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Re: Radiator's too hot, even when shut off

Posted by proactive on January 31, 2001 at 23:03:29:

In Reply to: Re: Radiator's too hot, even when shut off posted by JJ on January 31, 2001 at 19:06:07:

Often times boilers are cranked up so owners can avoid not delivering adequate heat. In the hope that you have building management that responds to your calls: Depending on how the pipes in your building are configured, it could be a simple job for the super to make certain that the connections between the feeder pipes and radiators are tight (A wrench is necessary) -- then you could close off the radiator and this should keep hot water / steam from entering the radiator and heating up the room. If management doesn't respond you could call a plumber yourself and see what can be done (document the work and deduct the cost from rent).

: : Is there any recourse for correcting an over-efficient radiator? I live in a rent-stablized building of 98 units and, with the beginning of cold weather, experience persistent temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, even with the valve completely shut off. The only advice or regulations I've been able to find regard tentants' lack of heat, not being steam cooked.

: No law about how hot is too hot.
: There is a basic law: if it's broken, they must fix it.
: An elderly woman died in Brooklkyn a couple of summers ago due to heat from radiator...

: Do the usual: call, write a polite letter with deadline, write a stronger letter, call in a complaint to HPD. For hints, read complaint pages.

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