How to remove a radiator

How to remove a radiator

Are you decorating walls in your house and need to remove a radiator or two, to allow you to paint behind them? Or, maybe you’ve damaged your current radiator and you need to replace it? Whatever the reason may be, the Handy Squad has created this guide to help you remove your radiator safely, without damaging your walls, floor or the radiator itself.

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Ready to remove your radiator? The job should take around half an hour, but allocate some extra time, as you won’t want to rush. Here’s the Handy Squad’s guide on how to remove a radiator.

Gather your equipment

Before you can start the removal, you need to make sure you have the correct tools and equipment to complete the job. You should grab a radiator bleed key, an adjustable spanner, a pair of grips, tissue paper, a large bowl and two towels. If possible, use towels that you don’t mind getting dirty, as you will be putting them directly on the floor.

Turn off the radiator

Start by turning off the radiator, isolating it from the rest of your central heating. You can do this by turning the valves fully clockwise.

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Protect your floor

Place your two towels underneath your radiator valves and place the bowl on top. The aim is to protect your floor from any water that falls from your radiator.

Drain the water

Using your adjustable spanner and grips, slowly undo the radiator valve nut. Be careful, as the water will begin to leak out. Use the bowl to catch the water and allow it to fully drain.

To get the last little bit of water out, place your bleed key in the valve and turn anti-clockwise. This will open the bleed valve, making it easier for the last drops of water to escape.

Once all the water is out, close the bleed valve by turning the key clockwise.

Remove any remaining water

Move to the other side of the radiator and use your spanner to undo the valve nut.

Then, carefully lift the radiator from the securing brackets and tip any remaining water into the bowl. You may need some help lifting the radiator, so be sure to ask a friend before attempting it yourself, as you don’t want to damage anything. Once all the water is out, place the radiator back on the wall briefly.

Need someone to help you with moving furniture, including moving your radiator? Why not enlist the help of a trusted handyman from the Handy Squad?

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Block up the valve inlets and remove the radiator

Using tissue paper, block up the radiator valve inlets to ensure that no water leaks onto your floor.

With the help of a friend, lift the radiator out of the brackets and away from the wall.

Put your radiator back

Once you have finished decorating, or have acquired your new radiator, it’s time to connect it to the wall. Once it’s on the brackets and reconnected to the valves and pipework, make sure that you fully open the valves by turning them clockwise.

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Don’t forget to refill your radiator!

We hope that this guide has helped you learn exactly how to remove your radiator. If you still need help, why not get one of our handymen to help?

To learn more about the Handy Squad and what we offer, contact our team today by calling 0800-0-12-12-12. We have carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other tradespeople who are ready and eager to help you with your next project.




At the Handy Squad, we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed

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