Restoration and electrical conversion of steam and hot water radiators

Thanks to the innovative and environmentally friendly processes developed by Ecorad, the elegance and beauty of cast iron radiators can now be restored and combined with the distinct energy-saving advantage of radiant based heating.

  • Programmable individual thermostats
  • Heat absorbing capacity
  • More energy efficient than traditional hot-water or steam heating systems
  • Fire proof
  • Healthier and more comfortable heat than forced air or convection heating systems

Restoration and electrification service including:

  • Disassembly of radiators
  • Gasket or push nipples replacement
  • Gentle and non abrasive paint removal
  • Removal of inner scale
  • Leak tests
  • Radiators are filled with a mix water and antifreeze
  • Radiators gets retrofit with an specially adapted Electric element
  • High quality of finish

*All Processes and tests are CSA certified

*Disposal of old paintings to environmental standards


Instructions of installation

Installation; as simple as an electric baseboard heater.

A specially manufactured internally installed electric element replaces the extensive water piping system needed for a central furnace. Having each radiator connected to a programmable thermostat allows heating preferences by room as opposed to one central setting.
Instructions of installation

Main advantages of ECORAD system over main alternatives

Advantage of ECORAD on:
Heating oil,
Central System
Forced Air
(Electric baseboard
and convector)
Natural Gas,
Central System
Radiant Floor
(all energy
Cost saving
20%-45%¹ 20%-35% 10%-20% 13%-20%
Energy saving 15%-35%¹ 20%-35% 15%-30% 13%-20%
Environment Large reduction of CO2e emissions¹ Radiators are of an existing material and recoverable Large reduction of CO2e emissions Radiators are of an existing material and recoverable
Health Removal of the old lead paint and pollutant Decrease the spread of microbes Removal of the old lead paint and pollutant Very low exposure to electromagnetic fields
(vs. electric radiant)
Comfort Flexible control of room temperature Removing the effects of airflow and dry air Flexible control of room temperature No discomfort and undesirable sensation, when heat is high
Aesthetic No more piping and boiler and gain of space Decorative element versus ducking No more piping and boiler and gain of space Possibility of renovation without damaging the heating system

¹ According to the report by the independent engineering firm Econoler on energy savings assessment, April 2013. For the Program (PAIE) of Québec natural ressources.


How much time is required for proccesing?
Seasonally it can vary from 4-8 weeks.

What types of elements are used?
Copper elements specially designed for the size of the radiator.

How is the power wire connected to the heater?
At the electrical terminals in the cast iron junction box attached
to the radiator.

What kind of wiring do I need?
Standard #12.

Can the old pipes be used for the wiring?

Is there a pressure relief valve?
No, replaced by a thermal fuse.

Any odours during operation?
Slight odour possible on first use

Is a standard wall thermostat required?
Yes, we recommend electronic, made by well known companies
(not included)

Is maintenance required?

What is the warranty?
10 years on the electric element.

Are there any costs other than those of the conversion and those of the electrician?
Disconnection and removal of the boiler, piping and radiators. Shipping and handling of the radiators(if needed)

Are these expenditures eligible for government grants?
The federal grant program for renovations and Hydro-Quebec for mail-in rebates on the purchase of electronic thermostats.

Can there be differences of tone between the radiators with the translucent finish?
The translucent finish is transparent, so it takes on the patina of the iron. Each radiator is unique and two radiators of the same model could have a different hue, depending on the alloy melt.

Before / After


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