Can anyone help with steam radiators please!!!?

I have steam heating with radiators and I have 4 rooms downstairs and a bathroom and two small bedrooms upstairs. I have two medium sized radiators and one small radiator downstairs and two medium ones upstairs. I think there was one extra one down stairs but the previous tenant removed one of the rooms. I am thinking about removing another one upstairs because it gets to hot up there and it feels like overkill. My question is can i remove it and everything will be fine and put it downstairs where the other one was. Sorry so confusing.

Update:

Another question I have also is can I use basebord heating with steam heating. I heat with oil fired furnace.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Just shut the valve on the radiator on the second floor. Leave it in place. One day you may need it. Next, don't be cheap, go buy a used radiator from a plumbing supply. Where the one radiator is missing, install it with a new steam valve and a number 40 air release valve. You'll need two Stilson wrenches to remove that old valve or cap.

    You can also buy "STEAM" baseboard. It has a 1" black iron pipe with fins, instead of copper tubing. Just buy enough. Three times the length of a radiator. It may be cheaper to go the radiator route. By the time you pick up all the endcaps and fittings for the baseboard, the cost will be quite a bit. Even Home Depot sells steam baseboard.

    And then there is cast iron baseboard.

    By the way, I doubt the previous tenant removed the room, just the radiator. Find that missing room behind that pesky closed door in the hallway. Hahahahaha.

    You have an oil fired BOILER, not a furnace. Furnace is for air, boilers are for water and steam.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can move them but it is not an easy project. As long as the old piping is still in place and the radiators are the same size it would get a little easier. To solve the excess heat issue all of the radiators that I've seen have adjustment valves you can close off some to limit the flow. Your idea of baseboard is my favorite though. They will definitely work easily on the lower level. You will have to change the piping to copper tubing, but that is fairly easy for the 1st floor if it is open below. Your 2nd floor is another issue but it can still be done. Unless you can route new copper from the basement to the 2nd floor somehow, you would have to open up the floor and change the piping to copper below the floor. Be sure to use dialectric fittings to make sure they don't corrode. The baseboard heating is definitely compatible with your boiler though.

    Source(s): I've been a licensed contractor for 30 years and I'm an accomplished old home warrior. I've lived in and remodeled 4 - 80 to 110 year old homes. 2 of them had steam heat that I changed to baseboard.
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  • enord
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    yes. u could close the valve & shut it off & it'd be same as disconnecting & capping end of steampipe.

    p.s. i think valve must be completely closed or completely open for steam radiators.

    have fun moving it!

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  • 1 decade ago

    dont you watch "this old house" :)

    turn off you system let it cool and replace the vent with an adjustable one that will let you set the temp.

    this is much easier than taking it out aespecially for a weekend project that may last a week :)

    the adjustable option is expensive part wise but quick and simple

    cool down time 2-3 hours replacement time 10 minutes

  • 1 decade ago

    good lord! 3 heating systems in one house? baseboard heat is a nice compliment to any system. keeps your gas/oil bills to a minimum. as long as you know what your doing you can move the radiators, lol. heat rises, so upstairs radiators are really unnecassary.

    Source(s): i do hvac
  • 1 decade ago

    Heat rises! Try turning one of the upstairs ones off and closing the bedroom doors during the times they aren't used. Downstairs will become much warmer!

  • duc602
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    why remove them, they all have shut off valves.

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