What are the different types of radiator key?

 
     
     
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 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.

 
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