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Heating - Cooling

Important Information - Read First

If you are having difficulty with the heating or cooling system in your room please follow these instructions before notifying your Area Director or Maintenance.

  • Do not put anything in front of your heater. Your heater requires air movement to work properly. Cold air goes in the bottom of the heater, passes over the convector coils inside the cover and is discharged through the upper register. Therefore, it is very important to keep these openings and registers clear. Don't push your bed, blankets, laundry, or anything against the heaters. The heat simply will not work if you block the openings.
  • Windows that are open or not completely shut are frequently a source of cold rooms. If heat is coming out of your heater and the room is still cold, the window(s) may not be sealed properly. If you need help with drafty windows, call Maintenance.
  • When you call about a maintenance problem, make sure to include as many details as possible. Details include your building, floor, room number, and the specific problem. Avoid things like "the heater is not operating properly". The more information Maintenance has, the faster the problem can be remedied.
  • If there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed over the weekend or at night, please contact Campus Safety and Security (1400) after notifying the Area Director on duty and your Residential Assistant.

Instructions for Each Residence Hall

Barrett Hall

There is a hand valve in each room that controls heat. The valve handle sticks through the radiator cover. To set your room temperature, turn the handle with very small changes until the room is comfortable. To reduce the heat, turn the handle clockwise. To increase the heat, turn the handle counter-clockwise.

Bundy Hall

There are control knobs on each radiator within each room. There are arrows on the control knobs that indicate Warmer (#5) or Cooler (#1). Adjust this knob until your room is comfortable. Most find that a setting of 3 is the best. Some of the knobs are difficult to find, so look around the entire radiator. The windows in Bundy sometimes are difficult to close. Please make sure that the window is shut before calling Maintenance.

Earlham Hall

Room heat is controlled by flappers or doors inside the heater covers. A knob sticks through each section of the radiator cover. To reduce your heat, turn the handle clockwise. To increase your heat, turn the handle counter-clockwise. To set your room temperature, turn the handle with very small changes, until the room is comfortable.

Hoerner Hall

There is a hand valve in each room that controls the heat. The valve is located under the desk and closest to the center of the building. To reduce your heat, turn the handle clockwise. To increase heat, turn the handle counter-clockwise. To set the room temperature, turn the handle with very small changes, until the room is comfortable.

Olvey-Andis Hall

There is a thermostat in each room that controls the heat. The thermostat is located on the wall at various locations in each room. To adjust the temperature, move the black plastic knob on the bottom of the thermostat. If the thermostat does not have the knob, call Maintenance and request a new thermostat. You might notice a hissing sound when the thermostat is adjusted. This is a normal sound; do not be concerned.

Warren and Wilson Halls

Warren and Wilson are the only two residence halls at Earlham that have central cooling. These buildings have changeover thermostats. That means the thermostats have to change from heating to cooling as the seasons change. If the ventilation unit in the room is providing cold air (in the heating season) or hot air (in the cooling season), turn the thermostat to the opposite stop (all the way to cool or heat). This will allow the control valve to open and allow water to flow. When the sensor detects the water temperature, it will changeover the thermostat to the correct mode. When the correct air temperature (hot or cold) begins to flow out of the vent, you can set the thermostat wherever you want.

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