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Dual Fuel Towel Radiator Problems - Usage Tips & Guidance

To effectively utilize a dual fuel towel radiator, it is essential to first understand the functionality of this type of heating appliance. A dual fuel towel radiator is designed to operate using both the central heating system and electricity. This means that you have the flexibility to use it even when the central heating is turned off in the summer months, making it a versatile option for keeping your towels warm and dry throughout the year.


You can use/convert your central heating towel radiator to a dual fuel one by adding some parts and fittings such as dual fuel corner valves or a T piece, a T pipe (also known as dual fuel adaptor) together with an electric heating element. These additional parts will enable you to use your towel radiator as dual fuel meaning that it can be part of your central heating and can be used as electric only during summer months.


What Is the Correct Way of Using A Dual Fuel Towel Radiator?

Just like any other electrical equipment, installing and using your heating element requires your attention. The first and most important issue is to get it installed by a qualified “and” competent installer. No offense to anyone but not all qualified are competent and not all competent are qualified! So, a little homework to find the right person to do the job is very important to begin with. But once it is installed, how exactly do you mean to use it?


Most people are generally under the impression that they can simply switch from central heating use to electric use without any hassle. Some even believe that both heat sources can be used simultaneously. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The sole purpose of having a dual fuel towel radiator is to be able to have warm towels during summer months only, in which the central heating system is generally turned off. The correct way of using a dual fuel towel radiator would be to use the central heating option during the winter and use the electric option only during the summer.You should also follow the correct procedure when switching from one to the other.


How To Switch From Central Heating To Electric?

Come April or May, you may wish to turn off your central heating and switch your towel radiator from a plumbed radiator to an electric one. Doing so will still kill the chill in your bathroom and let you have warm towels after a bath or shower.  By following the steps below, you can protect your central heating, towel radiator, and, most importantly, your electric heating element which is installed inside the towel radiator.


Switch From Central Heating to Electric Element:

  1. Before you switch from central heating to electric usage, you must isolate the radiator from the rest of your central heating system by turning both inlet (flow) and outlet (return) valves completely off.
  2. Secondly, you will either need to loosen the bleed valve or the return valve slightly. The trick here is to be very gentle and loosen either of those very slightly. Loosening one of these will reduce the risk of pressure building inside the towel radiator as the electric element heats the trapped water.
  3. Once the radiator is isolated from the pipe work of your central heating, you can safely turn on your electric heating element allowing it to heat the water inside.

To maximize the efficiency of a dual fuel towel radiator, it is important to set the temperature and timer settings according to your usage patterns. By adjusting the temperature to a comfortable level and setting the timer to turn on and off at specific times, you can ensure that your towels are always warm and ready for use. Additionally, regular maintenance such as cleaning the radiator and checking for any leaks or malfunctions will help prolong the electric element’s lifespan and ensure optimal performance.


Switch From Electric Element to Central Heating:

  1. Before you switch from electric to central heating, you must turn off your heating element. How you achieve this will depend on the type of electric element you have installed. If it is a simple non-thermostatic heating element or a thermostatic one without a timer program feature, you will simply turn it off from the main fused spur, usually located outside the bathroom. If however, you have a WiFi-enabled thermostatic and programable electric element, you should then set this to holiday mode as turning it off completely from the main spur may erase the program memory.
  2. Secondly, you will need to tighten back the bleed and turn both the inlet (flow) and the outlet (return) valves to the ON position on your dual fuel corner or angled valves to allow central heating water to circulate through the radiator.  


Now let’s look at the consequences of not following the correct procedures described above. Following “ifs” will give you an idea and help you understand those important steps.

  • If you do not isolate the radiator by turning the valves to the OFF position, heated water will escape to other parts of the central heating system through valves and pipes work.
  • If you do not loosen either the bleed or return valve, the radiator will build pressure and, in some cases, this may lead to a leak, which may even result in a welded joint on the radiator to burst requiring a replacement radiator.
  • If the radiator is not isolated, heating element will end up trying to heat the whole central heating system and eventually fail fairly quickly.
  • If you turn off a Wifi enabled programable thermostatic element form fused spur, you will loose all the programs.
  • If you do not tighten the bleed valve, radiator will suck air as it cools down causing trapper air in your central heating system.


