Forum Title: Radiator bleed valve worn down
Hi all! I have a radiator that has the little bleed valve worn down to a tiny numb, and I'm wondering if anyone could give me advice about what my options are for fixing it or somehow using it as is. It's hard to see in the attached pics, but there's actually less of it that it look like in the picture, because it's flattened out a bit. I'm afraid to use vice grips and make it worse, but vice grips might be the answer. Could anyone offer a "for dummies" explanation of how to replace ir or a practical work-around? Thank you for your help!
Category: Plumber Post By: FRANCIS JACOBS (Battle Creek, MI), 07/28/2016

If that radiator is just heavily painted and not corroded ( hard to tell from my screen) you can change the manual air vent quite easily. Just take pressure off the zone and thread the old one out, install new 1/4 manual air vent, put water back on the zone and bleed the radiators.

- CYNTHIA WALKER (Hammond, IN), 09/06/2017

Quote: Originally Posted by Matt30 If that radiator is just heavily painted and not corroded ( hard to tell from my screen) you can change the manual air vent quite easily. Just take pressure off the zone and thread the old one out, install new 1/4 manual air vent, put water back on the zone and bleed the radiators. The vents are 1/8 Both the coin and key type.

- PEGGY HENDERSON (Greensboro, NC), 09/10/2017

Thank you both for your replies. Yes, it does look like paint build up rather than corrosion. I'm happy to know it's going to be fixable, but unsure of how to proceed. In order to take pressure off that zone, would I just turn off that particular radiator using the open/close handle on that particular radiator? Is it possible to describe the procedure for removing the old air vent? Would I just use a wrench and turn the part that looks like a nut? Thank you!

- NORMA ORTIZ (Claremont, CA), 09/29/2017

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