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Experience:  Retired HVAC/ Electrical & Boiler contractor. Industrial
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When new air vents are installed on radiators, how does it

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When new air vents are installed on radiators, how long does it take them to work? I had 8 replaced and when I turn the heat on steam is coming out. They don't seem to close after the heat gets up.
JA: Did you double-check the thermostat's settings? And what about the filters?
Customer: This is a 2 year old steam boiler. The thermostat settings are good.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: The work was just done by a plumber.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: I still have some old air vents that were not replaced and they are working fine.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.

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They should close as soon as the steam hits them. If they're blowing steam then the pressure on the boiler is probably set too high. The pressure range on a residential boiler should be 1 to 3 psi. Most air valves are only rated to 5 psi