 2009 | Honeywell CT87B ROUND HEATING&COOLING...

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Burner on Charmglow patio heater will not stay on.

believe it or not, the propane tank may be too full. The vapor space is taken up and you have very little vapor. Run some warm water over the tank. The garden hose may be enough but if you get no frost line the water will need to be warmer. The warm water causes the liquid fuel to turn into vapor. Do not use boiling hot water. Another thing is oening the valve. Most propane tanks have safety valves. If the gas escapes faster than a normal rate, the valve closes. Open the valve slowlyand lt it burn for about 10 minutes before opening the valve further. It will get better as the fuel is used up and the vapor space in the tank increases. In real cold climates a heater blanket, sleeve is used tho keep the bottle warm. The vapor also creates the the needed pressure to move the gas through the system to the burners. Good Luck-Ned_

Sep 15, 2009 | Williams 2509612 Ceramic Mid-Size Heater

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