Steam-heat radiators may be good at keeping you warm, but their banging and clanking can also sometimes keep you up at night.
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Most steam radiators are connected to a pipe that's fitted with an intake valve. That pipe doesn't only feed steam in; it's also supposed to release the steam that's condensed into liquid water. When enough water accumulates to block steam from entering the radiator, that's when you hear noises.
So if your radiator starts serenading you, try tilting the radiator slightly toward the intake valve. You can do that by inserting a couple of shims under the end that's opposite the valve.
If that doesn't work, it could be the steam is losing heat and condensing before it even gets to the radiator. Think that's your problem? Try insulating the pipes.
Another possible cause: The steam vent on the radiator isn't working properly. Replace it.
Chances are one of those fixes will work and you'll soon be getting your shut-eye.
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