How to Electrify Your Towel Rails

With winter setting in, your attention might well be drawn to the heating solutions around your home, making sure what you have is adequate and performing any last-minute maintenance that might be required. One little task that you might want to carry out is all about the flexibility and functionality of your heating system.

Now, flexibility is an always-desirable quality when it comes to anything in your life. This includes designing your home’s rooms but doesn’t include the floor – you’re going to want that to stay rigid and strong! Here though, we fill you in on how to make your bathroom towel rails electric. More specifically, and to increase the options available to you, this guide will tell you how to convert a central heating radiator to a brilliantly useful dual fuel heated towel rail.

1)      The first thing to do is prepare. Make sure you buy an element of suitable output to match the radiator, as there is no point in installing it if it is going to leave your rail underpowered. Also, get a blanking plug. You’ll need one of those.

2)     Drain and remove the unit from the wall.

3)     Locate the entry points at the bottom of your rail. You can install on either side, but most people tend to go with the right side. Do away with any valves and push the element into the radiator unit. Screw it into place.

4)     Fit the other entry point with a blanking plug. With this and the element, use thread seal tape.

5)     Fill the radiator with water from the top, moving it to guarantee any rails are adequately filled and leaving a gap of at least an inch at the top. 

6)     Fit the radiator to the wall, using the supplied fixtures and fittings. If you’ve gone to a rubbish supplier, add ‘get fixtures and fittings’ to point one!

7)     Wire the element to a fused spur. This might be something for an electrician to take on if you’re not comfortable. Safety is paramount.

8)     Turn on the element and allow the water to heat through thoroughly. As the top will still be open, the water can expand into the gap you left. Clever you.

9)     Once you’ve completed the above, fit the bleed valve. Once more, use thread seal tape for a firm fit.

10) Sit back with a brew and admire your handiwork. If you’re particularly boastful, bring neighbours and friends around on a pretext to show them your new electric radiator.


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