Electric Towel Rail Radiator Element – Plumbing Tips
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This video covers the basics of how an electric heated towel rail or radiator works. We cover the two types of installation, duel fuel and standard system. We cover how to fill up a radiator after it’s installed. We finally show you a new method of how to control an electric towel radators’s temperature and times using the Drayton Instat 868.
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Hold tight! And welcome to today’s plumberparts.co.uk video. Today is gonna be a really sexy video all about radiator elements, OK. So you’ve probably seen out at the market you can get dual fuel towel rails. And if you stumbled by this video thinking what shall I have when you’re redoing your shower or whatever, and you’re thinking about putting a new towel rail in, well see this as a bit of a guide as to how they work and what they do. You can also have towel rails that are just on the electrics and, obviously, you can also have them so they’re just on your heating system. What I’m going to do is show you today how to instal one that is just on the electrics. But if you wanted to convert it over to the heating system it’s so, so easy, we’ll draw you a little diagram and then you’ll know exactly what to do. So, anyway, the advantages obviously of having a dual fuel towel rail are: Basically have a nice warm towel rail. In the Summertime, OK, when you still wanna dry your towels out, you just have that on the electrics, OK. That’ll heat your towels up but you don’t have to have your whole heating system on with the boiler bashing away, making the whole house really hot, which is really, really annoying. So that’s the first thing, that’s really, really cool. The second thing is obviously the versatility of being able to have two types of heating supply, that’s really, really good as well. The slight downside, and I’m actually going to address it now when we instal it on this rad here, is that if you wanted to use one of these in a room to actually ambiently heat the room up, which is what we’re going to use this for now, it would basically not work very well because you don’t have that thermostatic, room-sensing temperature. So it’s kinda funny that a few weeks ago we were asked by one of our viewers, on the “Ask the Plumber” videos that we do, that they’re gonna be installing one of these element heaters and they wanted to know how do you thermostatically control, and also have like a programmable timing for one of these radiators to come on and off? Basically, I posed this question to our sponsors at Drayton and they said that they do have a product that can actually switch the supply on and off using a wireless room thermostat. So we’re gonna show you as well, not only how to instal one of these, not only the principal of how they work, but we’re even gonna give you that extra bit of knowledge that if you want to have a programmable stat on it and have it actually, you know, sensing the room temperature then you’re gonna be able to do that as well. So I hope you enjoy today’s video. If I get a chance, I’ll see if I can get George, my cat, out of bed to come along cause he always loves a good video, as you all know. So I hope you enjoy it and remember everyone, what you gotta do? (claps hands) You gotta hold tight!
So, number one, we’ve got an absolutely beautiful radiator here. Seriously, I’m not name-dropping when I say it but this radiator was donated to us by our other sponsors Trade Radiators and we actually made a video for them in particular to use on their website about this radiator here. So if you wanna go and watch that video, pop over to their website or go to their YouTube channel. I’ll leave a link to that in the description below. And also, I’ll leave a link to the Drayton controls that we’re going to instal in this video too. What you have, the great thing about a column radiator like this, especially if you’re trying to demonstrate the heating capabilities of a towel rail, is the fact that you can put an element all the way along the bottom of it in exactly the same way as you would up the side of one of your normal towel rails. Basically, what we’re gonna do is we are going to slack it off and take out where you would usually have your valve, OK. And then we’re going to put our element all the way down the centre of here and basically get it nicely tightened up.