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Old 02-10-2015, 10:21 PM   #1
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So I recently moved into a new apartment with very old style cast-iron radiators. I don't know enough about them to know how to fix them without help, and my landlord is a complete ass when it comes to maintenance requests. When I moved in, it wouldn't turn on at all, but we have one in the bedroom so it was fine. Then winter hit and it was freezing and we couldnt' handle it, so I talked to my mom and she said I needed to use a radiator key to open up one of the valves.

Turns out mine is just a screw, and when I turned it counterclockwise, the thing started to make noise and got hot. Perfect.

Unfortunately, now it won't turn off. So there's the screw I messed with, then there's the knob on the bottom which is supposed to turn it off (clockwise) or on (counterclockwise). It just stays hot either way now.

Pictures attached so you can see what style it is. I really just want to fix this =/ The house is excruciating now. We have pets so opening the windows isn't really an option (plus that's stupid). If I have to call my landlord I will, but he is super rude and usually yells and threatens me whenever he comes over. So I'd rather not.

Thanks for any help you guys have!

Cody
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:16 PM   #2
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After you turn the know or screw clockwise, you may have to wait an hour or 2 for the rad to cool down.

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yea....ive waited days between each time i try something new. its not actually turning off.
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Valve gasket is worn out. Needs replaced, not easy to do.
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Have landlord fix it.
Don't tell him you did anything. Just say it never shuts off and someone in your family feels sick from it.
Another technique (up to you) is to say it's so bad you're calling a plumber to repair and will deduct cost from next rent. Usually gets landlord to take action quickly.
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DO NOT get in a p-ing match with your landlord. Document communication with landlord and just throw a blanket over it, if it gets too hot.
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Have landlord fix it.
Don't tell him you did anything. Just say it never shuts off and someone in your family feels sick from it.
Another technique (up to you) is to say it's so bad you're calling a plumber to repair and will deduct cost from next rent. Usually gets landlord to take action quickly.

As a pro heating and airconditioning contractor.....

Telling me you have a sick family member and i have to come "right now" and that is truly not the case....you just got put on my blacklist. ....No, she really doesn;t have a medical condition we just wanted cooling.....

Had a deadbeat 14 years ago that wouldn't pay a bill because "his bird got sick"......there was nothing wrong with his system, he just lost power from the idiot electricians he hired.
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I don't have any reason to lie to my landlord, and as long as I put everything in writing he *technically* only has 72 hours, so I'm not concerned with "coercing" him into fixing something that's legitimately his responsibility.

Was just really hoping I'd get a solution that didn't involve him at all. He hasn't fixed anything else that's been broken and is not a fun person to have around.
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You will never get a solution that will not involve the landlord...unless you want to pay for it yourself, or you want to document everything in your communications. The laws are slanted for people who have NO Heat....not too much heat. Move or throw a blanket over it.
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Putting a blanket on it is not a solution =/
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Putting a blanket on it is not a solution =/
why not?

It inhibits heat transfer-room won't be as hot.....

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