Further Usage Tips & Pre-Install Guidance on Dual Fuel Towel Radiators

It's important to conduct research and planning before installing a dual fuel towel radiator. As well as finding the right person to install it, getting the correct and most appropriate parts will ensure smooth operation throughout the year. Below are some bite-size tips which will help you achieve just that.

  • Avoid using a TRV on dual fuel heated towel rails
    Unlike standard mechanical valves, thermostatic valves (TRV’s) have either liquid, gas, or wax-filled sensors. It is those sensors that control the water flow.  With a standard valve, you can get a complete seal once it is completely shut. However, you may not get a complete seal with TRV’s, and the heated water inside the radiator may escape.

  • Avoid installing non-thermostatic standard heating elements
    Standard elements heat the water to its maximum temperature which can be in the range of 65C to 70C. This may be a little overwhelming, especially in the summer months. After all, you only need the water to be lukewarm to dry your towels and keep them warm but not heat the room.

  • Avoid room temperature-based thermostatic heating elements
    Never use a thermostatic heating element based on “ambiance temperature” (room temperature). As the element should be used in summer months only, your room temperature will likely be over 20 Celsius degrees. Hence a room temperature-controlled thermostatic element may never come on to heat the water inside the radiator.

  • Choose the correct type of valves
    If your pipe work is coming out from the wall, select a dual fuel corner valve that has a built-in T pipe (dual fuel adaptor) as opposed to an angled one. With specially designed dual fuel radiator valves, you will not need to offset the pipe work wider or narrower than the radiator and the whole connection will look neater and symmetrical.

  • Use two T pipes instead of one
    If your pipe work is coming out from the floor, opt in for two T pipes instead of just one. With T pipes on both sides, your installer can adjust the pipe work the same on both sides of the radiator making a more symmetrical setup. See our heated towel rail connection illustrations page to view both one T pipe and two T pipes option to help you visualize how the final setup would like. 


In Summary, a dual fuel towel radiator is a versatile heating appliance that can be used with both central heating and electricity by selecting the right parts and valves for installation, allowing you to keep your towels warm and dry throughout the year. But It is important to follow the correct procedures when switching between heat sources to ensure that both the radiator and the element functions properly and to avoid any potential issues.

Updated by Vinnie Ozer // Adige Towel Radiators
18/May/2024 @ 02:16

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DIY Step-by-Step Guide for Converting a Towel Radiator to a Stand-Alone Electric Only Towel Rail

Towel radiators are an excellent addition to any bathroom or living space, providing warmth and a sense of luxury to your daily routine. While many towel radiators operate on central heating systems, it's also possible to convert them to a standalone electric-only type. If you're looking to make this switch, here's what you need to know. A Comprehensive yet simple 8 steps to follow;


Check Compatibility:

Almost all our bathroom towel radiators can be used as electric only including our Horizontal Towel Radiators, it's essential to note that not all towel radiators are compatible with electric-only conversion. Before you start, ensure that your radiator is one and you have an empty space/allowance at the bottom of the radiator. Depending on the element model, you will need approx. 200mm space from floor level to the bottom of the radiator. This will allow for the inclusion of an electric element, which is required to heat the water inside and generate heat.


Decide on Heating Element Type, Wattage & Finish:

Once you've confirmed your radiator's compatibility, the next step is to purchase an electric heating element and a blanking plug. All elements are designed to fit standard British BSP sized towel radiators, ranging from 200 mm to 1600 mm in length. The wattage required will vary, depending on the size of your radiator, amount of water intake and the intended room use. You will also have the option of a basic/standard heating element or a more sophisticated thermostatic one where you can control the heat output, run it on timer, use boosters etc.


