You’ve bought your electric radiator and now you’re raring to get it up and ready but where to start? If you’re not a DIY expert – and let’s face it, many of us aren’t! – we’ve made a list of the main dos and don’ts so you can install yours with confidence. Here’s what you need to know…
1. If you’re installing more than one, speak to an electrician
Plug-in radiators are fantastic for a quick heating fix but if you’re installing more than one, you may need to have them them hardwired by a professional. Electric radiators are high wattage appliances after all, so if you plug in too many at once, you could overload the ring main of your property. Hardwiring into a fused spur avoids this issue and is more often than not a quick and easy job for an electrician. An additional plus point for going down this route is that a hardwired finish is neater, shows less visible wiring and keeps your plug sockets free for other electricals.
2. Check whether it’s designed for a wired or plug-in fitting
Some electric heaters have to be hardwired in all instances and this is usually the case for our designer radiators because they’re built to act as a permanent source of warmth rather than a portable solution. Though it’s tempting to go online and brush up on your electrical skills, wiring a heater into the mains is not a task for a well-meaning amateur – always leave this up to a professional to make sure it’s done to code. It’s worth noting that plug-in heaters can often be hardwired but the same can’t always be said for the opposite. Hardwired products don’t come with plugs for good reason and adding a plug to them can sometimes void the warranty, so if this is something you’re considering, be sure to check beforehand whether it’s suitable for this use.
3. Pick a suitable fitting location
When choosing an installation location, common sense is key. Avoid placing your radiator somewhere its heat is going to be blocked or stifled to make sure that it’s working efficiently. Don’t place your radiator behind long curtains or furniture; instead opt for a place where it’s going to get plenty of contact with the air to keep your room toasty and warm. Also, if your heater is intended for bathroom installation, make sure that it’s suitable for this application and that it has an appropriate protection rating for exposure to water sources. If it needs to be said, bathroom installation is also a job that should be left to a professional but it’s often a quick job that won’t require a long callout.
4. Read up on the product literature
We know that leafing through a product manual isn’t quite as exciting as curling up with the latest booker prize winning novel but it is an essential bit of reading (and it won’t take as long as you think, we promise). The product manual will tell you everything you need to know about installing the model you’ve purchased, including how to use the fixtures, as well as what clearance distances need to be observed. If you’re ever unsure about anything, reading the manual is a great place to start, and once you’ve finished, you can always treat yourself with something a little more interesting to read while your radiator keeps you comfortably heated.
5. Check what’s in your wall prior to drilling
Before you get too carried away in the excitement of fitting your new heaters, it’s advisable to have a quick check of your walls so that you don’t accidentally cause damage to any pipework or wiring. A good quality handheld detector will be able to indicate the location of metal and plastic pipes, and electrical cables so you don’t unwittingly drill into them. They are a particularly useful investment if you’ve moved into a new property that’s unfamiliar. Check twice, drill once – a timeless bit of advice that won’t let you down.
6. Make sure the cable reaches the plug
Now that you’re all ready to start attaching the mounting brackets to the wall, there’s just one more step to go: double checking that the cable and plug will reach the socket. For anyone installing their heater DIY, it’s a good idea to measure up before you start drilling any holes because it’s easier to check your cable length than it is to replaster a wall.
7. Start enjoying comfortable, long-lasting heat
With these simple tips, you can have your electric radiator set up in no time, and in some instances, you can have it ready to roll in around 15 minutes. All of the electric radiators in our range come with full instructions and all of the fixtures needed for a secure wall mounted fitting. Then it’s just a matter of programming your heater so that it switches on at times when you need reliable warmth. It’s easy to install an electric radiator once you know how and it’s substantially quicker than a plumbed equivalent so browse our range of hardwired and plug-in radiators today to find the perfect fit for your project.