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150W Watt RICA Electric Heating Element for Heated Towel Rails & Radiators
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- Watts: 150W
- Voltage: 220-240
- Socket Width: 1/2" BSP
- Length of Probe: 300mm (socket base to tip)
- Length of Cable: 1.0 Metre
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RICA 150W Electric Element for Heated Towel Rails / Radiators. Top-quality product, direct from the manufacturer at very competitive prices. Ideal for converting heated towel rails to stand alone mains electric or duel-fuel systems. Installation instructions included. This element must be fitted to fused spur by a qualified electrician. Installation: For a heated towel rail to run on mains electric only you need to buy an electric element. To connect to both mains electric and central heating at the same time, you will require an element, t-piece and valve set. The type of valves that you need depend on the positioning of your central heating pipes. A 3 Bar safety valve is a useful additional purchase to control water pressure.
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In our installation it is fused with a 1Amp mains fuse, the lowest value that will handle the load. The ring main it is plugged into has RCD protection, and all the pipe-work is correctly earth bonded for the required safety. The lead is dressed away from any hot pipe-work, through the wall into another room where there was a suitable socket.
A new pair of dual fuel valves enabled it to be fitted to my existing towel rail, and I've added a picture showing the heater fitted into the user valve at the normal inlet point.
It works as specified, delivering 165Watts of heat in my towel rail once that has stabilised at about 40°C in a 20°C room (after about an hour with the usual towels). I was lucky in choosing the low power element as a starter, and then finding it was actually ideal. Mine is fed from a time switch to warm and dry the towels on the rail in the bathroom before we get up in the morning. This is only active during the time of year when the central heating is switched off, and the circulation from the heater stays within the rail regardless of the valves being open or shut.
It is important to only fit the lowest power heater appropriate for the size of radiator/rail and in the correct place;
. too powerful simply wastes electricity, and
. the radiator might become too hot (40°C is very comfortable to touch, whereas even just 45°C begins to feel too hot),
. it only needs a few degrees above room ambient to be effective at drying towels, and
. the radiator/rail must allow the water to circulate freely past the heater element in the usual thermo-siphon movement.
One of these heaters is very unlikely to boil the radiator, but differential expansion and contraction effects might possibly be damaging on a fully sealed radiator lacking a small internal air space as a buffer.
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