Check the Required Parts & Tools:

As well as the main parts, you will need the correct amount of de-ionized water and a radiator inhibitor. These will be mixed as per inhibitor’s recommended dilution/mix level and used to fill the radiator manually during installation. You will also need all the usual tools, a funnel and a bucket for the mix. Before you begin, ensure all items, parts, tools below are in hand;

  1. Towel Radiator
  2. Electric Heating Element
  3. A Blanking Plug (2 if your towel radiator did not come with one and it has 4 inlet points)
  4. De-ionized Water & Inhibitor
  5. Funnel, Bucket, Cloth or Old Towels
  6. Basic and Common Tools to Complete the Job
    Screwdriver set, drill, spirit level, 8mm allen key, spanner, plyers etc. and a cup of tea.


Step-by-Step Installation:

When it comes to installation, you will need to take your time and follow these steps in the same order listed below. Missing one, or not completing each step properly may result poor performance from your electrically heated towel radiator and you may need to remove the radiator off the wall, drain it and do it all again from step 1.

  1. Turn the radiator upside down and decide where the element will be. i.e., left or right and install the element to your selection and make a note (say right). While all our heating elements come with a rubber O ring, it is still recommended to use a generous amount of PTFE tape to ensure no leaks from joints.
  2. Install the blanking plug purchased to the other side (left). Again, use plenty PTFE tape to ensure no leaks from joints.

  3. Turn the radiator correct way up and fill it up manually using the funnel with de-ionized (distilled) water and inhibitor mix. All our radiators do have their water intake levels listed on product details page.

    Tip: You should fill the radiator as slowly as possible avoiding sudden gush of water blocking the air around or inside the tubes. It is also advisable to tilt the radiator left and right a few times while filling to make sure water mix goes through and fill ALL the bars.

    Important: Make sure that the radiator is NOT filled all the way to the top by leaving 1 or 2 inches of space for water to expand when heated.

  4. Once filled, insert and secure the blanking plug (supplied with the radiator) to the same side of the radiator as the element. i.e., if element installed on bottom right, install the blanking plug on top right.

  5. Affix the towel rail on to the wall using wall brackets supplied while keeping it level to avoid spillage.

  6. Wire the heating element to your fused spur on the wall. Put a few towels over the radiator and turn the element ON to its maximum power.

    Tip: ** please note that at this stage the top left inlet point is still open to air **
    As the water heats up, it will expand and if the radiator is filled too much earlier, some water may spill out. (Have some old towels nearby to soak up any spillage)

  7. Once the towel rail recaches its max temperature, insert and screw the bleed valve to the top left inlet point.
    Important: ** it is important to install the element and the bleed valve on opposite sides ** (i.e., element on bottom right would mean bleed valve on top left)

  8. Check that all inlet points secure and air-tight and there are no leaks or hissing. Wipe clean any damp or spillage and enjoy your stand-alone Electric Towel Rail many years to come.


Depending on the electric element you've purchased, there will be different installation instructions, but most require you to wire them into a fused spur either inside or outside the bathroom. If you opt in for a thermostatic one, you can try and use various settings till you find the best settings suits you most and works well with your daily routine.


Inconclusion, converting your towel radiator to an electric-only type is a straightforward process. However, if you're not confident working with electric appliances, it's best to consult a professional plumber and an electrician to the wiring. That said, this conversion will provide you with efficient and effective heating, allowing you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of your heated towel radiator all year round.

DIY Step-by-Step Guide for Converting a Towel Radiator to a Stand-Alone Electric Only Towel Rail
WarmWaves - Part Seven “Can you hang clothes on a heated towel rail?”

Heated towel rails are a popular addition to many bathrooms, providing warmth and comfort as well as a convenient place to hang towels. But, can you hang clothes on a heated towel rail?


The short answer is yes, you can hang clothes on a heated towel rail. However, there are some important considerations to keep in mind.


Firstly, it's important to check the weight limit of your heated towel rail. Most towel rails are designed to support the weight of towels and light clothing items such as bathrobes. Hanging heavier items such as jeans or heavy coats may exceed the weight limit and damage the towel rail.


Secondly, it's important to avoid overcrowding the towel rail. Overcrowding can reduce the efficiency of the towel rail and make it less effective at heating towels and clothes.


Thirdly, it's important to avoid placing damp or wet clothes on the heated towel rail. Doing so can cause moisture to build up on the rail and damage it over time. It's also important to avoid hanging wet clothes on the towel rail as they can take longer to dry, reducing the efficiency of the rail and potentially causing a musty smell in the bathroom.


