Fitting an Electric Towel Rail

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Chrome towel rails are a popular addition to a modern bathroom. These are of two main types; one heated by an electrical element or a ‘wet’ type that is plumbed into the central heating system. An electric towel rail is shown in the photographs on this page which is the type mostly used in apartments, due the lack of central heating. Electric towel rails are a convenient way of heating a small bathroom if located near to a suitable power supply.

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Testing for voltage Disconnection of supply

Testing for voltage

Disconnection of supply

Old corroded rail Fitting the heating element

Old corroded rail

Fitting the heating element

The electrical supply

Towel rails are heated by an electrical element which is submersed in fluid contained inside the rail, usually water but could be oil. The elements vary in power depending on the size of the rail, 400W – 600W is typical. They could be connected via a fused spur from a final ring circuit, with the fuse spur being located outside the bathroom. It is important that the manufacturer’s instructions are followed during installation as different models may have different requirements.

Adding water to cover element. Some rails are oil filled Fixing in place

Adding water to cover element. Some rails are oil filled

Fixing in place

The last fixing New rail in place

The last fixing

New rail in place

Preparing and fixing the new towel rail

Installing the towel rail is a relatively quick job once the electrics are in place. There are many different styles of towel rail available. Country and Town, CTM can offer a supply and fit service or will install a towel rail that you have purchased.

 

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