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Baseboard Heater Cover Removal and Replacement

Here’s how to remove your old baseboard heater covers and replace it with a new one for a fresh, clean look.

In this how-to video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey gives a facelift to an old baseboard heater by replacing the cover.

In this video we show you have to remove your old baseboard heater covers and replace it with a new one.

When removing the baseboard heater cover, you’ll have to be careful not to damage the wall. Then, when putting in the replacement make sure to install everything in the right order. Richard Trethewey walks you through the process and shares helpful tips along the way.

How to Replace Baseboard Heater Covers Step by Step

  1. Slide wood shims behind the back plate of the baseboard heater.
  2. Use reciprocating saw to cut nails or screws holding back plate to wall.
  3. Pull the adjustable damper from the hangers, and discard.
  4. Prop up heating element, then use slotted screwdriver to pry the back plate from the hangers.
  5. Slip the back plate out from behind the finned heating element, and discard.
  6. Vacuum the heating element clean off all dust and dirt.
  7. Slide new hangers behind heating element.
  8. Mark the locations of the wall studs.
  9. Slip the new back plate behind the heating element.
  10. Snap hangers into the back plate.
  11. Screw the back plate to wall studs with 1 1/4-inch drywall screws.
  12. Attach the damper to the new back plate.
  13. Slide on the end caps, flip up the flaps.
  14. Snap the front cover onto the hangers; close end-cap flaps.

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