Lastly, it's important to ensure that the clothes are hung securely on the towel rail. Use hangers or clips to hang the clothes and avoid placing them directly on the rail, as this can cause damage to the rail and increase the risk of the clothes falling off.


In summary, it is possible to hang clothes on a heated towel rail, but it's important to keep in mind the weight limit, avoid overcrowding, avoid placing damp or wet clothes on the rail, and ensure that the clothes are hung securely. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of a heated towel rail while also making the most of its convenient hanging space.


WarmWaves - Part Six “How to Fit a Towel Radiator to an Existing Pipe Work & Valves”

If you're looking to install a towel radiator in your bathroom, it's important to ensure that it's fitted properly to the existing pipe work. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to fit a towel radiator to your existing pipework and valves:

1)    Turn off the central heating: Before you begin, it's important to turn off the central heating to ensure that the radiator is cool and safe to work with.

2)    Drain the radiator: To avoid any water leaks or damage, you will need to drain the radiator of any water. Locate the valve that controls the flow of water to the radiator and close it. Then, open the bleed valve at the top of the radiator to let the water drain out. You may need to use a bucket or bowl to catch the water.

3)    Remove the old radiator: Once the radiator is drained, you can remove the old radiator from the wall. Use a wrench to loosen the nuts that secure the radiator to the valves, and carefully lift the radiator off the wall.

4)    Prepare the new radiator: Before fitting the new towel radiator, you will need to ensure that it's ready for installation. If the radiator requires assembly, follow the manufacturer's instructions to put it together. Then, attach the brackets to the back of the radiator. It's important to make sure that the brackets are level and securely attached.

5)    Install the radiator: Once the new radiator is prepared, you can install it onto the existing valves. Attach the valve tails using the nuts provided, and ensure that the radiator is level.

6)    Connect the valves: Once the radiator is securely attached to the wall, you can connect the valves to the radiator. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts that connect the valves to the radiator. It's important to ensure that the valves are securely attached to the radiator and that there are no leaks.

7)    Refill the radiator: Once the radiator is securely attached, you can refill it with water. Close the bleed valve and open the valve that controls the flow of water to the radiator. Wait for the radiator to fill up, and then check for any leaks.

8)    Bleed the radiator: Once the radiator is filled with water, you may need to bleed it to remove any air bubbles. Use a radiator key to open the bleed valve at the top of the radiator and release any trapped air.

9)    Turn on the central heating: Once the radiator is installed and filled with water, you can turn on the central heating and test the radiator to ensure that it's working properly.

In conclusion, fitting a towel radiator to existing pipe work and valves is a straightforward process that can be done with the right tools and instructions. By following these steps, you can install a new towel radiator and enjoy the benefits of warm, dry towels and efficient heating in your bathroom.

WarmWaves - Part Five “Towel Radiator Valves: An Important Component for Efficient Heating”

Towel radiators are a great addition to any bathroom, providing warmth and comfort while also keeping your towels dry and fluffy. However, to ensure that your towel radiator operates efficiently, it's important to choose the right valves. In this article, we'll discuss the different types of towel radiator valves and their importance in achieving efficient heating.

What are towel radiator valves?

Towel radiator valves are the components that connect your radiator to the central heating system. These valves control the flow of water to and from the radiator, allowing you to regulate the temperature of the radiator and the room. There are two main types of towel radiator valves: manual valves and thermostatic valves.

Towel Radiator ValvesDual Fuel Towel Radiator Valves

Manual Valves - Manual valves are the simplest type of towel radiator valves. They are operated manually by turning a valve to open or close the flow of water to the radiator. Manual valves are a good choice if you want a basic, low-cost solution for controlling the temperature of your radiator. However, they don't provide precise temperature control and require manual adjustment to maintain a constant temperature.

Manual Radiator Valves

Thermostatic Valves Thermostatic valves are a more advanced type of towel radiator valve. They contain a temperature-sensitive element that automatically adjusts the flow of water to the radiator to maintain a constant temperature. This means that they can provide precise temperature control, which can help to reduce energy consumption and lower heating bills.

