Cost Of Moving a Radiator
Typical Cost of Moving a Radiator
Moving a radiator or installing a new radiator is a job which is most often required when renovating or extending a home. But occasionally, adding a radiator can be done as a stand-alone job where the homeowner feels the current number of radiators is insufficient. Although adding a radiator can be done as a DIY project it is highly recommended that you hire a plumber to do the work for you and ensure that your central heating system is up to the job.
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Cost Of Moving A Radiator
|Job Description||Duration||Material Cost||Labour Cost|
|Move a radiator||2 hours||£50||£100|
|Add a radiator||3 to 4 hours||£120||£160|
|Bleed a radiator||30 minutes||£5||£50|
All of the above costs and durations are averages only and will vary depending upon location, complexity of job, etc.
Things To Consider When Moving A Radiator
When considering adding a radiator you will need to work out the correct size required (or your plumber will). If doing this job yourself, then the correct radiator size can be established using the radiator rating and the size of the room. In addition, you need to ensure that the existing boiler has sufficient capacity to run the additional radiator. Again this is something that is best left to a professional plumber. Modern radiators come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can be fitted almost anywhere in the room, but it makes the most sense to position them under windows or at least in areas where they will not be obstructed by heavy furniture.
A decent plumber will be able to assess your existing central heating system, identify the correct type and size of radiator and also to discuss with you the best possible location. Once the new radiator has been installed your plumber can then test the central heating system and also bleed the new radiator as required. When installing a new radiator you should consider where the existing water pipes are located. It’s much easier to fit new radiator to existing pipework than to install new pipework to a new location. Remember that if you want the new pipes to be neat and come up from the floor, then the floor will have to be lifted which will add to the work and costs.
Doing it Yourself
Adding a new radiator or even changing the position of the radiator is usually a fairly straightforward job which can be tackled by an experienced DIY enthusiast – although hiring a professional plumber is always recommended unless you are very confident in your abilities. But one of the first things you need to consider is your existing boiler capacity. The maximum output of your boiler may not be sufficient to run an additional radiator so this first of all needs to be checked. If installing a radiator at a DIY project in a new location then try, whenever possible, to install the new near existing pipework to reduce the difficulty of the job.
Remember that adding a new radiator will likely involve drilling down the central heating system which will in most cases result in trapped air in the pipes. This trapped air will not only because noise but also results in pure heating efficiency, but bleeding the radiators can solve this problem. Drilling down the central heating system will also reduce the overall water pressure so don’t forget to top this up. You may also need to top up your radiator inhibitor to prevent rust and sludge building up in the system.
Moving A Radiator Checklist
- Modern radiators are available in many shapes sizes and colours
- Adding a radiator is a job best left to the professionals
- The existing boiler may not be able to run additional radiators
- Make sure the new radiator is not obstructed by furniture
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.