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 What are the different types of radiator key?

Shop for Radiator Keys

Group of radiator keys You need to choose the right radiator key for the job you are doing.

Bleed key

Alloy bleed key A bleed key is for removing unwanted air from a radiator.

Four-way key

Four-way key Four-way keys are used for turning some kinds of radiator drain cocks or valves (small, square headed taps) on and off when draining a radiator or the entire system.

Many can also be used on some types of outside tap and gas, water and electricity utility cabinets.

Three-legged key

Three-legged radiator key Three-legged keys also turn some kinds of drain valves and taps on and off.

Double-ended key

Double-ended radiator key Double-ended radiator keys are for fitting and removing radiator valve tails and square section blanking plugs and bleed plugs.

Hex or Allen key

Allen or hex radiator key Allen or hex keys are also used on radiator valve tails and plugs.

Radiator spanner and air release key

Radiator spanner and air release key A radiator spanner and air release key is for fitting and removing valve tails and bleeding radiators.

Universal key

Universal radiator key Universal radiator keys are usually used on valve tails, blanking plugs and bleed plugs, but may have profiles (shapes) to fit other parts as well.

Combination radiator wrench/key

Combination radiator wrench/key A combination radiator wrench/key is for fitting and removing valve tails, blanking plugs and bleed plugs.

Stepped ratchet key

Radiator stepped ratchet key A stepped ratchet radiator key is for fitting and removing valve tails.

Radiator tail socket

Radiator valve tail socket driver Radiator tail sockets are a quick way of fitting and removing valve tails.

Radiator valve spanner

Radiator valve spanner/lever A radiator valve spanner helps avoid bending pipework when the manual, thermostatic or lockshield radiator valve is tightened or removed.

No key will do every job

Universal radiator key You can save money by buying a key that does several jobs, but none of them will do every job on radiator fittings.

A universal key, like this one, may do jobs on radiator valve tails and plugs, but it might not adjust bleed valves.

Brass T-shaped bleed key If you only want to do one job, say bleed a radiator, and leave more complicated jobs to others, just buy one dedicated key, in this case a bleed key.
Various radiator keys See the description of each key to find out what they do.