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How to Uninstall Baseboard Heating

Baseboard hot water heating systems are typically found in older homes. Although baseboard heating is an efficient means of heating a room, homeowners often want to upgrade to forced air furnaces or other types of heating systems.

Baseboard hot water heating systems are typically found in older homes. Although baseboard heating is an efficient means of heating a room, homeowners often want to upgrade to forced air furnaces or other types of heating systems. Homeowners wanting to update their baseboard heating systems need only to remove the baseboard water heaters in each room and cap off the pipes.

  1. Turn off the boiler and cut the power supply to the boiler at the breaker. Give the boiler plenty of time to cool off before trying to handle the pipes and drain the water.

  2. Cut both the supply pipes and return pipes coming from the boiler. Cap the pipes with pipe caps.

  3. Take the cover off of the baseboard heater and locate the screws holding the heater to the wall. Unscrew the heater from the wall and rest the heater on the floor or on a piece of wood to keep it slightly elevated.

  4. Use a pipe saw to cut the pipe from both ends of the baseboard heating unit and remove. Trim the pipe as close to the floor as possible and cap off with a pipe cap.

  5. Tip

    Have a few large buckets handy to catch the water from the supply and return boiler pipes. Most baseboard hot water systems use copper piping. Copper pipe is recyclable, so save as much of the pipe as possible. Use buckets or towels to collect any water that comes out when you cut the pipes from the baseboard water heater.

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Patti Richards has been a writer since 1990. She writes children’s books and articles on parenting, women's health and education. Her credits include San Diego Family Magazine, Metro Parent Magazine, Boys' Quest Magazine and many others. Richards has a Bachelor of Science in English/secondary education from Welch College.