How To Turn Off Radiator With Broken Knob?

How To Turn Off Radiator With Broken Knob


Do you know how to turn off your radiator if the knob is broken?

If not, this article will teach you step-by-step instructions on how to disable your radiator by removing the thermostat, disconnecting it from the pipe valve, and turning off the gas or electric supply.

How to turn off radiator with broken knob?

If the knob on your radiator is broken, you might not know how to turn it off. Turning off a radiator can be tricky if you don’t have access to the thermostat or gas valve. This article will teach you step-by-step instructions on how to disable your radiator by removing the thermostat, disconnecting it from the pipe valve, and turning off the gas or electric supply.

The first thing that needs to happen is for someone with knowledge of plumbing and electricity should come out and assess what needs to be done in order for them to safely shut down your system.

Here are some step by step tips on how to turn off radiator with broken knob:

Remove the thermostat

Remove the thermostat, which sits between the radiator and the pipe valve. The thermostat is a small, metal or plastic knob that can be turned to adjust to your preferred temperature. It should already be in its coldest position when you are turning off the heat source. If it’s not, turn it counter-clockwise until it reaches the coldest possible setting and it is turned off. If the knob has fallen off of the thermostat, you will be unable to turn it.

Turn off the gas supply or unplug the electric supply

Your radiator contains gas or electricity that keeps your house warm or hot. You can simply turn off the flow of natural gas by turning the knob on the pipe valve clockwise completely. If you need to unplug your electric heater, look for an outlet with your appliances plugged into it and simply pull out the chord.

Disconnect the radiator from the pipe valve

Now that you have turned off both of these supplies, you can disconnect them from one another by unscrewing the pipe valve from where it meets the radiator.

Unscrewing the radiator from its place in your wall

Once you have unscrewed your pipe valve, your room should start to cool off and the heat should turn off completely. Before removing it from the wall completely, make sure that there is absolutely no gas or electricity running through it. Unscrew your radiator from the wall completely by turning the little screws on each side of the base with a screwdriver.

You can reassemble in reverse order when you are ready to use your heating system again. Make sure that both gas and electricity have been turned back on before attempting to reassemble or turn your heat system on.

How To Turn Off Radiator With Broken Knob

How do I turn the heat off if my thermostat is broken?

There are a few different ways you can go about this.

Method One: Disable the Gas Supply: If your heating unit still works but your thermostat is broken, and so the heat setting cannot be adjusted and it’s set up to run on natural gas, see if it has a regulator knob that looks like this.

Turn off the gas supply by making sure that the regulator (solenoid valve under left side of picture below) is “off” and disconnected from both pipe valves as shown in diagram above. This will disable what’s known as “base heating.”

Method Two: Open Interior Ducts: If you entertain the idea of getting a replacement thermostat, sealing off the air ducts is still a good way to turn your heat off without affecting the lower floor. This is as simple as closing some registers and ducts in the basement and other storage areas that don’t seem necessary for heating on those cold nights. If you’re not sure which vents are needed for heating, it’s probably safe to close any that do not seem to be connected to a radiator.

Method Three: Turn Off the Electric Supply: In order to turn your heat off without affecting the lower floor or buying a new thermostat you can also just turn off the electric supply. If your heating unit is still working but your thermostat is broken, you can disable your electric elements by turning off the circuit breaker.

Method Four: Turn Off Radiator Valve: If you don’t want to go through any of the previous steps to turn off your heat, you can simply switch off the radiator valve. Just make sure that it’s turned back on before warm weather hits. If you don’t, your pipes will freeze and crack!

Method Five: Replace Thermostat: If all else fails, you can always replace the thermostat. This is the most expensive option but also the easiest to do yourself.

Conclusion

If your thermostat is broken and you need to turn the heat off, there are a few different ways that can work for you. You could disable the gas supply by disconnecting it from both valve pipes or disabling the electric supply if they’re still working. If turning off these items doesn’t work, try removing the valve on your radiator or replacing your thermostat with one of our top-rated models! We’ve reviewed all of them in detail so let us know what we should be looking for before purchasing one.

References : How to fix problems with radiators

Oakley

I am John Oakley. I love to share tips and reviews on products to keep our homes warm and comfortable.

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