Restored Vintage Radiators - Somerville MA - A1 New and Used Plumbing and Heating I'm a big fan of steam heat. It's a wonderful even heat that adds some moisture to the dry New England winter air. Some people have misgivings about steam heat - usually stemming from a poorly maintained system in an apartment they once rented. When steam radiators are pitched incorrectly loud knocking can result. It's an easily fixed problem that many a landlord fails to attend to. As a homeowner I've never had any problems with my steam radiators that a plumber couldn't address.
And while I'm partial to steam, hot water radiators also provide a very even heat. The easiest way to tell if a radiator is for hot water or for steam is to look for a torpedo-shaped valve, about 2-3 inches high on one side of the radiator. Find one - you've got steam heat. No valve - it's a hot water radiator.
If you're searching for a new radiator to replace a broken one, or need to add another radiator to your system, or simply want to add some real pizazz to your antique home by trading up to some truly beautiful radiators - A1 New and Used Plumbing and Heating on Prospect Street in Somerville Massachusetts is the place to go.
Even if you're not in the market for an antique radiator you can't help but notice A1's office as you come into Union Square. The shop is across the street from Dunkin Donuts and the rows of radiators lining the driveway are hard to miss. Or perhaps you read about the shop in Yankee Magazine or saw Fran on This Old House.
Fran Fahey opened A1 New and Used Plumbing and Heating 29 years ago. Today his huge collection of antique radiators is a treasure trove and one of the best places in the US to get restored vintage radiators. Stroll around the jam-packed yard and you'll see beautiful, ornately decorated radiators in many sizes and shapes, more utilitarian radiators both new and old, and some very unusual,extraordinary examples as well. It's a delight for any fan of architectural salvage.
A1 New and Used Plumbing and Heating restores and refinishes antique hot water and steam radiators. They also carry radiator fittings and controls, radiator valves, and the antique wood knobs for the valves. Pictures here show a restored vintage radiator and another with a variety of finishes on the fins. The gorgeous detail on the radiators pops with the restored or enhanced finish.
Fahey advises homeowners to visit the shop with their plumber or contractor. Replacing or adding a radiator is a complicated endeavor that's probably outside the scope of the DIYer. Involving your contractor or plumber will ensure that you get the right radiators for your house and heating system.
A1 New and Used Plumbing and Heating is located at 30 Prospect Street, Somerville MA 02143 and is open Tuesday - Friday from 8am to 4pm and on Saturday from 9am to 2 pm.
Restored Vintage Radiators - Somerville MA was written by Elizabeth Bolton, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker who works with buyers and sellers of houses and condos - old and new - in Cambridge, Somerville, and nearby towns. Read more by Liz in her real estate blog.