How to move a radiator a few inches

Most of us like to decorate our own homes once in a while but may find the position of the radiator doesn’t suit our newly planned room layout or decorated room. It is possible to move a designer radiator without affecting too much of the current room dΓ©cor. 

Can radiators be moved easily?

In short, yes. It is easier to move designer radiators a few inches than to mount it onto another wall since no new pipework will be needed. Moving a radiator may be tricky to the average homeowners, so it is advised to call a plumber to avoid damaging the radiator or risk of flooding. 

A professional plumber may also be able to advise on the suitability of the new location, the condition of pipes, or the heating system in general. 

How much does it cost to move a radiator? 

Heat radiators can cost anything between Β£150-Β£400 to move. To move it onto another wall, prices will usually start around Β£275, but if you are looking to move it only a few inches it will dramatically decrease the cost as no pipes will need to be fitted or fewer pipes need to be added.

Electric radiators are easier to move if they are plugged into the wall. It is quite simple to unplug it and switch it to a new location, providing it is not near something that will catch fire easily. If it is hardwired into the wall, it is advised to contact heating engineers. 

How long does it take to move a radiator?

Moving a radiator typically takes between 1-4 hours, says Ben, an experienced heating engineer from Darlington but if additional pipes are required, the job will generally take more time. A plumber will be able to advise on the complexity of a job upon discussion stage and it is more than likely they will come to your house to check the current location of the radiator and whether it is advisable to move a radiator to your desired location. 

Should I move a radiator myself?

It is strongly recommended that a professional plumber is contacted to move a radiator as incorrect movement of the radiator could damage it, the central heating system including the wall and brackets. You could even risk water damage, need a new boiler or cause flooding in the home.

What’s the process of moving heating radiators?

Most of the radiators in our homes are central heating radiators connected to a standard or combi boiler. If this is the case for your home, then the process can be followed below, though it is highly recommended to contact a professional plumber.

  • Turn the water mains off and drain the radiator
  • Line the floor with cloths and towels to protect it in case of any leaks 
  • Loosen pipe connections and cap the pipework
  • Covering up or hiding the pipes
  • Unscrew the radiator and remove the wall brackets, replacing any in poor condition
  • Fix the wall brackets to the new location
  • Attach the radiator to the new location and make sure it is fastened securely
  • Connect the radiator to the existing pipework or install new pipework if further away
  • Refill the system, apply the correct pressure and check for any leaks or trapped air 

Things to consider when moving a radiator

There are always factors to consider before committing yourself to a big project. You may have questions to help you make a decision, so feel free to speak to tradespeople or an advice centre if you want some feedback first. You may also benefit by doing some research, reading forums and posts. Below are just a number of things you may want to consider before moving a radiator.

Type of radiator

There are two main types of radiators; electric radiators and central heating radiators. In general, electric radiators are easier to move, particularly if they plug into a wall socket.

Radiator size

Don’t forget to measure the size of your radiator and allocate enough space for it in the new location. For example, will the new position be too close to the floor, or will it be right behind a door? 

New position

Radiators are generally fitted under a window, with no obstruction to other furniture. Ideally, this will be in the coldest part of the room. 

Check where water pipes are located

If you decide you want to move your radiator more than a few inches, it is possible that you may need to extend the existing pipework. This will cost more and result in more work. 

Bleed the system

It will cost around Β£50-Β£75 to bleed the system, but this removes any trapped air bubbles and ensures the heat is evenly distributed throughout the radiator.

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