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Bathroom Heated Towel Rail Radiator Replacement

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by odin444, 12 Apr 2016.

  1. odin444

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    Hi all!

    Just joined up today as looking through some of the articles the knowledge base seems awesome.

    I am looking to get some advice on whether it would be possible to replace our current towel rail radiator in our bathroom with a larger one. No idea if this is possible or would this require completely different sized fixtures/pipe work etc.. to accomodate the larger radiator?

    The current radiator only ever gets luke warm so we wanted something with a bit more kick. Failing that, is it possible to get replacement valves for these as both were missing when we moved in?

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    Thanks a lot for any help or advice you can offer
     
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  3. endecotp

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    First work out why it only gets luke warm. Do other radiators get hotter? Are the vavles open?
     
  4. odin444

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    QUOTE="endecotp, post: 3629864, member: 212016"]First work out why it only gets luke warm. Do other radiators get hotter? Are the vavles open?[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for getting back to me endecotp. Yeah
    the valves fully open. Other radiators are hot and this one is to touch but just doesn't seem to heat the bathroom
     
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    Have you tried bleeding the radiator?
     
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    Towel radiators will heat / dry towels but not really heat a room.
    Look for towel radiators of similar dimensions and see what their power outputs are (I would look in the screwfix catalogue).
    Consider replacing it with a normal radiator.
    A taller towel radiator of the same width would be reasonably easy to fix.
     
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    I agree with endecotp, towel warmers (to give them their more appropriate name) when uncovered, emit less than one third of the heat of a single radiator of the same size. This is then reduced even further when they are covered with insulation (towels)

    But your info is confusing:
    If the radiator is only luke warm, then you will need to investigate the associated plumbing.
     
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  9. odin444

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    That's great. Thanks for the responses guys. Endecotp, think that's the information I was looking for and seems to add up with the lack of heat in what is a tiny bathroom. I'll investigate this route further
     
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    You need to find out why your existing towl rail is not hot first other wise a new rad wont be any different
     
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