How Much Does Installing a Radiator Cost?

Are you planning to have a new radiator installed? Our radiator cost guide will cover everything you need to know on the subject from expenses such as the installation and labour costs involved in exploring a wide range of relevant topics.

Such topics include additional work you may have done and the costs of such work, different types of radiators and the costs involved in radiator maintenance and repairs.

Our guide will help if you are planning to get a new radiator installed or are at least considering the prospect. This article will also be useful if you simply want to expand your knowledge of the subject.

Looking at the total cost (supply and installation) for a new radiator, it will add up to roughly £110 to £210 for a single panel radiator, £140 to £240 for a double panel radiator, £260 to £470 for a horizontal radiator, £280 to £440 for a vertical radiator, £290 to £470 for a column radiator and around £130 to £230 for a heated towel radiator.

These costs exclude the replacement cost involved in having an old radiator removed first.

Type Total Cost (Installation + Supply)
Single Panel £110 to £210
Double Panel £140 to £240
Horizontal £260 to £470
Vertical £280 to £440
Column £290 to £470
Heated Towel £130 to £230

What Are the Supply Costs of a Radiator?

In this section, we will look at the supply costs for different types of radiators.

This is as if you were to purchase directly from a retailer and thus excludes installation and labour expenses.

To buy a single panel radiator, you should expect to pay around £20 to £60, and the average cost of a double panel radiator will likely end up between £50 and £90.

A horizontal radiator may cost you somewhere in the range of £170 to £320, a vertical radiator will cost about £190 to £290, while the column radiator price will land around £200 to £320 and for a heated towel radiator, a new radiator price for this type will end up around £40 to £80.

The costs can vary significantly in the case of heated towel radiators and while many fall in the aforementioned price range, there are plenty of products of this radiator type which are priced at several hundred pounds.

What Are the Additional Costs of Installing a Radiator?

Upon having your radiator installed, you may choose to have additional work undertaken.

To have a new boiler system installed will cost about £500 to £1500, to have a medium-sized room plastered will cost you around £660 to £900 while you’ll need to budget for about £16 per hour for painting or/and decorating.

To have a water tank fitted will cost about £150 to £600 while a new thermostat may cost you around £150 to £280.

An example of a smaller additional cost that you may choose to incur is the installation of a TRT radiator valve which may cost anywhere in the range of £5 to £39.

Tradesmen Costs for Installing a Radiator

In this section, we will look specifically at the new radiator cost based on installation and labour expenses.

This is not based on the labour cost to replace a radiator which would be higher as it would have added costs.

A heating engineer may charge you between £30 and £70 per hour to install a radiator although it will vary significantly depending on where in the UK you are based.

The daily rate of a heating engineer may end up around £240 to £320.

For having an average-sized radiator installed, it will likely fall in the range of £90 to £150 in terms of the total labour costs.

Such costs do not vary too much based on the type of radiator, although some types such as horizontal radiators may prove cheaper than others since they are often easier to install.

The labour radiator replacement cost would entail additional expenses.

How Long Does It Take to Install a Radiator?

There are various durations that it can take to install different types and sizes of radiators.

This is shown in the table below with a breakdown of installation times for radiator types such as single panel and double panel.

We also show the times it takes to install radiators which are small, medium and large.

Later in this section, we will discuss various additional factors that can influence how long it takes to install a radiator.

While horizontal radiators have the same installation time range as the other types listed below, many installations of this radiator type will end up in the lower end of this range.

Type Installation Time
Single Panel Radiator 1-2 Hours
Double Panel Radiator 1-2 Hours
Horizontal Radiator 1-2 Hours
Vertical Radiator 1-2 Hours
Column Radiator 1-2 Hours
Heated Towel Radiator 1-2 Hours
Small Radiator 1 Hour
Medium Radiator 1-2 Hours
Large Radiator 2 Hours

The length of time it takes to have any radiator installed can vary depending on whether or not you need an old radiator to be removed first and the state of the room where the installation is taking place.

Choosing a Radiator

We will now look at the different types of radiators in more detail.

For each radiator type with a double panel, horizontal and column radiators being examples, we will discuss what each type is, their average cost and list their pros and cons.

The labour/installation costs of any of these radiator types are, on average £90 to £150 although this cost will vary depending on the size of the radiator but does not generally depend on the actual radiator type.

Horizontal radiators may be the exception as they are relatively easy to install, but with professionals often having a flat rate charge to cover the first hour or two of work, it’s possible that this will make little to no difference to the installation cost.

Single Panel Radiator Cost

One of the most common radiator types is single panel radiators. This type of radiator is fitted to a wall and faces outwards, heating up the room. A single panel radiator tends to cost around £20 to £60.

Pros:

  • Cheapest type of radiator.
  • Single panel radiators are very commonplace.
  • Very well suited to small rooms.

Cons:

  • Do not emit as much heat as double panel radiators.

Double Panel Radiator Cost

This type of radiator combines two panels, lined up against one another to increase the heat output of the radiator.

