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Heat overload...valve replacement?

Posted by Jean on October 21, 2001 at 17:28:29:

I live in a rent stabilized building built in 1922. We have gas/steam heat that is included in the rent. The building thermostat seems to be stuck at 90+ degrees (many older people in the building), and the valves in my radiators are so old that they cannot be successfully turned off (my neighbors all have the same problem). We have the windows open year-round as a result, which only adds to the problem by keeping the heat on full-power and the thermostat forever saying it's too cold... I had the super check the valves last winter, and he just said that they are turned off as much as they can be. Is the landlord under any obligation to replace old valves if we don't pay for our own heating costs? I'm on the second floor of a 3-floor building, so maybe the first floor tenants are comfortable, but the second and third floors are burning up...

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