Replacing Radiators

It is important to inspect o­ne's heating system at a regular interval during the course of the year to find out whether or not it is required that maintenance work be performed o­n the system. o­ne thing that many owners of older homes have to replace is the radiator. Replacing a radiator is easy to do, but takes some physical exertion to accomplish. With the heavy weight of the old cast iron radiators, it is a good idea to have a helper for this job.

The first thing to do is to shut off the valve to the radiator. Second, use a pipe wrench to loosen the nut coupling the radiator to the valve. Just keep turning the nut until the coupler releases. Lift the radiator up and pull it free of the valve. When moving the new radiator into place, it is important to make sure that it is lined up straight. Taking this precaution will save o­ne from many future problems that can occur from radiators that aren't installed properly. o­ne should hand turn the nut until he is sure that the threads are lining up properly. The next step is to tighten the pipe coupler nut with the pipe wrench. Make sure to secure it nice and tight. After completing these steps, o­ne is finally ready to turn o­n the valve to check for any leaks that might have occurred during the installation.

Installing a new radiator can drastically improve the comfort level in any dwelling during the winter season. The benefit that comes from the end result of installing a new radiator is much greater than the cost of putting in the negligible amount of effort or money to get the job done. It is something that is well worth doing and that can prevent many problems stemming from the usage of an old radiator.