Radiator valve help, please

  Graham. 13:11 10 Jan 10

The thermostatic radiator valve in a spare bedroom is stuck closed. It is about 5 years old and has been off since it was fitted, apart from once a year when I turn the dial up to refresh the water. Now when I turn the dial to max, the radiator remains cold.

It is a Danfoss valve; should I be able to pull the housing off to inspect the workings?

  cream. 13:16 10 Jan 10

and tap valve with a hammer, lightly. Refit top.

  cream. 13:21 10 Jan 10

" Radiator valves:

For radiator valves, the advice is similar once the valve cover is removed. See our removing a radiator project for this job and then use a spanner to undo the peg which extends from the valve body. With thermostatic radiator valves the situation is often a great deal simpler. When you have removed the head you should, in most cases. See a pin sticking out from the body of the valve. A gentle tap with a hammer should release this nicely. "

from click here


Now you see it, now you don't or vice versa.

  oldbeefer2 13:21 10 Jan 10

Remove the adjuster knob then tap the housing with a hammer - sounds drastic, but it's the only way I've been able to get ours to work. Then, keep gently tapping the small brass pin that protrudes until it it moves freely.

  oldbeefer2 13:22 10 Jan 10

Odd - your response wasn't there just now!

  cream. 13:23 10 Jan 10

jumped into the middle of the posts.

Spooky ;-)

Could it be my posting is timed at 13.22 and FE's is 13.24

  Forum Editor 13:24 10 Jan 10

but pay careful attention to the word 'lightly' when tapping. This is best done very rapidly on the side of the valve casing. It will free the neoprene valve washer, which has become stuck to the valve seating.

Thermostatic valves should be operated once or twice a month throughout the year to prevent this happening, and when you close the valve don't use excessive force - it jams the washer too tightly onto the seating.

  Forum Editor 13:25 10 Jan 10

We were typing at the same time.

  Graham. 13:44 10 Jan 10

But it's not moving. This is the fellar click here

  cream. 13:52 10 Jan 10

base of the valve and turn anti-clockwise. The whole of the valve will screw out of the brass casing. The pin will then be visible at the top.

Replace when top pin moves easily.

  Graham. 14:00 10 Jan 10

Thanks all, radiator is now hot. I'll leave it for a while then waggle the pin some more. Thanks again.

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