How To Install A Baseboard Heater

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Baseboard heating unit
Voltage meter
Pry bar
Wire cutters
Wire nuts
Drill and bits

Baseboard heaters are popular because they are much simpler than other types of heating. They are also pretty efficient since you can control which rooms are on and when. They are popular for garage offices and small apartments. Here’s how you can install your own baseboard heating system.

Step 1- Look in to the Voltage Requirements

Some baseboard heating units will simply plug in to a wall outlet. Others may require some rewiring to install properly. Consider these things before you make a purchase so you know what your limitations may be. If you want a really simple job, then make sure you are getting one that won’t require any rewiring. Even if you do need to work with the wiring, it’s still not something that has to be done by a professional in most cases.

Step 2- Take Measurements

You will want to measure the entire length of the wall that receives the baseboard heater. Purchasing a unit that is too small will look strange and won’t install properly. Purchasing a unit that is too long will end up being a waste of money since you won’t be able to use it.

Step 3- Purchase Your Heater

Once you have completed the above two steps, you can take your measurements and voltage requirements to the home improvement store to purchase your heater. Baseboard heaters are all pretty much the same other than the size and voltage, so finding a unit for your needs won’t be difficult.

Step 4- Flip the Power

You will want to ensure you have the power off to all the electrical lines in the room you are going to be working on. Don’t just rely on flipping a breaker either. Most houses have little electrical quirks that may not make sense. Part of the room may be wired on a different breaker. Because of this you will want to test the power with the voltage meter after you’ve turned the power off.

Step 5- Prepare the Wall

If the heater doesn’t fit flush against the wall you will need to remove the baseboard that’s in place. Usually this will only require using a pry bar to pull away at the baseboard. Some newer baseboard heaters are designed to fit around this, so depending on the model you’ve purchased this may not be necessary.

Step 6- Place the New Heater

You can set the new heater against the wall now. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for the proper way to wire the heater. Secure the wires with wire nuts once you have everything in place.

Secure the heater to the wall by drilling holes in the wall that match the alignment of the heater. You will want to try to attach the heater to studs if possible.

Step 7- Test the New Heater

You can now cut the power back on and test to ensure the unit is working properly.

That’s it, in just a few hours you have installed baseboard heaters in your room. This is an easy enough project to do in several rooms if you choose.