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IPTAY asked this question 8 years, 2 months ago:

Why don't all of my radiators work?

At the beginning of the winter all of my radiators worked just fine. Now three of them have stopped working. I have had the landlord and his son over several times to look at them, and each time it doesn't get resolved. The first time they came over they bled the radiators, and pounded on the temperature control knobs. For the radiators that were not working at the time that worked. Now different radiators are not working, they came over and did the same thing, but it did not help. I have been looking at the radiators myself, and trying to find a good reference on the internet but haven't come up with a solution. I did find one site that said there could be sediment in these radiators, but wouldn't that have prevented them from working previously? Also, I am wondering if the valve connected to the temperature control knob is not functioning properly. I like to think of myself as pretty handy, but this type of system is new to me. Any ideas on a solution?



8 years, 2 months ago

I am not a radiator expert, and I am not sure if you'll find one here. My suggestion would be to tell your landlord to either fix the problem or you'll pay to have it fixed and deduct the money from your next rent check.

If pounding on temperature control knobs works to fix the problem, it sounds like you need a repairman.

Good luck.

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Native
8 years, 2 months ago

Most probably you just need to exhaust the air from the radiators.

There should be a valve on the radiators that you need to open to let the air out of the system.

Turn your radiator on the highest level, then open the valve (slowly) until you hear the air exhausting, close the valve when water drops out. When water drops out instantly the control things might be full of chalk.

Have a look here for some pictures.

My suggestion would be to tell your landlord to either fix the problem or you'll pay to have it fixed and deduct the money from your next rent check.



This would also work, but I´ll guess checking the valves is the faster way ;)

8 years, 2 months ago

I would not recommend trying to repair this yourself. If you damage it further, the landlord could try to hold you accountable for further damages.

What you should do though if you have not already, is immediately notify the landlord in writing of the problem. Give him a deadline, based on how serious the issue is (letting him know you may withhold rent if not repaired in a timely manner).

If he does not make the repair in a timely manner, you can under German Law withhold a specific amount of the rent. The amount can be tricky to figure out, as it depends on how much it destroys or diminishes the fitness of the home. There are also a few other avenues you can take if that does not work.

Before withholding rent or taking further action, I recommend you consult with the Base Legal Office (German Legal Assistance) - 06371 47 2552 or the local Mieterverein (if you are a member). The can provide a bit extra leverage or give you specifics on how much to withhold on the rent.

Native
8 years, 2 months ago

Opening the valves on the radiators is no repairing. They need to be opened frequently (open mine all 1-2 month).


I would not recommend trying to repair this yourself. If you damage it further, the landlord could try to hold you accountable for further damages.

What you should do though if you have not already, is immediately notify the landlord in writing of the problem. Give him a deadline, based on how serious the issue is (letting him know you may withhold rent if not repaired in a timely manner).


The letter is called "Einschreiben gegen Rückschein" (=certified mail with return receipt). He should fix the issue, and if there is air in the system, someone should explain that valve opening stuff

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