Installation Instructions for NeatHeat Baseboard Covers
Remove existing metal end caps and discard. Measure the length of the existing baseboard heater enclosure (the metal part that is attached to the wall) from left to right. **NOTE: If the measurement is greater than 6 feet (72 inches) long, you will need to install more than one length of NeatHeat joined with optional splice part # SP-30/07 BW.
Measure, mark lightly with a pencil, and cut the NeatHeat front cover (part #’s FC-30/07-06 BW or FC-30/07-04 BW) as needed. Cutting NeatHeat can be done easily with a fine tooth hacksaw, sheet metal snips, carpet shears, or even heavy scissors.
**NOTE: Generally, NeatHeat can be installed either over existing front covers and/or dampers (front covers and/or dampers still installed), or in place of them (front covers and/or dampers removed or missing). The existing metal back plate that attaches to the wall is required to attach the NeatHeat front cover.
Hook the bottom of the NeatHeat front cover under the bottom of the existing metal front cover (or if the existing front cover has been removed hook the NeatHeat on the bracket where the metal cover would be installed), then lift slightly while pushing the top of the NeatHeat cover back towards the wall snapping the back tab of the NeatHeat between the existing metal enclosure and the wall. **NOTE: if the existing metal back plate has been caulked to the wall, it will be necessary to remove the caulking to facilitate the tab on the NeatHeat cover sliding between the existing metal enclosure and the wall. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for all remaining front covers.
Measure the height of the end cap from the top of the NeatHeat cover to the top of the floor below (this should match measurement ‘C’ on the “How to Measure for NeatHeat” guide).
The end caps (part #’s REC-30/07 BW and LEC-30/07 BW) measure 7 7/8 inches high from the factory. The height of the end cap can be adjusted as necessary using the same tools and/or method used for trimming the front cover.
Reliefs are provided on the inside of the end cap to shorten height by ½ and 1” respectively; if less is needed the metal back plate of the existing enclosure will be needed for proper airflow through the heater, and this will accommodate the proper end cap height.
Sometimes the copper pipe connected to the heating element is connected horizontally through the side of the end cap. There is a relief in the end cap to accommodate these installations. Simply trim out the relief on the outside edge of the end cap prior to installing. The relief is intended as a guide, specific applications may require more or less trimming.
Install the end cap from the top sliding the back left tab on the end cap behind the existing metal enclosure, and the front edge of end cap outside of the front cover. When fully seated, the top tab on the back of the end cap will slide between the tab on the rear of the front cover and the face of the wall. Gently squeeze the bottom of the front cover and the end cap together; you should hear a slight click as the front cover snaps into the retainer on the inside front edge of the end cap. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for all end caps.
Step 6 (when needed)
Splice Plates (part # SP-30/07 BW) are installed similar to front cover installation in step 4. The front covers should abut one another, DO NOT OVERLAP the front covers when installing splice plates. Hook the bottom of the splice plate under the bottom of the front cover, and then lift slightly while pushing the top of the splice plate back towards the wall snapping the back tab between the back tab of the NeatHeat front cover and the wall. Repeat step 7 for all remaining splice plates.