Red painted radiator
31 Oct

How to Remove a Radiator for Decorating

To carry out certain tasks on the radiator like decorating it require that it’s removed temporarily until the work is done then it can be put back. However, there is a lot of care that need to be taken if you need to do it successfully without causing yourself problems. With the right tools and the right knowledge, every homeowner is capable of this task perfectly well without damaging the radiator or injuring themselves. But, most people need to be guided through the process since they may not already have any experience doing it. Here’s a guide to help you remove the radiator for decorating:

The Required Tools

For this task, the tools you’ll need are; a radiator blood key, a fitting spanner or an adjustable spanner, a pair of adjustable grips for griping a radiator valve, towels, a sponge and a painters rolling tray. This job will be appreciably difficult for you if the pipes of your radiator going up aren’t flexible. For instance, if they’re coming out of a floor made of concrete. It’s better to ensure that the pipes are able to move a bit before staring.

What to Consider before Starting

You’ve got to start at the very beginning. Check if you have a pressurised heating system. If you’re not sure, take a look at the front of your boiler, in the airing cupboard or the loft for a little dial. Check where the dial’s pointing and then have a mental picture of it. This will be important when you’re through with the task and you need to put back the radiator on the wall. You’ll need the system depressurised. Also, you may need to add an inhibitor in a small amount. However, if yours has a tank on the loft there isn’t a need to worry about noting the pressure system.

Have the Radiator Valves Closed

The very first step is to ensure that you shut the lockshield down at the end of the radiator. To shut the valve, remember that it’s turned to the right in order to shut the valve. Once the valves are shut, use the bleed key to undo the bleed valve. The aim is to make sure that no water is coming out. Some water will normally come out but stop after about 5 minutes. When the water stops proceed to the next step.

Drain your Radiator

Here, the grips and the adjustable spanner is used for gripping the valve and slackening of the nut found on the side of the radiator with the valve. Some water should be coming out. Allow the water to completely drain out. After the water drains out, we can go on to the next step.

Remove your Radiator from the Brackets

The next thing is to work on the brackets of the radiator. Be careful to look at how the brackets are coming out because all the brackets are different for every radiator. Slacken off the other end of the radiator before attempting to fully remove it from the wall. This should be done in the exact same way we did the first pipe. Then, undo it completely. If some small amount of water comes out, it shouldn’t be a cause for alarm because it’s expected and a towel can be used to mop it. Do the bleed key up in preparation for the next stage. Be sure to have the radiator is completely drained. Once the draining is complete, pop the radiator of the clips. You can then begin decorating the radiator.

Refitting the Radiator

Putting the radiator back is just reversing the order of the process and then putting it all back. Put the radiator back onto the clips, put back the pipes on, and open up the valves, open the air bleed and then refill the radiator. If yours is a pressurised system, ensure that it’s topped up properly. You can go ahead and add some inhibitor if you want.