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Slide backgroundRetrofitting Guide (Hot Water Baseboard Heaters)First remove the existing front panel and one endcap to expose the heating element. Both items should easily detach from the baseboard heater. (Sometimes dried paint or caulk between the endcap and wall can prevent it from pulling off easily.)Use a measuring device to determine the height of the baseboard heater from the finished floor.Now measure the distance between the BOTTOM of the finned tube heating element and the top of the existing heater.Finally, measure the distance between the wall and the front of the heating element.

Retrofitting Guide – Hot Water Baseboard Heaters


 

 

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During the past sixty years there have been dozens of finned tube element manufacturers. The majority of these companies are either out of business or were absorbed by one of the larger industry players. This has left many searching for various bits of their baseboard heater covers that have gone missing or rusted out over the years. Baseboarders® use a simple one piece, one-size-fits-most approach that will fit over 95% of all existing baseboard heaters. For the few that are either too tall or too short, we offer some easy work-around solutions.

  • Step #1 - Remove one endcap and the front panel.
     
  • Step #2 - Distance between the finished floor and the top of the baseboard heater.
    Objective: Between 7-1/2" and 9"

    If this measurement is less than 7-1/2", the alternative mounting method that uses WB001 wall brackets will be needed. If it is over 9" in height, the BB003 tall profile should be used.

  • Step #3 - Distance between the bottom of the finned tube heating element and the top of the baseboard heater.
    Objective: Between 5" and 6-3/4".
    If this measurement is less than 5" it suggests the floor to top height is less than 7-1/2" as noted in step #2. WB001 wall brackets should be used in this case to bring the height up for proper coverage. If it is greater than 6-3/4", the BB003 tall profile should be used.

  • Step #4 - Distance between the outside face of the finned tube heating element and the back plate.
    Objective: 3-1/4" or less.
    It is very uncommon to fail this final check. However, occasionally older commercial style baseboard radiators will utilize a 4" x 4" element. The solution to this rare circumstance is to install a molding that frames in the area to be covered. Please contact us for more details on this simple work-around.

  • Next StepMeasure the lengths of your baseboard heaters.
 

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