How to remove a radiator

How to remove a radiator
Two different types of radiator valves

How to remove a radiator in your home.

This is among the most common requested services by customer’s, this usually occurs whenever refurbishments are about to take place. The removal of a radiator can be a straight forward procedure as long as everything goes to plan. What is essential before you attempt to remove radiator a is to isolate the water. This can be done by shutting down the valves on either side of the radiator. The these two valves are usually different, one controls the circulation and the other is used to regulate the temperature. There is no specific sequence to the installation of these valves i.e. left to right. Modern radiator valves are manufacture to allow duo flow, the flow of water can came from either side.

The temperature control valve is often abbreviated using the phrase trv this stands for thermostatic radiator valve. By twisting the valve clockwise this will adjust the settings from 5 to 0, 0 represents the closed position. A lockshield valve control’s flow crucial to the balance of a central heating system.

This valve should only be adjusted to assist heat distribution or water isolation for maintenance. Due to the lockshields infrequency use, whenever it is adjusted,  this movement could create a miner leak.  Seizure is quite common depending on that age of the valve.  This makes them more susceptible when force is applied. Adjusting this valve to the close position will prevent the water from entering into the radiator.

How to ensure isolation before removing the radiator.

This is a fundamental aspect of how to remove a radiator without experiencing excessive water leakage. Ensure that you have a suitable container in place to capture the water whilst draining down. There are two compression joints on either side of a radiator that connect the valve to the radiator.

These securing joints most be carefully loosened but not disconnected. The reason for this is control, do not disconnect until the central heating water supply has been drained from the radiator. By using a radiator bleed key to open the bleed valve, will help you to remove the excess water trapped inside the radiator. Only after the water as been completely removed can the connections either side be disconnected.  To remove the radiator from the supporting brackets,  an extra pair of hands may be required. Close bleed valve and plug openings here radiator valves were previously fitted. This will prevent radiator sludge staining carpets and floors.

Reconnect a radiator to the existing wall brackets and pipes.

The removal of a radiator is phase 1 this is always followed up by a repositioning or reinstallation into the original location. The relocalcation will need new pipework installation to accommodate the new . Nevertheless what is important if reinstalling a radiator back to the original position. Is not to remove the radiator brackets without marking out the precise position.

After carefully replaced the radiator onto brackets the central heating connecting pipes will slot exacting back into position. Radiators can contain from 0.1 to 6 litres of water after carefully reconnecting each valve. The previously drained off water will need to be replenished. This can be accomplished by opening up the valves. The system will experiance a decrease in pressure, this can be topped up via a filling loop depending upon the heating system. Remove air from re-established radiator by opening the bleed valve.

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