• In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey reveals a quick, easy way to replace a damaged baseboard heater.

    Steps:1. Slide off the end caps from the ends of the baseboard heater.
    2. Unclip and remove the front cover from the heater.
    3. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean all dust, dirt and pet hair from underneath, above and between the aluminum heat-transfer fins.
    4. Slip the perforated replacement cover over the existing back plate of the heater. If necessary, trim the cover to fit using aviation snips.
    5. Slide the metal end caps back onto the ends of the heater.
    • 10 to 20 minutes for a 6- to 8-foot long section of baseboard heater
    • $30 to $50 for a 6- to 8-foot long section of baseboard heater
    • Difficulty: Easy
      no plumbing skills needed

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      • Aviation Snips
        Aviation snips, used to trim replacement cover to length, if necessary

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      1. Perforated metal replacement cover, installed in place of original, damaged front cover