We have had a lot of calls to remove radiators for decorating recently. Now I’m not one to turn away work, but I’m sure in a few cases, the customer could have done it themselves with a bit of advice.

So below is a brief description of how to do it:

  • Turn off the power supply to the boiler/system.
  • Close the valves on both ends of the radiator and then open the bleed/vent point at the top of the radiator to drain any excess pressure from the radiator, and to prove that the valves are properly shut. (Put an old towel or piece of kitchen roll underneath the vent while you do this to catch residual water)
  • Loosen one side of the radiator valve nuts that attach the valve to the radiator and drain the water in the radiator into a tub or tray.
Close the valves on both ends of the radiator


  • Disconnect the valve nut on the other side of the radiator and lift the radiator off of its brackets. There will still be some residual water in the radiator, so make sure to put an old towel or dustsheet on the floor.
  • Once the decorating is completed, refit the radiator in reverse order. If the brackets are removed for papering, mark the bracket fixings, because they can be a nightmare to find once the wallpaper is on.
  • Carefully open one radiator valve to ensure there are no leaks, then open the other valve. Vent the radiator and top up the system pressure if necessary.

As you can see, it is a relatively simple process with minimal tools and a small amount of effort.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and advice is always free!