They are more suited to larger rooms than single panel radiators. It would likely cost you about £50 to £90 to purchase a double panel radiator.

Pros:

  • Provides more heat.
  • Inexpensive type of radiator.

Cons:

  • More expensive than a single panel radiator.

Horizontal Radiator Cost

Such a radiator, as the name suggests, comes with a long width and narrow height. It is generally installed in the coldest spot of the room.

They also tend to be relatively small-sized radiators. Horizontal radiators have a price range of around £170 to £320.

Pros:

  • Horizontal radiators do not take up too much space.
  • Suitable to fill dead space in the room such as below windows.
  • Easy to install.
  • May have a lower installation cost in comparison to other radiator types.

Cons:

  • Costly radiator type.
  • Not well suited to a room with minimal wall space.

Vertical Radiator Cost

With a tall height and narrow width, vertical radiators extend upwards along the wall. Vertical radiators do not require a boiler in order to function correctly.

They are perceived by many as a modern style of radiator. This radiator type generally comes with a price tag of about £190 to £290.

Pros:

  • Ideal for rooms with limited wall space.
  • May work well as a room centrepiece.
  • Can save space if the room is relatively small.

Cons:

  • Vertical radiators cannot be obscured very easily.
  • Quite expensive.

Column Radiator Cost

Column radiators comprise two hollow tubes, are durable and are often made of iron or steel. Heated water flows through the radiator’s columns in order to heat them up and the spaces between each column.

This then allows a column radiator to heat up the room. This type of radiator will generally cost between £200 and £320.

Pros:

  • Very durable.
  • Can save on your heating bill.
  • Aesthetically pleasing.

Cons:

  • Column radiators are quite expensive.
  • May take longer to heat up.

Heated Towel Radiator Cost

Heated towel radiators or bathroom radiators are generally hung along the bathroom wall so, as their name infers, they can be used to hold towels. They are also often used to dry items of clothing.

A small bathroom will be heated well by a heated towel radiator although a larger bathroom may have more specific requirements, in which case a secondary heat source may prove necessary.

A heated towel radiator usually costs around £40 to £80, making it one of the most inexpensive radiator types.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive.
  • Can heat towels and clothing items.
  • A heated towel radiator can warm up a small space quite fast.

Cons:

  • May not be sufficient on its own to heat a sizeable bathroom.

Type of Radiator Fuel

In this section, we will discuss the various types of radiator fuel, look at what each type is, break down their costs and list their pros and cons.

Oil

In the case of oil-fuelled radiators, the radiator fins are filled with oil and the electric heating element of the radiator heats the oil up, creating a heat source.

The oil doesn’t evaporate and can be used indefinitely without the need to be refilled. Cost-wise, a 1.2 kW heater fan or convector that is fuelled by oil will cost you about £0.17 per hour to run.

The hourly cost for a 1.5 kW radiator in the same case, will cost about £0.21 per hour while if the system is 2kW, it will have an hourly price of approximately £0.28.

Pros:

  • Allergen-free option.
  • Oil can stay heated for a prolonged time period.
  • Can heat large rooms well.
  • Oil radiators can offer a high level of energy efficiency.

Cons:

  • Surface of radiators fuelled by oil can become particularly hot.
  • More expensive option.
  • Oil-filled radiators can be quite large.
  • Can take a while to heat up.

Gas

Gas systems consist of one boiler that warms up water before pumping it into radiators via the pipework. It costs about £0.04 per kWh to run gas-fuelled radiators.

Pros:

  • Not as expensive as other types of radiator fuel.

Cons:

  • Not as energy-efficient.
  • You cannot heat different rooms separately with a gas heating system.
  • Gas fuelled radiators can take a while to heat up.
  • Radiators powered by gas can be quite noisy.

Electric

Electric radiators depend on an internal heating element without the need for the pipework to provide heat. Electric radiators cost roughly £0.13 per kWh to run.

Pros:

  • Electric radiators are efficient.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Can come with multiple thermostats.
  • Produce minimal noise.
  • Despite having higher costs to run, you can bring down your costs significantly with the control afforded you to by electric radiators.

Cons:

  • Can be costly to run.

Radiator Maintenance Cost

We will now discuss the costs involved in maintenance for different types of radiators. We will also look at forms of maintenance for radiators based on their fuel type.

Bleeding

To bleed a radiator out involves letting air out of a radiator. This is done because unreleased trapped air inside your radiator can prevent heat from properly circulating and thus can lead to cold spots and reduce the effectiveness of your radiator.

It will likely cost you somewhere in the range of £75 to £150 to have a radiator bled. For a heated towel radiator, you should also take a look at the boiler pressure.

Power Flush

A power flush involves utilising a chemical solution to clean your radiator. This can remove debris and rust that could be hindering the function of your radiator.

The radiator flush cost will end up around £350 to £450 for 6 radiators, £425 to £525 for 8 radiators or £475 to £575 for 10 radiators.

