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Install an electric towel rail

An electric towel warmer installs easily and requires little electrical knowledge. With some common tools and a little patience, you can give a little more comfort to your bathroom.

Difficulty level: Average

Tools and materials needed:

One meter,
A pencil,
A bubble level,
Scotch tape,
A screwdriver or drill with bits adapted to your wall,
A pliers to cut,
A wire stripper,
Construction gloves,
An electrician's screwdriver,
Protective glasses,
A dust mask.
An electric or mixed towel rail radiator
Anchors adapted to your wall
A domino or a quick connector.

Step 1: Prepare the radiator attachment

If the packaging of your radiator includes a laying template cut it out and put it in the location of the device. Otherwise, you can make the installation template yourself by transferring the measurements of the radiator on a cardboard that you cut.

Install an electric towel warmer.

Set the level to the spirit level, then fix the template to the wall with tape. Be careful, remember to respect the distance between the floor and the bottom of the unit as indicated in the user manual.
Drill the template at the locations of the anchor points and mark these points in the pencil on the wall, through the cardboard by drawing a cross 4 to 5 cm wide at the intersection of the markers. This makes it possible to locate the anchor points when installing the supports.
Finally, if the part includes a VMC, it is necessary to move away the radiator as much as possible, because the movement of the air hinders its good functioning
Using a drill and bits to fit the bracket, drill the wall at the markers. If the wall is full, you will sink the plugs supplied with the towel rail into the holes. If it is a hollow material (honeycomb, hollow block...), use expansion plugs adapted to the weight of the towel warmers. If necessary, do not hesitate to equip you with glasses and protective mask.
Then screw the brackets, taking care to orient the adjustment slot upwards or downwards as indicated in the instructions.

Step 2: Mount the radiator

Fit the radiator

Depending on the radiator, the mounting may differ, but in general the principle remains the same. Thus, you will screw the spacers on the back of the radiator posts in the bushings provided for this purpose. On some radiators, the spacers are directly attached to the bases.

Step 3: Fix the radiator

Fix the radiator

For this step, it is better to be two. Hold the radiator dry towel against the wall and engage its spacers in the bases.

Fix the towel dryer

Check its level with the spirit level and if necessary, play on the spacers to adjust everything.
Once the towel dryers, tighten the self-drilling screws of the radiator to lock the whole thing.

Step 4: Connect the radiator to the power grid

Start by turning off the power to your radiator.
The electrical connection of the radiator is generally carried out inside the appliance by two conductors: the phase (brown or red) and the neutral (blue). Here, it is sufficient to match the colors of the wires with those of the supply circuit. To do this, strip the ends of the wires with a pair of pliers and connect them to the circuit with either dominoes or a fast connector of the appropriate size. Attention, during this operation follow the instructions of the radiator

Connect the radiator to the mains

If necessary, do not hesitate to shorten the radiator wires.
Finally, some radiators are equipped with a third wire, the pilot wire, intended to connect to a central programming. If the radiator does not use this function, just tighten the end of the wire in the domino or in the connector.

Step 5: Connect the radiator to the central heating

If the radiator is mixed, then it can be connected to the central heating. To do this, first turn off your boiler and vent all of your heating circuit.
You will use a T-fitting kit that is compatible with the threaded inlets and outlets of the soldering or screw-in radiator.
The fitting with adjustment handle is mounted on the hot water inlet. The other, equipped with a visit cap, is placed on the return.
The inlet and outlet of the radiator are each closed by a cap that you unscrew to mount the T.

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