Central Heating Question

Economy 7 radiators/heaters

Just purchased a flat with storage radiators/heaters. I read some awful things about them and these ones look like they were installed 20 years ago (the age of the building).

Is it easy to get them changed? I doubt the building has access to gas so it will have to be an electric radiator.

Anyone can provide any advice of what product I can consider and if it is expensive to change those?

Thank you in advance!

2 Answers

hi, you can get electric radiators that have individual controls so you can set different times and temp for each room or depending on your budget an electric combi is available which works on your economy 7 circuit and would give you radiators with thermostatic radiator valves. hope this is helpful adrian

Answered 3rd Sep 2011


Member since 28 Jun 2008

Hi Henry
Electric radiators will use on peak electricity this will be absolutley prohibitive you will spend a fortune and stay cold.

First thing give the storage heaters a try they do have some problems but can be cost effective depending on how you need the heat, they normally have an input and output setting, first put the input up to maximum turn the output down to minimum if you are at home all day you can adjust the output to suit, if you are at work turn the output up when you get home.
If your tariff is economy seven only you may need additional heating in the late evening. if economy 10 or similar you may end up turning down the input but it is all trial and see the results.
If the heaters have not been used for a good while they can smell a bit for a day or to if part of the heater is not getting hot they have separate elements inside that can be easily replaced by an electrician, they have safety cut outs inside which can and do sometimes operate especially if someone has placed clothing on one to dry this is not recommended as they reach quite a high temperature.
The alternative is a wet system run by an electric boiler expect to spend a serious amount of money on this (thousands) put the job up on mybuilder for some quotes.
I hope you like the answer if you need more info contact me
Kelvin Spalding lincs

Answered 10th Sep 2011


Member since 9 Oct 2008

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