We're in the process of having our central heating refurbished - new boiler
plus radstats and tankstat.
As a result of losing the gravity circulation, our upstairs rads will now
only be warm when the central heating is on - ie not also when the hot water
is on. To make up for this we are thinking of replacing the bathroom
radiator with an electrically assisted towel rail - so that it can be
switched on when the heating is off.
I'm a little concerned about the mixture of hot-water (=corrosion), mains
voltage and bathrooms. How safe are these installations, what special
safeguards do they need and what level of professional qualification do I
need to look for in an installer. In particular, can these devices generally
be safely installed by corgi registered plumbers as part of the
refurbishment or do we need to get in an electrician?
are ok (as you would expect)and give them guarantees, they pass various
tests and regulations, electrics and water, kite marks, bs.standards etc etc
etc. Providing they are fitted properly and have adequate inhibitor put in,
they should be ok.
Fitting the towel rail is usually the plumbers job, even wiring it to the
fused spur sometimes, from there, it belongs to the electrician. Most
plumbers will put the rail in for you if they are given a fused spur
nearby.dont even need to be corgi reg either, as no gas is involved
You can run it off the unzoned pipework instead of the heating zone. This
way it will get hot when the hot water is heated, or when the heating is on.
This is good, because you often want a warm towel after a bath. Running the
bath makes the radiator hot as the cylinder is reheated.
If you do go electric, ensure it is fed via a 30mA quick acting RCD. If
there isn't already one on the circuit you are proposing to use, install an
RCD fused spur.
Thanks for that (thanks to IMM & rob too).
If I fit an appropriate RCD, does this mean that I can site the towel rail
whereever I like - eg right next to a bath or shower. Or are there regs or
codes forbidding that?
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