How to Remove a Radiator

When decorating a home you will want to get the area behind the radiator. Or you may want to replace the radiator without having to call for help. Taking the radiator down and putting it back up can seem complicated, but it can be done with some simple steps and a few tools.

What Tools Do You Need?

Before taking down the radiator, there are a few tools you will need. The simplest one is a bowl to catch the water that will need to be drained. You will also need the radiator key, also called the bleed key, and two adjustable wrenches. With these tools at hand, you are ready to remove your radiator.

To ensure that more of the draining water is caught, you can also use a paint tray to catch it. It should be shallow enough to fit under the radiator while also being big enough to catch the water. A bucket can also be used to catch the water.

Using a screwdriver and metal lubricant spray can help make removing the radiator easier. Gather up as many of the tools as you will need to remove the radiator and start the process.

Step 1: Turn Off The Heating

Turning off the heating is the first step to removing a radiator. You will want the central heating to be turned off long enough to let the system cool down. This will not only help eliminate the risk of water getting out on your floors when removing the radiator, but ensures that the water you do come in contact with is cool.

If you are removing the radiator in the winter, you will want to have another heating source set up (electric underfloor heating can work, but having a dedicated heating source is probably better if you’re having heating off for awhile). Having a space heater or another portable heat source will help keep your home warm while not running the risk of burning water.