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Unvented Cylinder Repair and Maintenance

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EasyFlow specialize in unvented water cylinders. We have years of experience installing and repairing mains pressure unvented cylinders and are quick to respond to calls. We always investigate faults and provide quotes prior to undertaking any water heater repairs. Our engineers carry many spare parts on the van and are often able to make the repair immediately. We also offer maintenance plans, which help spread the cost and provide total peace of mind. If you have a fault or need and annual service, contact us today on 0800 433 4043

How To

Information and advice on how to safely use, operate and save money with unvented water cylinders, thermal store water heater and electric boilers.

How to Tell When It’s Time for a New Water Cylinder

Water cylinders provide you with the means to enjoy hot water with the turn of the tap. They supply all the water you need for washing up or showering, let you draw a relaxing bath, and more. However, like all equipment in the home, they’re subject to wear and tear, and you will eventually need to replace yours. How do you tell when it’s time for a new water cylinder? Below, we’ll highlight key signs that it’s time for a new water cylinder. Waning Hot Water One of the most obvious signs that your water cylinder needs either a little care or could be ready for replacement is a reduction in the amount of hot water produced. This could be a sign that one of the immersion heaters has failed inside the cylinder, that sediment has built up to a significant degree within the cylinder, or that corrosion has caused the anode rod to fail. To be clear, you’ll need to measure hot water production over time. Make sure that the shortfall is not due to hot water usage in the home – did someone take a longer than usual shower? Did you recently run the dishwasher? Measure hot water production over a week or so. Parts Are No Longer Available Unvented water cylinders require annual maintenance. During that maintenance service, parts may need to be replaced – pressure relief valves, temperatures sensors, and the like will need to be replaced over the life of the cylinder. However, if you find that replacement parts are not available for your cylinder, it’s a prime sign that you need to upgrade to a newer model. At EasyFlow, we carry replacement parts for most water cylinders, including some that are no longer manufactured, but if replacement parts are unavailable, the only option will be to replace the cylinder itself. Increasing Costs An aging water cylinder suffers from reduced efficiency – it has to work harder to heat the same volume of water. That increases your energy usage, which means you will be paying more to heat your water. If your operating costs are going up and there are no other changes (you’re not using more hot water, your energy rates have not gone up, and there are no other problems with the system), it could be a sign that your water cylinder is ready to be replaced. Visual Corrosion Water cylinders are manufactured from durable material – stainless steel and copper are two options. They’re designed to withstand the effects of long-term usage and wear. If you’re seeing corrosion on the exterior of the cylinder, at any of the valves or sensors, or anywhere else on your water cylinder, it’s a good sign that it is nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Call EasyFlow Do any of the signs discussed above sound familiar? If so, call EasyFlow to replace your aging water cylinder before it fails outright. Not sure your cylinder is ready to be replaced? We’re happy to inspect it and advise you.

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Range Tribune Unvented Water Cylinders: Choices from Kingspan

Range Tribune were known as premium manufacturers of water cylinders in the UK. While the marque still lives on, Range is no longer an independent company. Instead, the Tribune line of unvented water cylinders is now being manufactured by Kingspan. Despite that change in ownership, Tribune unvented water cylinders still deliver an ideal mixture of performance, reliability, and quality. What should you know about your choices from Kingspan? The Manufacturing Metal Kingspan continues to use high-quality duplex steel to manufacture the cylinder body. Stainless steel offers excellent resistance to corrosion (although it is not immune to it), as well as outstanding strength and resilience. Because of the unique material, these unvented cylinders can rival the corrosion resistance of metals like copper, while still delivering better strength and durability. The Lines Kingspan manufactures two lines of Tribune unvented water cylinders: Xe and HE. The Xe Line: You’ll find that the Xe line includes a wide range of different options. These run the gamut from the Xe Pre-Plumbed, which includes pre-fitted plumbing and is almost ready to go for installers, to indirect options like the Xe Indirect and direct models like the Xe Direct. The Xe Indirect Solar, Pre-Plumbed Solar, and Pre-Plumbed System-Fit unvented cylinders round out the options. The HE Line: The HE line is designed primarily for good efficiency, and is more affordable than the extreme efficiency-focused Xe line. It includes both direct and indirect heated models, as well as pre-plumbed and solar-focused unvented cylinders. What Do Direct and Indirect Mean? The Tribune direct and indirect models are perhaps the best sellers for Kingspan (solar options are growing in popularity, but certainly make up a minority of sales at this time). That means you are most likely interested in one of the two, and knowing the difference matters. Direct Direct unvented cylinders are designed to directly heat the water within them. This is done using electricity and immersion heaters that sit within the centre of the cylinder itself and heat the water around them. Direct cylinders are the simplest to install, as they do not require additional components to function (such as a boiler). Indirect Indirect models are the reverse of direct unvented cylinders. These are installed with a gas or oil-fired boiler, which acts as the primary heat source for warming water. The heated water is then transferred to the water cylinder, where a backup immersion heater will maintain the proper temperature. Which Is Right for You? Kingspan’s Tribune line of unvented water cylinders remains one of the most popular options in the UK, and there’s something for everyone here. However, choosing the right option can be confusing. Do you need direct or indirect? Would a Xe or HE model be better for your needs and budget? Instead of struggling along on your own, get in touch with EasyFlow. One of our G3-qualified plumbers will be happy to discuss both the Xe and HE models and help you make an informed decision.

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Gledhill Boiler Repairs

EasyFlow is one of the few companies that specialize in the repair and maintenance of Gledhill boilers. We have years of experience repairing the Gledhill ElectraMate 2000 and carry most spare parts for this boiler on the van. We also carry parts for the Gledhill PulsaCoil A Class, Gledhill PulsaCoil 2000, Gledhill Torrent and Gledhill Stainless Lite. EasyFlow is now the preferred contractor for many North West property companies.

Annual Service

The EasyFlow Annual Service is a great way to keep your unvented water heater safe and in good working order. Having your unvented water heater serviced each year is an important task, and is recommended by water heater manufacturers. We are competitively priced and provide a certificate for insurance purposes after the annual service is complete.

Maintenance Plans

The EasyFlow Maintenance Plan is a way for property owners to avoid expensive repair costs. Once a plan has been set up, the property owner pays a monthly fee and all call outs, parts and labour to make repairs is included. We also include the annual service for unvented water heaters worth £90.