Thermostatic valves are also more convenient than manual valves, as they require minimal adjustment and can automatically adjust to changes in room temperature. This makes them ideal for use in busy households where the temperature requirements may vary throughout the day.

Thermostatic Radiator Valves

The Importance of Choosing the Right Towel Radiator Valves is essential for achieving efficient heating. If you choose manual valves, you will need to manually adjust the flow of water to the radiator to maintain a constant temperature, which can be time-consuming and inefficient. On the other hand, thermostatic valves can automatically adjust the flow of water to the radiator to maintain a constant temperature, helping to reduce energy consumption and lower heating bills.

In addition to choosing the right type of valve, it's also important to choose valves that are compatible with your towel radiator and central heating system. This will ensure that the valves operate efficiently and effectively, providing optimal heating performance.

In conclusion, towel radiator valves are an important component for achieving efficient heating in your bathroom. Whether you choose manual valves or thermostatic valves, it's important to select valves that are compatible with your towel radiator and central heating system. By choosing the right valves, you can ensure that your towel radiator operates efficiently, providing optimal heating performance and helping to reduce energy consumption and lower heating bills.

WarmWaves - Part Four “Towel Radiator: An Efficient and Stylish Bathroom Heating Solution”

A towel radiator, also known as a heated towel rail or towel warmer, is an efficient and stylish way to heat your bathroom while also keeping your towels warm and dry. These radiators come in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes, making them a versatile addition to any bathroom decor.

How do towel radiators work?

Towel radiators work by using hot water from your central heating system to warm up the radiator. The heated water flows through the radiator's tubes, which then radiate heat to warm up the bathroom and dry your towels. Some towel radiators are also available with an electric heating element, allowing you to use them independently of your central heating system.

What are the benefits of a towel radiator?

A towel radiator offers many benefits, including:

Energy efficiency: Towel radiators are an efficient way to heat your bathroom, as they use hot water from your central heating system. This means that they don't consume any additional energy and can help to reduce your heating bills.

Versatility: Towel radiators come in a variety of sizes and styles, making them a versatile addition to any bathroom decor. They can be mounted on the wall or floor, and some models are even available as freestanding units.

Improved Hygiene: A towel radiator can help to reduce moisture in your bathroom, which can help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Additionally, by keeping your towels dry, you can avoid unpleasant odors and maintain a hygienic bathroom environment.

Increased Comfort: With a towel radiator, you can enjoy the luxury of warm, dry towels every time you step out of the shower or bath. This can help to keep you comfortable and cozy even on chilly days.

Style: Towel radiators come in a range of finishes and designs, from sleek and modern to more traditional styles. This means that you can choose a radiator that complements your bathroom decor and adds a stylish touch to the space.

In conclusion, a towel radiator is a practical and stylish addition to any bathroom. Whether you're looking for an energy-efficient heating solution, improved hygiene, or simply the luxury of warm towels, a towel radiator can meet your needs. With a range of sizes, styles, and finishes available, you can find a radiator that fits your bathroom decor and enhances the look and feel of the space.

WarmWaves - Part Three “Choosing a right towel radiator“

Choosing a towel radiator involves considering several factors, including the type of towel radiator, size, material, and design that best suits your needs and preferences. Here are some steps to help you select the right towel radiator for your home:

1) Determine the type of towel radiator: There are three main types of towel radiators -standard, electric, and dual fuel. Standard towel radiators are connected to your central heating system and require plumbing work for installation. Electric towel radiators are independent of your central heating system and require an electrical connection. Dual fuel towel radiators can be used with both central heating and electric options, providing flexibility.

If you are looking to heat your bathroom and add the extra comfort of warm, dry towels, but don’t plan to have central heating in your home, then electric towel rails by Adige offer a great solution. These stylish electric towel rails provide all of the warmth and style of towel heater radiators with electric heating. You can choose from a DRY type electric towel rail with minimal installation effort or select a pre-filled type WET version for more heat, comfort and size options. Please visit our website for more products.

