How to Install a Hydronic Towel Warmer

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What You'll Need
Copper piping
Copper fittings
Adjustable wrench
Knee Pads

Imagine the luxury of having hot towels after a nice shower. Installing a hydronic towel warmer is a great way to pamper yourself; moreover, a towel warmer would provides cleaner and fresher towels, as it prevents dust. Towel warmers are great to dry your used towels after a bath or shower. These devices are also commonly used to dry jackets and laundry. The heat keeps clothes and towels mildew-free.

Hydronic towel warmers require hot water; they are usually connected to the central heating system. They are more expensive than electric towel warmers, but they are available in all many sizes, styles, and budgets. A hydronic towel warmer can be installed by yourself; however, for safety purposes, it is a good idea to have it installed by a professional. If you chose to under go the task yourself, follow these steps.

Step 1 - Close the Water Supply

Turn off the water supply and drain the water from the radiator. Wear protective clothing, gloves, goggles, and rubber knee pads.

Step 2 - Removing the Radiator

Use a reciprocating saw to cut the radiator supply and remove it. Do not dump the radiator in the garbage. Instead, contact your municipal office to learn the best way to dispose of it.

Step 3 - Cutting the Floor

Cut the floor by removing the tiles or wood flooring. Then relocate the hot water supply and return lines.

Step 4 - Marking the Location

Hold the towel warmer against the surface and mark its planned location with a pencil.

Step 5 - Assemble Copper Piping

Cut and assemble the copper piping and fittings. It must connect the hot water supply and return lines to the new locations. Use a blowtorch to seal each pipe and fitting.

Step 6 - Threaded Copper Adapter

Place a threaded copper adapter on the hot water line corners and reinstall the flooring. Put the chrome nipple with the shut-off valve in the copper adapter. Tighten it using an adjustable wrench.

Step 7 - Markings

Use a pencil to mark the lines where the towel warmer will be nailed. Drill holes as necessary.

Step 8 - Attaching the Towel Warmer

Use toggle bolts or wood screws to attach the hydronic towel warmer to the wall. Attach the device to the hanger bases. Use an adjustable wrench and pliers to link the chrome shut-off valve to the bottom of the hydronic warmer.

Step 9 - Testing and Cleaning the Hydronic Towel Warmer

Turn on the water and check for leaks. Ensure that the hydronic towel warmer is working properly. Use mild cleaning agents and a soft cloth to clean the towel warmer.

Tips and Warnings

The temperature of the water must be between 120°F and 150°F. Any temperature less than that would not be effective in warming the towels. A higher temperature can result in skin burns.