How to Get Rid of Radiators and Update Heating

Updated March 23, 2017

Radiators largely came into existence as a result of central heating. These appliances do a solid job of heating your entire home; however, they come with a few issues. The biggest issue involves the size of a radiator. Radiators can be massive appliances, taking up a large amount of space. Further, they can ruin a space with their aesthetic issues. You can get rid of radiators by adding an alternate means for heating your space.

Hire some help. A radiator weighs a massive amount. You likely will not be able to remove the radiator on your own. Hire a professional company to come and remove your radiator.

Remove the radiator on your own if you have the ability to do so. Turn the manual valve clockwise to shut off the radiator. Drain the drain valve into a container.

Shut off the thermostatic valve with a wrench. If you neglect to do so, it can lead to water damage or even a partial flood in your house. Cover the valve with plastic.

Unfasten the union nuts holding the radiator to the floor. Lift the radiator off its brackets. Discard the radiator or sell it.

Replace the radiator with an alternative heating method. You can install an electric fireplace or use a wood-burning fireplace as a source of heat. If you purchase a new fireplace, follow all assembly instructions carefully to ensure a safe and efficient installation.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Wrench
  • Container
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About the Author

Alex Lubyansky has been a writer since 2007. He was a research assistant for the legal publication "Feminist Jurisprudence: Volume IV" and has been published in the Education and Employment Tips section of a prominent website. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is currently a law student at DePaul University.