How to Replace a Single Radiator with a Double Radiator

If you’ve been thinking of replacing your single panel radiators with double panel radiators to enjoy higher heat outputs or just for a different look, you might be wondering if this is something you can do yourself.


Luckily, you can replace a single for a double radiator with a little help from a handy friend, but there are a few things that you’ll need to take into consideration before you order your new double radiator or take the old single unit off the wall.


What Are You Set to Gain?

Before you decide to replace your single radiator with a double, just take a moment to think about if there might be a better solution to your heating problem. Double radiators do have a higher heat output, but is it going to make all that much difference if the radiator is located far from an area that you consider to be too cold?


If this is the case, electric radiators that come in a wide range of sizes and styles might be a simple and cost-effective solution as you won’t need to worry about any piping or old radiator removal and disposal.


Nerox Horizontal Radiator



Does the Pipework Line Up?

One of the most common difficulties of replacing a single radiator with a double is that the size of the new radiator hasn’t been checked properly and the pipework doesn’t measure up.


If this is the case, you’ll either need to pop out and get the materials you need to marry the existing pipes up to your new unit with a little help from a friend and a bit of DIY and plumbing knowledge, or wait for a registered gas engineer or central heating expert to do it for you.


Bracket Issues

Double radiators also have different brackets from their single counterparts, so you’ll need to be prepared to remove the old brackets and add a new set before you finally hang your new double radiator.


This can take a little time to get right, so just make sure that you have a spirit level, measuring tape and a pencil to hand. You’ll need these so you can mark up the new bracket location on the wall with a little help from a friend or family member.


Is a Double Radiator Really the Best Solution?

If you’ve been suffering from a chilly bathroom or downstairs cloakroom, replacing an old single radiator with a double can actually cost more and be less practical than choosing towel radiators. The latter option has excellent heat output and also provides somewhere to hang those much-needed towels.


Available as standard towel radiators and towel radiators that are plumbed into the current central heating pipework, this type of design offers a stylish and practical solution to any bathroom or WC space. They give the room an instant update with a minimal financial investment.


As one of the biggest stockists of radiators in the UK, we have a wide range of electric radiators and towel radiators which can help solve your radiator replacement woes with minimal fuss.


From sleek and contemporary anthracite radiators that act as a real focal point and offer impressive levels of heat to electric heated towel rails offering additional towel storage, take a look at our range of radiators and consider if you really need to replace that single radiator with a double in the first place.


Digital thermostat on a radiator


Popular Anthracite Radiators

If you’re still keen on the idea of a double radiator, then one of our favourite anthracite radiators sure to give you the look you’ve been seeking is the MHS Multisec Anthracite 3 Column 500mm High Horizontal Radiator. It is a contemporary model with a classic school room touch that works well in any modern or traditionally styled home.


Available in fifty different sizes, our popular anthracite radiators range is suitable for any room in the house and will add some much-needed heat as well as acting as an attractive focal point.


Electric Radiators with the Double Look

If you don’t want the hassle of lining up pipework, our electric radiators can provide you with the double radiator look without all of the hard work. Our Reina Colona 3 Column Electric Designer Radiator is available in both standard and thermostatic versions, is quick and easy to install and offers amazing levels of heat while having the sleek appearance of a mains connected radiator.


Available in several sizes, this electric radiator can be delivered directly to your door in as little as just three working days, so you can easily remedy any cold spots around the home with ease.