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Bathroom Radiators UK - FAQs
What is a Dual Fuel Bathroom Radiator?
A dual fuel bathroom radiator is one which uses both your central heating system (whether this be gas or oil fuelled) and uses electricity.
The two main benefits of dual fuel bathroom radiators are their flexibility and their energy efficiency. This often earns them the accolade of the best bathroom radiators.
During colder months, when you naturally have all your radiators on, you can use the central heating to power your bathroom radiator. When the weather is warmer and the central heating is off, but you still want the luxury of warm towels, you can turn your bathroom radiator on with the flick of a switch for instant heat.
Dual fuel bathroom radiators help keep energy bills down because they make use of energy you are already using during the winter. In the summer, you don’t have to turn on a whole system just for one radiator. Electric bathroom radiators cost a lot to run, so dual fuel bathroom radiators provide you with the best of both worlds.
To create your own dual fuel bathroom radiator, you can add our Towel Rail Electric Heating Element to a variety of our bathroom radiators including our Slimline Towel Rail, Classic Towel Rail, Caliente Rowel Rail, Caliente Curved Rail, and Concord Rail ranges.
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How Do I Fix a Leaking Bathroom Radiator?
If your bathroom radiator is leaking, the most likely cause is a faulty gland nut connection in the valve. A sign your radiator or towel radiator is leaking for this reason is a patch of water on the floor at the bottom of the pipe leading up to the rubber topped valve.
Unscrew and remove the rubber cover. If a square stop is sitting on the spindle remove this. Then remove the gland nut with a spanner.
Next repack under the nut with rolled-up PTFE tape. Roll 1-2 inches or two of the tape into a string. Wrap this PTFE string around the radiator spindle and press it down below the thread using a small screwdriver or similar tool.
Replace the nut, the square stop, the rubber cover, and the screw. The rubber stopper should turn without too much or too little resistance.
If the leaking radiator is not fixed, add more PTFE tape packing to stop the leak.
How Do I Fix a Rusty Radiator?
We recommend that when you fit a new bathroom radiator, you flush it thoroughly prior to installation. Any debris inside the bathroom radiator increases the chances of corrosion later. Afterwards treat the system with an inhibitor to prolong long term protection against corrosion, limescale and rusting.
If you spot existing rust on your radiator, take a strip of aluminium foil and dip it in water. Rub this gently on your bathroom radiator. This will create a chemical reaction which should break down the rust and allow you to wipe it away.
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