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Installing a Radiator

Who should install the radiators?

Our central heating radiators should be installed by a competent plumber or heating engineer. Our electric radiators should be installed by a qualified electrician.

Where should I position my radiators?

Radiators are usually positioned in the coldest part of the room, often against an outside wall or under a window, where the cold air drops to the floor. However, you can position them wherever suits your room design. For example, if you have full length curtains, then the radiators should not be placed under the windows as much of the heat will be shut behind the curtains when they are closed.

With so many different sized radiators now available (tall and slim, low and long etc), there are likely to be several possible places where you could put your radiators. For example, in a kitchen where most available wall space has been taken up by units, the best solution may be a tall slim radiator to fit behind the door or fill a space that you previously considered unusable. Positioning of radiators may also be used to make a feature, for example, by placing two identical radiators symmetrically, one each side of an entrance or window.

Can I choose whether to hang the radiator horizontally or vertically?

Some of our radiators can be hung horizontally or vertically, but the majority are designed for hanging one way only.

Can I put the pipework in place ahead of receiving the actual radiators?

Yes, we can provide accurate pipe centre measurements for most of our radiators, which means you can go ahead and have your pipework installed (and floor laid) and connect the radiators later.

My installation is already in progress but I have to wait a few weeks for my radiators, what can I do? We can provide accurate pipe centre measurements for most of our radiators, which will enable you to go ahead and have the pipework installed. The radiator can be connected later.

Is there anything else I should be aware of during installation?

The most important thing is to follow any instructions supplied with the radiator. Failure to do so could invalidate the manufacturer’s guarantee. If there are no instructions included with the delivery, please contact us and we will supply some.

Your designer radiators must be installed by a qualified plumber and should be a process your installer should be fully aware of. This means on completion of installation, the system should be properly flushed and filled to remove debris and minimize the presence of solid particles and chemical residue that may cause corrosion and damage within the system. Corrosion inhibitor should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations and should take into account the particular metals within the system.

Any tips for fitting valves?

Wrap at least five turns of PTFE tape around the threaded tails of the valves to help seal the joint between the tail and the radiator at the valve connection point. Make sure the PTFE tape is embedded into the thread (to secure it in place) before turning. If it is not secure it could run round and round in which case undo the valve and roughen the thread slightly with a hacksaw blade then re-tape the thread.