Replacing Your Old Baseboard Heaters with Electric Wall Heaters

Replacing Your Old Baseboard Heaters with Electric Wall Heaters

Baseboard heaters can still be very energy efficient and a perfect solution for heating your home or office, but if you’re ready for a change, my personal preference is electric wall heaters. They do not cost as much as central heating, yet they can still provide a steady stream of heat – keeping you toasty warm all winter long, without costing an arm and a leg, which is always a plus. Not only that, the installation of electric wall heaters after removing your old baseboard heaters, is a task that almost any savvy hand person can handle, without a problem.

Removing Your Old Baseboard Heaters

  1. First and foremost, before you do anything, it is important to turn off your circuit breaker that supplies the power to the baseboard heaters. In order to make sure that the power is shut off, bring a non-contact voltage tester near the wiring of the baseboard heater. The tester will beep and tell you if electricity is present.
  2. Once you’re sure that the electrical supply is shut off, you will need to disconnect the heater wiring from the branch circuit wiring. Now, depending on the baseboard heater you have, these connections may be made with wire nuts or terminal screws. With wire nuts, just unscrew them and separate the wires. With terminal screws – loosen the screws and slip the wires out from under them.
  3. Remove the screws holding the baseboard heater to the wall and pull it free.
  4. Loosen the two clamping screws on the cable connector and pull the cable out from the heater.

It’s as simple as that. Once you have removed your old baseboard heaters you will now be ready to install your wall heaters. Remember, however, that wall heaters do differ, so be sure to refer to the manual or installation paperwork.

Installing Your Wall Heater

  1. Decide where you want to install the wall heater. Once you’ve decided, mark a spot on the wall and use an electronic stud finder to locate the edges of two adjacent wall studs. These recessed wall units are designed to fit between two wall studs – mark the edges using a level as a straight edge.
  2. Place the heater box opening against the wall between the two vertical stud lines and draw around it. It’s important to make sure that the bottom of the box is at least 4 or so inches above the finished floor and the top of the box must be at least 12-inches below any drapes or window curtains. Also, the box must be at least 12-inches from the nearest adjacent wall – these are building code requirements that need to be followed.
  3. Next, you will need to drill 3/8-inch holes in the inside corners of the outline and finish removing the cutout with the jigsaw or keyhole saw.
  4. Remove the cable connector from the baseboard heater and install it in the new heater box. Slip the cable through the connector and tighten the cable clamping screws.
  5. Insert the box in the wall and fasten it to the studs with the screws provided. Make sure that the front edges of the box are flush with the wall. This is also a building code requirement.
  6. Install the heater unit in the box and secure it into place.
  7. Connect the circuit wires to the heater wires or terminal screws – refer to user’s manual for this step.
  8. Install the heater’s grill with the screws provided and turn the circuit breaker “on”.

Now, while much of the above instructions will work with a large selection of wall heaters it is imperative that you refer to the user manual of your device. Westside Wholesale offers a wide selection of wall heaters that will suit your individual needs and at our competitive prices, we offer a vast array of products that are both high quality and economical. With choices from the leading lines of Broan, Cadet and Cozy, you can rest assured that you’ve chose the right product.