Plug-in electric towel warmers are easier to install compared to hardwired towel warmers. The plug-in electric warmer allows you to install it in your desired location as long as the location is sturdy and near an electric outlet. The hardwired warmer, on the other hand, can only be installed with the help of a professional installer, as there are some things to consider.
The plug-in varieties are the easiest ones to install. They may be wall-mounted rails or they can be freestanding storage boxes. In many cases concerning plug-in warmers, all you need are an electric outlet, a screwdriver, and a few screws. There are also plug-in freestanding towel racks.
Plug-In Warmers Installation
Position your plug-in warmer on a flat wall or floor surface. If you are installing the unit on the wall, use a level to hang it evenly. Once you have installed your towel warmer, just plug it in and hang your towels. It takes a few moments before the towels become warm. Some plug-in models have an off/on switch. However, other models should be unplugged when not in use.
While the concept of installing the plug-in warmer sounds easy, some installation mistakes can be made along the way. Below are three installation mistakes that you should avoid.
Mistake 1: Switch and Timer Too Near the Water Sources
If you want a plug-in warmer in your bathroom, then be aware that installing it in places where the switch and timer may be splashed with water is not a good idea.
Wetting the towel warmer’s switch and timer may lead it short out or start a fire. For best performance and safety, install the warmer on the bathroom wall’s center. This means, you need to position it across the sink and at least one foot away from the shower area.
Put up to six towels on the warmer and let the towels remain on the racks for at least three hours to warm and thoroughly dry the towels.
Mistake 2: Towel Warmer on or Behind the Bathroom Door
Avoid installing the towel warmer on door openings. Doors are not strong enough to support somewhat heavy items like towel warmers. Plus, if you install it on or behind the bathroom door, you cannot hook it properly to the electrical power. The swinging of doors may cause the unplugging of the unit.
Plus, the bathroom door is one of the most utilized rooms in the house. The constant swinging may cause the warmer to be pushed against the wall. Being in such position may cause the warmer to heat up excessively, leading to fire.
Avoid installing the warmer behind the door as it can also be blocked by the open bathroom door for most of the day. The door may also trap heat so it could reach high temperatures.
Mistake 3: Towel Warmer Set Only on Drywall
Towel warmers and their accompanying electric switch boxes, if any, should be supported on wall studs. The towel warmer can get very hot. If it’s not properly installed and it falls from the wall, the warmer can cause nasty burns.
The towel warmer and its respective hardware and electrical accessories should be securely attached to the wall studs.