How to install a towel radiator

Installing a towel radiator is very much like installing a column radiator, however, with a few differences to keep in mind. This step-by-step guide will show you how it’s done and make sure you get your towel radiator up and running with little-to-no hassle at all.

First of all make sure you have:

  • An adjustable spanner
  • An electric drill
  • A pencil and some paper
  • A spirit level
  • A tape measure
  • The appropriate drill bits for the bracket fittings
  • The brackets which should have come with your radiator
  • The screw-in stoppers and spigots which also came with your radiator

With all the equipment you need to hand, check your radiator for any damage. If you’re your towel radiator is ok, make sure you have enough space in the location you want it to place the radiator and that there are feed-in pipes from your central heating that you can attach it to when you’re finished.

Make sure your central heating is turned off too and allow it to cool down for at least 30 minutes. With that done you’re ready to get fitting.

Step One

The first thing to do is to prepare the radiator. Towel radiators come with a couple of screw-in stoppers to place in the two holes at the top of the radiator. Screw these in with your adjustable spanner and, when tightly fixed, turn your radiator upside down ready for the spigots. The spigots will be the parts which will connect your radiator to the central heating and they should also attach to a lock shield valve and your chosen control valve (whether this is a thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) or a manual valve).

Taking your two spigots, wrap a PTFE sealant around each screw-in part and then screw these into the two hole at the bottom of your radiator with the adjustable spanner.

Step Two

With your radiator prepared, take two of the bracket fittings (these should be in three separate pieces each and allow you to pass them through the bars of the radiator) and place towards the top of the radiator on the same level and to either side of the radiator. Then, holding on to both of the fittings, place the radiator against the wall to judge how high you want your radiator to be.

Using the pencil, mark on the wall the middle of each fitting so you know where they’re going to go. With these marks in place, put the radiator down and grab your measuring tape. Measuring the distance between the two feed-in pipes, mark the centre between the two with the spirit level, making sure it is straight, all the way up to the top marks you made.

Step Three

With the centre between the two feed-in pipes marked, you now have to measure the distance between the two top bracket fittings. When you have done this, divide the result by two. This will give you the distance you need to measure from your centre mark to mark where your bracket fitting will need to be place. Make sure the two marking are level with each other with your spirit level.

With the markings in place, you can drill a hole into each one and then screw in the part of the fitting that will be on the inside of the radiator, making sure that they securely in place and that the two of them are still level. When the inside parts of the bracket fittings have been secured to the wall, place your radiator on to these so that it is hanging off them and then place the plugs/external parts of the bracket fittings into those attached to the wall but DO NOT fix them yet.

Step Four

When you are happy that the radiator can be supported by these brackets and that it its straight with the wall, take out the unfixed external plugs and find the other two bracket fittings for the bottom of the radiator. These should be identical to those you have just fitted.

Placing these bracket fittings as the bottom of your radiator, loosely put them in place with the plug parts inside like you did with the top brackets. Again put loosely put the plug fittings into the top brackets to hold the radiator in place and then draw around each bottom bracket at the bottom.

Step Five

Marking the centre of each of these circular markings, drill holes into the wall as you did for the top brackets and then fix in the bracket fittings as before. Making sure the radiator in-puts still align with the feed-in points and after cleaning off your pencil marks, lift your radiator on to the wall brackets and this time DO fix the external plug fittings securely.

Step Six

Make sure all the screws on your radiator brackets are secure and that the radiator is level. Then simply screw your chosen radiator valve and lock shield valve in place with the adjustable spanner. If there are any gaps then this can be fixed with copper piping measured to fill the gap between the valve and the feed-in.

At this point you can turn your central heating on and check the radiator warms up nicely and that there are no leaks. After that the job is done.