Replacing A Baseboard Heater Replacing A Baseboard Heater

Baseboard heaters are typically found in older homes. They are much easier to install than more modern ductwork. Since baseboard heaters are so simple to work with, if one goes out it isn’t too difficult to replace it yourself. Here is how you can accomplish this on your own.

Step 1- Cut the Power

You need to make sure the power has been disconnected from the circuit that brings power to the unit you are working on. In most cases the baseboard heaters are on their own breaker. Make sure to use a voltage meter to check to make sure the power has been cut to the correct unit before you start working.

Step 2- Find the Wires

You will need to find the wires that power the unit. Most often they are at the heater chassis connected with wire nuts. You may need to cut the wires. If this is the case try to cut as close to the old chassis as you can so you will have maximum room to work with.
Once that’s done you should disconnect the ground wire. This is also located and attached at the heater chassis.

Step 3- Remove the Heater

You should go ahead and remove any screws that are holding the baseboard heater to the wall. Slowly take the heater off the wall. Remember that since the heater's job is to create heat, the heater may have bonded to the wall. If you pull the heater away quickly you can damage the wall, so go slow and gentle to minimize the damage.

Step 4- Install New Heater

Once the old heater has been removed you can place the new heater on the wall. Make sure you have found a model that shares the same wattage and size as the old unit to avoid any issues with the power and sizing issues. When you place the baseboard against the wall you want to make sure you screw it in to the studs. Feed the wires in to the cavity of the heater. Attach the wires to the chassis and follow the manufacturers directions for grounding the unit. Make sure all the wires are attached correctly. This is something you should check with the manufacturers directions as well to ensure you are doing it right.

Step 5- Test the Unit

Once you know everything has been installed properly you can flip the power back on to the unit. Turn the heater on and make sure it works correctly.

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