Choosing a right towel radiator

2) Measure the available space: Measure the available space in your bathroom or other areas where you plan to install the towel radiator to ensure that the radiator fits properly. Consider the height, width, and depth of the radiator, as well as the distance from the wall.

3)Choose the material: Towel radiators are made from various materials, including steel, stainless steel, aluminium, and brass. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of durability, heat output, and appearance. Consider the material that best matches your bathroom decor and budget.

4) Consider the heat output: The heat output of a towel radiator is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs) or Watts. It determines how much heat the radiator can provide to your bathroom. Consider the size of your bathroom and the desired level of warmth when choosing a towel radiator with an appropriate heat output.

5) Think about the design: Towel radiators come in a wide range of designs, including ladder-style, panel, and traditional radiator designs. Consider the overall aesthetic of your bathroom and choose a design that complements it. You can also choose between horizontal or vertical orientations depending on the available space and your preference

Think about the design

6) Set your budget: Towel radiators come in various price ranges, so it's essential to set a budget before you start your search. Keep in mind that while cheaper options may be more budget-friendly, they may not always be of the highest quality. Consider your budget when making your final decision.

Set your budget

7) Read reviews and compare options: Look for customer reviews and ratings of different towel radiators to gauge their performance and reliability. Compare the features, specifications, and prices of different models to make an informed decision.

Read reviews and compare options

8) Check for warranties: Check the warranty offered by the manufacturer or retailer for the towel radiator you're considering. A longer warranty period can provide you with peace of mind and protection against defects or issues with the radiator.

Check for warranties

By considering these factors, you can choose a towel radiator that meets your heating needs, fits your available space, matches your design preferences, and falls within your budget. Remember to consult with a professional if you're unsure about the installation process or have specific requirements for your towel radiator.

WarmWaves - Part Three “Choosing a right towel radiator“
WarmWaves - Part Two Sleek & Stylish Towel Radiator

Towel radiators have become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom over the years due to several benefits they offer:

  1. Warm towels: One of the primary benefits of towel radiators is that they keep your towels warm and dry, providing you with a comfortable and refreshing experience when you step out of the shower or bath.
  2. Space-saving: Towel radiators can be wall-mounted, which means they don't take up valuable floor space in your bathroom, making them an ideal choice for smaller bathrooms or en-suites.
  3. Energy efficient: Towel radiators can be very energy-efficient, with many models using less energy than traditional radiators, which can help you save on your energy bills.
  4. Stylish design: Towel radiators come in a range of styles and designs, from traditional to contemporary, and can be used to complement the overall look and feel of your bathroom.

Stylish Design Towel Radiator

  1. Improved hygiene: By keeping your towels dry, towel radiators can help prevent the growth of bacteria and mildew, improving hygiene levels in your bathroom.

Folded Towels

Overall, towel radiators are a convenient and practical addition to any bathroom, providing warmth, comfort, and style while helping you save on energy bills and improving hygiene levels

Stay tuned for the next part.....

WarmWaves - Sleek & Stylish Towel Radiator

One of the standout features of this magnificent bathroom is the sleek and stylish towel radiator that adds both comfort and functionality to the space. The modern design of the radiator perfectly complements the contemporary aesthetic of the room, with its clean lines and minimalist profile.

Not only does the towel radiator provide a warm and cozy environment, but it also serves a practical purpose by keeping towels dry and fresh. The heated bars of the radiator gently warm towels, robes, and other linens, providing a luxurious experience when stepping out of the shower or bath.

With its ample capacity, the towel radiator can accommodate multiple towels at once, ensuring that there's always a fresh, dry towel on hand. The radiator is also energy-efficient, using minimal electricity to operate, making it an environmentally-friendly choice for those who are conscious about their carbon footprint.

The polished chrome finish of the radiator adds a touch of glamour and sophistication to the bathroom, enhancing the overall aesthetic of the space. Whether you're looking to create a spa-like atmosphere or simply want to add a touch of luxury to your everyday routine, the towel radiator is an essential element of any lavish bathroom.

In short, the towel radiator is a stylish and practical addition to any bathroom, providing warmth, comfort, and convenience while adding a touch of elegance to the space.

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WarmWaves - Sleek & Stylish Towel Radiator