The same product or one that is similar can be used to clean the track. Finally, hoover the track and re-attach the rollers to the door(s).

You may need to pay between £12 and £20 per hour for such a cleaning job plus any supply costs.

Gas Appliance Inspection

It’s good to get your gas appliances tested each year, and this includes if you have a gas-powered radiator.

Such inspections may spot leaks or other problems that need repairing. It may cost anywhere from £35 to £150 to have all of your gas appliances checked.

Cleaning Oil or Electric Radiators

To perform a clean of either of these radiator types, first, turn off the radiator and allow it to cool down. A dry cloth can be used to remove bits of dust. You should not use any abrasive solvents or abrasive powder products.

A vacuum cleaner may be used, however, cleaners charge about £12 to £20 per hour if you would like to hire a professional to perform this work.

Radiator Repair Cost

We will now explore the cost of radiator repairs, such as having a carbon monoxide leak repaired.

Replace a Radiator Valve

Whether a radiator valve has broken or become worn beyond repair, you may need to have it replaced. It may cost about £100 to £140 between the labour and supply costs to have a valve replaced.

Carbon Monoxide Leak Repair

Gas fuelled radiators are susceptible to possible carbon monoxide leaks. If you have a carbon monoxide leak, everyone in your home should leave immediately.

A carbon monoxide alarm will go off and allow you to know that such a leak exists.

You should then contact the fire services. When it is safe for a heating engineer to arrive, they will find the source of the leak and repair it, such as if it is from a radiator or the central heating system.

It could cost you about £70 to £100 to have a gas leak repaired although the cost may run into a total of several hundred pounds or more depending on the severity and scale of the problem.

Carbon monoxide leaks can be very dangerous and kill around 25 to 50 people in the UK each year.

Radiator Cold at Bottom or Top Repair

A radiator can develop cold spots near the top or bottom due to sludge and particles of limescale and rust. A radiator should be bled out in order to fix this problem.

The radiator should be turned off, sheets placed beneath it and the valves turned off. Next, the bleed valve should be opened to drain the radiator.

The bleed valve should then be closed prior to removing the radiator in order to hose it down. These steps should then be completed in reverse. To hire a professional to bleed out, your radiator will cost roughly £75 to £150.

Fix Broken Heat Pump

If you find that your heat pump is active but not circulating water and that the issue continues to come and go, you may need a heat pump replacement.

Simply tapping the pump may fix the issue, but if not, you should hire a professional to take a look.

One approach they may take is to perform a hot flush of your heat pump to remove any blockages. This can be done using appropriate chemicals.

Alternatively, if they suspect that airlocks are present, these may be removed by very gently adjusting the pump’s bleed screw, opening it by a mere quarter of a rotation.

There is also the possibility albeit unlikely that the heat pump was installed incorrectly, in which case its position can be switched around.

However, before this action is taken in this case, it’s important to ensure that the system is fully drained down. Other possible problems that may be fixed are that the pump speed settings are incorrect or that the fuse has blown, failing to power the heat pump.

To get a heat pump replaced will likely cost between £200 and £250. As for any of the other work discussed, a plumber may charge anywhere from £20 to £50 per hour plus any supply costs, such as chemicals if performing a hot flush.

How Much Does It Cost to Move a Radiator?

We will now take a look at the cost involved in moving a radiator. You may choose to have your radiator moved to free up space in a room or in a given area of a room.

Alternatively, it may be necessary as part of extending or renovating a house. The labour cost to have a radiator moved will end up around £80 to £120.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove a Radiator?

Now, let’s consider the price involved in having a radiator removed. You may choose to have a radiator removed to free up space in a room, so that you can install a new, more up to date radiator in its place or because you feel that your house has more than enough radiators as it is.

To have a small radiator removed will cost about £70 to £90, for a medium radiator it will end up around £90 to £110 while to have a large radiator removed will cost you roughly £110 to £130.

You could dispose of an old radiator with a skip or through alternative waste disposal services such as a ‘man and van’ service as offered by companies like Clear A Bee.

FAQs

Q: What size radiator do I need?

A: The radiator size you’ll require will depend on the desired heat output level. You can use a BTU calculator to figure this out.

Q: How does a radiator work?

A: Steam radiators use steam as heated by the boiler to give off heat through the radiator’s fins. This, in turn, heats up the room.

Q: Which radiator should I bleed first?

A: You should start with the radiators downstairs and more specifically with the radiator that is furthest from the boiler.

Q: Can you bleed a radiator when the heating is on?

A: No, it is dangerous to bleed a radiator with the heating still on. The radiator may be too hot to touch in this case.

Q: What is the most environmentally friendly type of radiator?

A: Arguably, electric radiators are the best option for the environment.

Sources

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Author: Derry B

I have a BA (Hons) in Media, which includes Marketing and PR, Media Theory, Photography and Film Production. I’m also a photographer specialising in Weddings, and I have five years experience in writing and social media management.