Best Radiator Valves and Thermostat Radiator Valves (TRV)

Introduction

In this article we will approach our selection and review from a different view point. All valves will fail at some point in time, either due to mechanical failure or poor quality system water. Some valves are more durable than others. There are however some valves that are repairable using a tool on the live system. It is these valves we will focus on, as well as combined with general reliability. We will also talk about market leaders, new innovative valves and overall best valves in our opinion going forward.

Common problems with TRVs and radiator valves

– Leaking glands
– Broken shafts.
– TRV pins that have stopped moving properly or internals are not functioning properly

TRV valves that are repairable using an a valve repair / service tool

video shows how certain valves are compatible with removal tools. In the video below, it shows how certain valves are compatible with removal tools. For this video we have used an IMI valve removal tool on a Altecnic/ Caleffi TRV.

Show below is a table showing popular TRVs and the availability of repair tools as well as compatibility with the IMI tool.

BrandModelRepair Tool availableCompatible with IMI Radiator valve removal toolNotes
Altecnic Ecocal YesYesAltecnic / Caleffi have their own service tool.
Drayton RT212YesNoThis TRV has it's own gland replacement tool, possible to do without draining down.
- Drayton TRV replacement gland seal kit (0735009)
- Includes 2 gland seals and a pre-setting / balancing key (0735162)
DraytonTRV4YesNoThis TRV has it's own gland replacement tool, possible to do without draining down.
- Drayton TRV replacement gland seal kit (0735009)
- Includes 2 gland seals and a pre-setting / balancing key (0735162)
HoneywellValencia V120YesYesHoneywell service tool
- VA8200A001 TRV Service tool
HoneywellV117eNoNoHoneywell service tool
- VA8200A001 TRV Service tool
IMIEclipseYesYes
IMI CalypsoYesYes
PeglerBelmont IIIYesYes
PeglerTerrierNoNo

Our top picks

Honeywell TRVs that can be used with a service tool
Honeywell Radiator valves that have a thick stem as well as solid gland nut that can be tightened if necessary.
IMI TRVs have replaceable inserts and their lockshields have a very solid design that is tamper resistant.

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