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You want to repaint a room and the radiator embarrasses you or you simply want to replace it with a contemporary model... Whatever your reasons, you need to know how to disassemble. Here are some helpful tips for the operation does not heat your mind.

How to disassemble a radiator

How to disassemble a radiator

Study your radiator before dismantling it

Before you start any operation, identify the type of radiator as well as each part that composes it. Most radiators are water, only the material changes. The oldest are cast iron. In this case plan to be two to move it, its weight is consistent.

Locate the control valve, located at the top left of the radiator. Standard or thermostatic, it allows you to choose the temperature of the radiator. Then identify the radiator trap, always at the top, the opposite.

Finally follow the tips to find the water inlet and return valve to the boiler at the bottom right or left of the radiator. That's what we call the tee or elbow adjustment. It is attached to the radiator by a hexagonal nut.

These locations lead you to choose the right tools:

  • An Allen key (six-sided) for the adjustment tee
  • A purge key
  • A pliers power strip.
  • A cap and tape.

The various steps to disassemble and reassemble a radiator

Before removing the radiator it is essential to empty it of its water.

  • Unscrew the regulating valve and put it in the closed position.
  • Loosen the bleed screw located opposite the radiator.
  • Place a basin under the water return valve.
  • Unscrew the return valve and allow the water to drain.
  • Once all the water has drained, detach your radiator from its location by releasing it from its rear brackets to take it off the wall completely
  • To prevent a residue of water from coming out, place an adhesive tape at the water tap and a plug at the outlet.

To replace your water heater, do the following:

  • Put your water heater back on the support dedicated to it.
  • Re-tighten the nuts of the water inlet and return valves.
  • Also, screw in the temperature control valve and put in the ignition position.
  • Open the water inlet valve and close the bleed screw while the radiator is filling.
  • Place a container under the bleed screw and gently re-open the adjusting tee to let the stored air out. Then close.