What Makes Radiators Bang So Loudly?

What Makes Radiators Bang So Loudly?

If you hear a loud bang in the middle of the night, it is probably your radiator. But how does a hollow hunk of metal make such a loud noise?

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Sources:
http://www.reclaimedradiators.co.uk/hx.html
http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/how-to/a9680/how-to-shut-up-that-noisy-steam-radiator-16131140/
http://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/01/nyregion/home-clinic-knocking-the-noise-out-of-radiators.html

http://www.bonfe.com/blog/how-to-stop-noisy-heating-pipes-banging/
http://www.startribune.com/fixit-many-factors-cause-gurgling-radiator/14403101/
https://www.plumbcare.com/blog/2016/09/6-unusual-central-heating-noises-what-they-could-mean

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58 Responses

  1. Koala Bär says:

    First

  2. StephDRX says:

    Asking the real questions here!

    • Existenceisillusion says:

      Eric King
      I never said they didn’t. Also, no need to use all caps.

    • Eric King says:

      Existenceisillusion -YOU NEVER “REALLY SAID”ANYTHING.AND YES,IF CAP LOCK IS STUCK IN ON;YESSSSS.P.S.I ENDURED MULTIPLE TOURS IN THE PERSIAN GULF BOTH AS A CONSOLE OPERATOR AND A GUNNER’S MATE,SO WHILE YOU MAY VALUE YOUR INNATE”OPINION”,FROM A COMBAT(BEING SHOT AT AND SHOOTING BACK)STANDPOINT,YOUR POINT IS INVALID.GOOD DAY😆

    • Existenceisillusion says:

      Eric King
      I’m a combat vet. OIF, Army (not Navy, no hard feelings). I think you really misunderstood my original comment (or just didn’t click “Read more”). It was supposed to be humorous and not insulting.

    • Eric King says:

      Existenceisillusion -Thank you for your service,Brother,no matter who it is,I NEVER intend to offend.Being a fellow combatVet exponentially multiplies,and intensifies the
      emotional value of it all.P.S.-It IS by GOD’S grace that I AM HERE😆.Having worked for the US GOV (as have you,not certain of your level of imbed;I possessed a SpecializedSecClrnce.fairly common)we both know ALL’S NOT WELL.HappyNewYear!P.S.my phone finally let me turn off CAPS😆

    • Existenceisillusion says:

      Eric King
      Thank you for your service also. I, too, try to never offend. I agree being a combat vet intensifies things. Thanks, and Happy New Year for you too.

  3. Koala Bär says:

    I LOVE SCISHOW!!! ❤❤❤ Thank you so much for this educational content on YouTube!

  4. Gierom guy_does_nothing_productive says:

    Cause they like to do it so much😏

  5. Jackal Unleashed says:

    Cuz they go hard!!! Lol

  6. Existenceisillusion says:

    “If you hear a loud bang in the middle of the night, it is probably your radiator.”
    “. . . _probably_ . . . “

    • James Trotman says:

      This comment is probably right
      “. . . Probably . . .”

    • Finkel - Funk says:

      Residents in Detroit disagree.

    • Matthew Riley says:

      Existenceisillusion if you hear a loud bang in the middle of the night,
      You could
      1. Check what your neighbor is doing, especially in the basement
      2. Could be hallucinating about yourself smashing your keyboard playing cuphead
      3.zombie apocalypse?
      4.the day all gun laws are ceased
      5. Meteors, oh no it’s the end!
      6. Could be your radiator
      7. Your house might be settling

    • US says:

      Red Alert!
      Fire Futon Torpedoes!

    • Thrillbert says:

      kids around my neighbourhood have been taking to tube launchers at 2am these days

  7. Muscle Hank says:

    Radiators are for the weak

  8. Charlie Clumsy says:

    Never heard this. I live in Sweden, we have modern radiators.

  9. sogerc1 says:

    What’s with the [406] on his shirt?

  10. samramdebest says:

    wait wot your radiators use steam? our radiators have 2 connections: warm water in, slightly less warm water out. no steam.

    • TheChipmunk2008 says:

      Yeah. radiators don’t run on steam in any modern country

    • c muller says:

      Using steam is a total waste of energy: heating up water to such high temperature reduce the efficiency of the “boiler”. Also consider the risk of high temperature pipes…

  11. Wopeltinger says:

    I didn`t know that radiators could bang. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  12. [LIPINOID] says:

    I think you should give people an example of what it sounds like, so some would get an idea. Otherwise, great video!

  13. Evelyn Jeske says:

    My radiator banged while I was watching this

  14. a_kid_called_apathy says:

    My radiator bangs more than me 🙁

  15. Full Metal Haggis says:

    Never heard of a steam radiator. In the uk we have central heating where the boiler heats water that is then pumped through the closed system of pipes and radiators. They still make knocking or clunking noises but there is no steam involved.

    • Donna M. Schmid says:

      We have both types in the US… Mine happens to be steam, but many radiator systems are hot water (like yours).

  16. Gammaroid says:

    “What makes radiators bang so loudly?”

    Maybe they were just…

    In the heat of the moment…

    If you know what I mean

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  17. -King- Leek Tell says:

    Why hasn’t all bread slices evolved to be end slices because of lack of predators?

  18. EPrimeify says:

    Ever since I was young, our radiator made a banging sound frequently. I always wondered what the hell it was. It’s good to finally know what the hell it is.

  19. Erhan Burger says:

    When my radiator bangs loudly I take it as a friendly challenge and start banging my girlfriend harder.

  20. Catwow says:

    what makes my neighbors bang so loudly?

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