Quick Tips and Tricks on How to Remove Baseboard Heater
So you noticed that your room has become quite chilly lately. Your baseboard heater doesn’t seem to work as it supposes to anymore. This means it’s probably damaged or needs to be maintained. Either way, you will need to know how to remove the baseboard heater for inspection. The only question now is how to remove it.
If you never do this before then you are in luck, this article will provide you with just a way to remove the heater yourself without having to call anyone.
As you may already know, baseboard heater is a machine that generates heat which mostly placed in certain rooms of the house. It comes in many lengths and utilizes several ways to create a warm atmosphere. But due to the environment or simply time, the baseboard heater may no longer fulfill its task.
This is when you need to replace the heater or send it for repair which all demands a removal. Below is a simple step – by – step instruction on how to this quickly, efficiently and safely.
Follow it closely and you will have little trouble solving this issue.
What you will need
In order to remove the baseboard heater in an appropriate and safe manner, you are going to need several tools. Nothing special though, you can find all of them in your tool bags for electricians or around your house.
• Pipe wrench
• Wire cutter
• Insulation tape and gloves.
You should pick the glove that can protect you from heat and electric discharge.
Step by step instructions
Step 1: Determine the kind of baseboard heater
There are two types of baseboard heaters: Hot water and electric. As the name suggests, the “Hot Water” baseboard heater is powered by a stream of hot water that goes around your house in a loop while the “Electric” type uses electric to generate heat. The point of this process is cut off the source and make sure the baseboard heater has been shut down completely before you remove them
For the “Hot Water” type, you need to consider if you want to remove the entire system or just simply several heaters. If you want to go with the latter then just turn off the valve next to the heater but if you want to remove the entire system, you probably need to recheck your entire pipes network and decide where to start dismantling the hot water system.
Do remember that these pipes are extremely hot so be careful at all time. After you have cut off the water, leave them for 24hr before you proceed to remove the heater.
The “Electric” type is easier to shut down. It’s usually got a button under it or you can shut down the breaker of that section of the house just to be safe. And now just in case, put on the electrical gloves and rubber sandal when you operate on the heater.
Step 2: The removal
The removal of baseboard heater depends a lot on the kind of heater you are using. The “Hot water” type and the “Electric” type have different methods to remove them and will be present separately below.
• How to remove baseboard heater “Hot water” type.
After you have turned off the valve or disconnected the pipes, exam to see if there is any water left in the heater before you proceed to remove it. After that, unscrew the heater cover and put it aside. Then lift the heater up by the edge and prop them on a block.
Now you will need to use the saw and wrenches to secure the supply pipe and the return pipe then cut through both of them. If you simply want to remove one or several heaters and retain the system then just connect the pipes together or to the next heater. Otherwise just rip off everything.
• Remove baseboard heater “Electric” type.
Make sure that the power to the heater is off then removes the heater side cover. You will need to sever the wire connection here but as a precaution, use an electrical tester to determine if is safe to cut the wires. After that, tape the wires and stuff them back into the wall.
Now trace the wire that connects the heater and the breaker and cut them off as well. If you want to replace or temporary remove the heater, remember to label the wires so as you can conveniently reconnect them with the heater later. But if you up for a permanent removal then just yank them out.
Step 3: Recycle
After you have completely removed the heater and their associated accessories, there are several ways to reuse them which will help you save a considerable amount of money if you determine that you no longer need this heater.
The “Hot water” heater utilizes a lot of copper in its components and the connecting pipes, all can be put to serve other needs in your house or get you back a good sum of cash at the scrap metal yard. The “Electric” type also contains lots of metals and wires, this means it will get you a good price selling it for scraps as well.
Below is a video that should give more tips on how to remove baseboard heater
If you intend to reinstall a new baseboard heater, you can easily use the parts of the one you just removed if they fit with each other to reduce the expenses. But remember to exam the heaters specifications carefully so as not to mismatch them which may reduce their effectiveness or even lead to unfortunate accidents.
In some cases, the warranty of the recently installed heater may be voided if you put in unoriginal parts so consider all of them before putting the old and new parts together.
And that covers most of the basics, you can remove any current models of baseboard heaters by following the instructions above. But be on guard, the heater is usually very hot or may even shock you with electric so handle them with care. Some baseboard heaters in humid rooms may even develop mold after some time so it’s probably a good idea to wear a facemask when you attempt to remove it.
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