Storage Heaters: Issues, Disadvantages and How To Replace

By Dynamic Heaters

Do you use storage heaters in your home? If so, did you know that you could be heating your property in a much more efficient manner? There are a large number of homeowners across the country that are still using storage heaters instead of electric radiators, and there are a number of disadvantages that are associated with this. Not only are storage heaters inefficient but they can be much more expensive and heat distribution is generally a lot poorer as well. With that being said, continue reading to discover everything you need to know about replacing your storage heaters with radiators.

What are the issues with storage heaters?

There are a large number of people who use storage heaters for their home, or they have acquired a property that already has heaters installed. If this applies to you, we definitely recommend that you install electric radiators instead. There are a number of reasons why this is the case.

One of the main reasons is that storage heaters are designed to run on the Economy 7 tariff. This can be quite misleading. A lot of people believe that this is going to save them money because of the term economy. However, this is not always the case. You only make savings if you use your storage heater during the off-peak hours. This means that you must judge the required amount of energy to store in your night storage heater for use the next day. This does not always workout correctly and lots of the time you can end up wasting energy. Depending on your energy needs and usage, storage heaters can actually end up being very expensive. With an economy 7 tariff, you only get the cheap rates during the seven hours over night. Throughout the remaining 17 hours, you are going to be charged much higher prices than a standard rate. A lot of homeowners find that this is a lot more expensive and switching to a single rate tariff can save you money. 

In addition to this, heat distribution is another area whereby storage heaters lack. You are going to have no control over the distribution of heat if you go down this route. This means that the heat can be a lot more uncomfortable. You may have a lot of heat in one part of the room and then the other part of the room is freezing cold. Combine this with the expense that comes with having your storage heaters turned up high during peak hours, and it is not hard to see why this isn’t a great choice.

Electric Radiators Vs Storage Heaters

Rather than be fixed to work on a schedule based on Economy 7 hours, Electric Radiators can be used as and when you need them. There is a lot more flexibility with your central heating system and it means that you don’t need to have an electrical appliance running when you don’t need it and try to guess tomorrows heating requirements. Instead, electric radiators can be controlled on and off whenever you require heating. 

The Dynamic Evoke electric radiators are fitted with a programmable 24/7 thermostat. You can programme your electric radiator to your optimum temperature and set each radiator to come on when you need them. Storage heaters are built to store heat during the night when the tariff is cheaper, then released during the day. This leaves a period where the heater isn’t heating the room efficiently. It also means that if you run out of heat at the end of the day, you will either need to draw more electricity at the higher rate or use a secondary heating source. 

Electric radiators are also much more economical than storage heaters, to the point that many electric providers won’t provide your home with a smart meter if your property makes use of them. Electric radiators are therefore more efficient, more friendly for the environment and cheaper to run.

To get an estimate for the installation of a new electric radiator heating system, use our instant online electric radiator cost calculator.

How to remove your storage heaters and replace them with electric radiators

The best thing to do is get an electrician to remove your storage heaters for you. This is because it is not a simple matter of disconnecting the heaters from the wall. Storage heaters are nearly always directly hardwired into the wall, meaning it is never as straightforward as taking the plug out of the socket. 

Your electrician is going to need to rewire or remove off-peak circuits, convert the sockets for your storage heater into regular sockets, earth and install circuit breakers where needed, as well as test, write a report, and provide a certificate. This can take between one and two hours per storage heater, so do keep this in mind. Your electrician should also be able to dispose of your storage heater safely as well, which is another benefit of using their service. 

Remember, storage heaters are fitted with large, heavy bricks that store the heat. These make them extremely heavy and it is always recommended that they are taken apart before removing from the property. Each brick can weigh up to 5kg.

Dynamic Heaters offer a storage heater removal service and our team can take care of all the necessary lifting and removal works.

In terms of installing your new electric radiators, this is something a qualified electrician should carry out, especially if you’re opting for the wall-mounted kind. They will mark where the brackets will go, drilling holes as and where needed, and they will then be able to screw the mounting brackets onto the wall and hang your radiator accordingly. They will fix the radiator safely into place as well and hard wire it into the fused spur. Testing and commissioning will also need to take place to make sure the new radiator is fit for purpose, safe and setup ready to heat. 

As you can see, there are many benefits that are associated with replacing your storage heater with electric radiators.

We can remove and replace your storage heaters for you

Our team of experienced and certified electricians will safely remove all old storage heaters and also fit replacement, high quality German electric radiators for you. We’ll make sure everything is done in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. We provide free surveys where we can provide a quote for all work. We will be more than happy to help you in any way that we can. 

Book a survey or call us on 01202 985047 to get a free quote.