How to Remove a Radiator

There are lots of reasons why you might want to remove a radiator: decorating, replacing the radiator itself, flushing out the central heating, or even just to clean behind it.

Here at A Fancy Home, we believe that no matter the reason, if you want to remove a radiator, it shouldn’t be out of your DIY parameters. So, we put together this ‘how to’ guide!

To remove a radiator:

remove a radiator

You Will Need:

  1. A spanner
  2. A bleed nipple
  3. A large pan or similar to catch water coming from the radiator

Step 1: Preparing the Radiator

Before doing anything lay dust sheets or some form of protective sheeting underneath the radiator that you’re removing – you’ll thank us later!

Every radiator has two valves, one to let the water in and one to let out again. You will need to turn these via a clockwise motion.

Step 2: Drain the Radiator

Now, with your pan underneath what you’re doing, undo the nut on the left side of the radiator (the nut is between the valve and the radiator). Water may start to come out of the heater that you can catch with your pan as you separate the radiator from the pipe.

Let your container to fill with water, allowing the whole of the initial flow to drain away. It may pay to have some old towels to hand just in case there’s more water than you’re expecting!

Step 3: Bleed the Radiator

Plumber bleeding a radiator valve

You will need to bleed the radiator using the bleed nipple tool. This will allow some air into the heater and should increase the flow of water coming out at the bottom.

(Removing the bleed nipples completely will speed up the emptying process even further, so you can remove a radiator quicker. However, don’t forget to put them back afterwards.)

Step 4: Remove a Radiator

Once drained and bleed, it’s time to remove the radiator. You will also need to remove the nut at the other side of the radiator, this will need to be turned in the opposite direction to the first one (i.e anticlockwise this time).

Again, place your container underneath the nut; this is just in case there is any water left at this side. Now both pipes are disconnected you are in a position to lift the heater from its stand, which it is simply sitting in, no further disconnections should be required.

Plumber installing or removing a central heating radiator.

If the radiator still contains some liquid and staining the carpet worries you; once disconnected from the nuts on both sides you should be able to carefully tilt the radiator to one side – this will drain it further so that it is completely empty before removing.

Here you have your radiator, separated from the wall.

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