How to Get Rid of Radiators and Update Heating

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How to Get Rid of Radiators and Update Heating
You can replace your radiator with an alternate heat source. (Flame of a fire and fire wood in fireplace image by Aliaksandr Zabudzko from

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.

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Things you need

  • Plastic bag
  • Wrench
  • Container

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    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

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