- Step 1: Turn off the heat Turn off the heat and wait until the radiator cools.
- Step 2: Locate the valve Locate the bleed valve. It is a circular valve with a square protrusion from its center.
- Step 3: Hold towel Hold the towel beneath the valve to catch any water that leaks out.
- Step 4: Insert and turn Insert the bleed key and turn it one-quarter turn counter-clockwise. When you hear the hissing of released air, you have successfully opened the valve.
- Step 5: Close valve Turn the valve one-quarter turn clockwise once the hissing has ceased and the first drop of water exits the valve.
- Step 6: Turn on heat Turn the heat back on and listen to hear if the noise in the pipes has dissipated.
- TIP: Bleed your radiator every six months as preventative maintenance.
- Step 7: Contact a professional Contact a professional heating expert if problems persist.
- FACT: Did you know? Doris Day sang the song "Steam Heat" in the 1957 movie version of The Pajama Game.
You Will Need
- A radiator
- A towel
- A bleed key