There are many times when we want to turn the heat off but don’t know how. It can be confusing because there are so many different settings and switches on radiators, and no one will tell you what they all do. The good news is that turning the heat off is actually pretty straightforward, and only takes a few minutes once you know what to do.
Turning the heat off: what to do if the radiator won’t turn off?
The first step is to find the knob that turns the radiator off. This is typically on the side of the radiator. It’s usually a round knob or button, and it may say “on/off”, “power”, or “heat” on it.
Next, turn the switch off. You will see this switch move from one position to another when you do this. Finally, make sure that your knob or button is in an off position before you walk away from it! That’s all there is to turning heat off!
In some instances, such as public buildings, the knob might be locked with a plastic cover. You will have to find the person that has the key so that you can turn the radiator off. It is also possible that no knob is present and that you have to buy a new one.
These are quite cheap. Just make sure that it fits with your radiator. This can be done by using the name of the brand when you look for a new knob. This name is often written on the radiator. You can use a wrench as well to turn the radiator off, as we will discuss below.
In some instances the knob is stuck. Be gentle and try to turn it around. You can use a wrench but be careful that you don’t twist it. You might have to get the knob off if nothing works. To do this, you might have to remove a screw. In other instances, you can just pull it off. You can add some oil and give it a nudge. In the following video he is using a wrench but be careful that you don’t crush the metal piece. Sometimes you can use an Allen key inside of it.
Electric radiators might work differently. The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of knobs and switches on radiators. These are the “on/off” switch, which usually looks like a rectangle with an arrow in it, and the “flow control” knob, which is usually a round knob. The on/off switch will turn the radiator off completely while turning the flow control knob counterclockwise will reduce the heat coming out of the radiator.
If you have vents that come out of the floor, you can cover these with fireproof material and some tape. Often cardboard will do but check the instructions of the manufacturer of the heater before doing so. Don’t cover all the vents. It is often better to turn the heater down.
Plumbers often recommend that you don’t completely turn the radiator down but lower the thermostat or change the settings on your boiler. This makes sure that the pin in it doesn’t get stuck when it doesn’t get turned for a while. You might have to call a plumber to get this fixed as opening up a radiator can spread a lot of water over your floors if you are not careful.
Turning the thermostat down
Another way to turn the radiator off is by lowering the temperature on your thermostat. Your thermostat activates your heating system. For example, if it is 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the room and you set the thermostat to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, your heating system will activate. If you lower the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, it won’t activate at the temperature in the room is already higher than what you have requested.
The first thing you need to do is turn the thermostat down. Sometimes you have to turn it but most models have buttons. There is often a down arrow that you can press. This will display the current temperature and the requested temperature. Make sure that the requested temperature is lower than the current temperature and your radiators should turn off.
You can open up the windows to reduce the temperature if needed. Radiators generally cool down quite fast so once you turn them off, you should feel that the temperature is coming down fast.
Shutting the heater down
If nothing works, you can consider shutting the heater down. This is generally done by pressing an off button on it. Your heater is often installed in your garage or cellar. Read the instructions of your device to check what the right approach is. Sometimes you have to unplug the device. Don’t do this while the system is active (you will hear a noise when it is heating up water).
Heaters often have a summer and a winter setting. Be sure that your system is adjusted to each season. This can save you a lot of money and can make your heater work for a longer period of time. You can check the manual of your heater on how to do this.
Often this is going into the menu and selecting the right season. Newer heaters are able to do this automatically. A lot of systems are just using the standard settings and this might not be the best option for your home. You can check with your plumber if he or she comes to maintain your heater.
If your radiators are getting hot when the heater is down, it is possible that the plumber made a mistake and connected the cold line of your radiator with the water heater. These should be separated systems. This is often quite easy to fix as you just need to run a new water line.
To conclude, we can state that turning a radiator down is often quite straightforward. You just have to turn a knob. Some oil might be needed to get it going again if it has been in the same position for a while. In some instances, you will need some tools to get it done. Some parts of a radiator are quite fragile so be careful when you do this.
A room that is too hot can be uncomfortable. You can check your thermostat to see if it is working properly. It is also possible to turn individual radiators off manually by turning the knob.
In some instances, there can be a problem with the heater (including a setting that is wrong). You can contact your plumber for help with his or consult the manual.
Most radiators use hot water to warm up a house. Some rooms might be warmer than others. By adjusting the dial on the radiator, you can adjust the amount of water that flows through it. This affects the temperature that it produces.
In most instances, this is quite easy but the handle can get stuck. Luckily it is quite easy to repair this.