In preparation for having some of our rooms plastered, one of the things we’ve had to do is remove some of our radiators. Surprisingly removing a radiator is actually a really easy and quick thing to do – if you know how.
This is what you will need:
- 2 pipe wrenches or adjustable spanner
- Compression cap
- Bowl & bucket
- Towels or cloths – just in case
- Radiator key
This is how to do it:
#1 Get prepared. Start by turning off your heating and the water cool down. Then get your tools prepared so they’re all within easy reach.
#2 Start by turning off the thermostatic control valve.
#3 Now remove the plastic cap off the lock shield valve and turn the little spindle inside it clockwise.
#4 Using one of the spanners, hold the thermostatic valve in place and use the second spanner to loosen the nut that holds the valve onto the radiator. Have your bowl ready – water will start pouring out of the radiator as soon as it’s loose.
#5 Now it’s just a matter of waiting till all of the water has run out of the radiator. The amount of water in the radiator will be much too much for your little bowl, so this is where the larger bucket comes in handy. Just keep emptying the bowl into the bucket until there’s no more water coming out of the radiator. You’ll obviously have to pop your finger on the opening that the water is coming out of before moving your bowl! When the flow of water starts to slow, use the radiator key to let some more air into the radiator. Adding air will help the water in the radiator flow out faster.
#6 When the water has finally stopped flowing you can loosen the radiator on the other side. Use the same method as before – hold the lock shield valve in place with one spanner and loosen the nut with the other. Be careful, as there will still be some water in the radiator. Always have your bowl and towel to hand!
#8 All that’s left to do is to carefully lift the radiator of the wall and empty the remaining water into the bucket.
#9 To make sure that no water can escape when your radiator is off the wall (especially if you’re leaving it off for a while) screw a compression cap to the side with the thermostatic valve.
That’s all there is to it. It’s such an easy job that probably took about 20 minutes to complete and – as DIYers – it’s definitely something we’d recommend two people doing as it just makes life much easier when emptying the bowl.
Have you ever removed a radiator? Have you ever tackled a project that turned out to be much easier than you expected?