Cost of Replacing a Radiator
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to replace a radiator, including the costs of labour and materials.
Replacing a radiator might be something you choose to do after you have conducted one too many repairs, and are dealing with the same issues. Other owners are ready to sell their home and wish to upgrade all appliances. Yet, there are others, who know their radiator is about to give out, so choose to replace it before it does.
Whether your radiator lasted 30 years and is about to give out, or you are tired of repairing it every other month, when the time comes to replace it, you should hire a professional to do so.
What the job entails
When replacing the radiator, a contractor will typically remove and dispose of the old one. Depending on if it is gas or electric, they will check all lines are properly functioning. If not, repairs or replacing wiring/lines will take place, prior to installing the new radiator.
If the new radiator is larger, or additional clearance room is required, it will be made at the time of installation. Once installed, the technician hired will check to ensure the radiator is fully functional prior to leaving your home. They will test temperatures, gauges, and guarantee that everything is properly connected.
Possible issues with new installations
A major area of concern when replacing a radiator comes with older homes. Whether it is gas, electric, or propane, in older homes, certain things are not up to code. If this is the case, rewiring, installing new lines, or replacing dated gas lines or wiring, will result in higher project costs. It can also take longer, if permits are required, prior to installing the new radiator in the home.
Another issue is if you choose to switch fuel/power source. If going from gas to propane or electric, it must be determined if this transition can be made. If so, changing lines, installing lines, cutting, and other connection services must be conducted. This will result in higher costs, and the project will probably take more time to complete.
In some homes, cutting, installing, or moving the radiator to a new area might be required. If your home is older, or if the space is too small to accommodate the new radiator, additions may be required, prior to installation of the new radiator.
Additional projects to complete
If you are switching to a different fuel source, consider doing so throughout the home at this time. For example, if you choose a gas radiator, you may also consider switching to gas for cooking fuel, rather than electric. An inspection will be conducted throughout the entire home, and it will be cheaper to do everything at once and get clearance for all projects at once, rather than individually.
This might also be a good time to check other appliances. Water heaters are often forgotten (like radiators) until they give out on us. This is the perfect time to check dates, functionality, and determine if you should upgrade other appliances at the same time. Doing so will eliminate additional service charges and installation fees. You can hire one specialist to do everything at once, rather than come to your home for each individual installation project.
Running tests or inspection work is also something which homeowners should consider doing at this time. Check wiring, electric lines, gas lines, and other connection ports. A specialist will perform all of these checks throughout the home, to see if leaks or other possible issues are present. If so, everything can be conducted at the same time.
Costs & Duration
Installing a new radiator is a project which shouldn’t take more than 1 day, given that everything is operable. If disposal of the old, and installation of the new, is all that has to be done, you will pay a flat rate for labour, £100-200, and the cost of the radiator chosen for your home.
If new wiring or transitions are required, this will be dealt with through the gas or electric provider chosen. The actual installation shouldn’t take more than 1 day once the transition has been made in the home. So, in addition to the labour fee, and price for your radiator, you will also incur the additional fees/surcharges, for switching suppliers and fuel sources in the home.
If additional repairs, additions, or other issues arise, these will be dealt with during the installation phase. There is no way to predetermine these costs, but for those who live in homes which are 20 years old (or older), expect there to be additional fees associated with upgrading and installing a new radiator. Typically, in the form of rewiring, upgrading lines, and additional services, to bring the home up to code.
Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having a radiator replaced.
Q When should I replace the radiator?
If the radiator is very old/dated, or if you have repaired if often in recent years, it might be time to upgrade. Also, if you plan on selling the home, and the radiator is very old, it might be a good idea to replace it.
Q Should I install it myself?
No. This is a job which should be done by a licensed technician. In addition to properly installing the new radiator, they know how to replace and dispose of the old radiator from your home.
Q What is the appropriate fuel source?
You can use the same source as you presently use (gas or electric). Some homeowners might want to transition to a different source, however. As long as your home can be wired, or gas lines can be installed, you can select an alternate source of fuel when investing in a new radiator.
Q What should I look for in a new radiator?
Energy-efficient, A-rating, and something that will last 20+ years. Also compare brands, monthly operation costs, and user ratings, to find the best fit for your home.
Q Will a repair suffice (rather than replacement)?
If you have repaired the radiator often in recent years, it might be time for a new one. However, you can always call a technician to your home, to provide you with the appropriate result. Depending on your budget, the answer will vary for each homeowner.