Cleaning Baseboard heaters
Fix the flow of heat from your baseboard heaters with this trick.

Hot-water baseboard heaters put out a lot of heat very quickly, as soon as the thermostat kicks on.

However, sometimes these heaters can put out a little less heat than you’re paying for, and that’s when you know there’s a problem.

Here’s how to dramatically improve the heat flow, and pay attention because you’ll want to do this twice each winter.

First, remove the baseboard heater’s end caps and pop off the front panel to expose the finned copper pipe inside. These fins absorb heat from the hot water going through the pipe.

Next, use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a crevice wand to remove all dirt and dust from between the fins and from the areas below and above the copper pipe.

Work carefully because the aluminum fins bend easily!

And that’s all there is to it.

If you do this at the beginning and end of winter, your hot-water baseboard heater should put out just as much heat as you need it to.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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