Towel warmer installation is not only a device for drying towels. It also serves as a source of additional heat in the bathroom. Thanks to the towel warmer, the bathroom will not be damp, which means that mold and fungi will not form on the walls and pipes.
There are two types of towel warmers:
- Electrical (work from a power network)
- Water-heated (connected to the pipes)
Which one depends on personal preference. But there is a particular nuance here. If a water-heated towel warmer is chosen for an apartment, it is better to buy a version that was produced in USA. Since it can be problematic to connect imported ones to water pipes. If the installation is planned in a country house, then, on the contrary, it is advisable to give preference to heated towel warmers. During installation, it is necessary to pay attention to the connection of the elements, especially if they are made of different materials, since there may be electrolytic corrosion between them. To avoid this, teflon gaskets must be used. If plastic pipes are used in the bathroom, any towel dryer material can be attached. It is necessary to connect a water-heated towel rail to the hot water supply system for year-round use. It is firmly not recommended to connect the heated towel rail to the heating system since, in this case, it will only work during the heating season. The exception is the combined heated towel rail, which can additionally be operated from the network.
What you need for towel warmer installation?
- Towel warmer itself;
- Polypropylene pipes;
- Knife for cutting polypropylene pipes;
- Welding machine;
- Ball valves (2-3 pcs.);
- Fittings, polypropylene couplings;
Installing a heated towel rail process:
- Dismantling an old heated towel rail if it has already been established;
- Installing ball valves and a bypass;
- Welding polypropylene pipes;
- Installing a heated towel warmer.
A heated towel rail in the bathroom can be integrated in a heating system or a hot water supply system. The second option is preferable since the heating system works only in the cold season, and the water supply works all year round.
The ideal choice is a tie-in to the centralized hot water supply system if one is in the house. However, in this case, it is necessary to contact the Management Company to shut off the hot water supply for a particular date so that installation work can be carried out. It is best to install the heated towel rail through the bypass. Such a system will allow, if necessary, to safely cut off the dryer from the scenario by letting in hot water directly (for example, if replacement or repair is needed).
The most optimal connection option is using polypropylene pipes. It is easy to work with this material. It does not require welding like steel or complex soldering like copper, while it is affordable and does not rust. Polypropylene pipes are connected by soldering. When installing the dryer, it is necessary to ensure the slope of the supply pipe (in the direction of water movement) is in the range of 5-10 mm throughout the entire connection. Hot water should enter the top of the heated towel rail and exit the bottom.
For this reason, the supply riser is connected to the top socket of the dryer. It is imperative to maintain a certain distance from the dryer to the wall during installation. For pipes with a diameter of more than 23 mm, this distance is 50 mm, for lines up to 23 mm – 35 mm. The system should not be fixed to the wall rigidly, which will avoid the occurrence of excessive loads when heating pipes.