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Unvented Cylinder Repair and Maintenance

Repairs from £120 with a Maintenance Plan

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

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Water Heater Troubleshooting: Understanding Common Problems with Unvented Cylinders

Today, unvented cylinders are the most frequently recommended option for residential hot water needs. They offer superior pressure in the shower and at the taps compared to vented cylinders. They do not take up as much room as vented cylinders, and they can be installed just about anywhere that there’s access to the mains, as well. However, they can suffer from a few common issues. For homeowners, it’s important to understand the most common problems you might face with an unvented cylinder.   No Hot Water   Perhaps the single most common problem you might experience with an unvented cylinder is no hot water. This can present as cold water when you open the hot tap, or no water flow at all from the hot tap. A couple of different issues can cause this problem, including no power to the water heater due to a tripped circuit breaker, or a problem with the residual current device installed on the unit. Regular maintenance will ensure that there are no reasons for your water heater to trip the breaker and that the RCD is in good working condition, as well.   Thermostat Issues   Your unvented cylinder will be equipped with a thermostat. This allows you to set the temperature on the water heater to your preferences (and to ensure safety for members of your household). It is also an important tool for helping to prevent overheating and overpressure situations. It is possible for the thermostat to malfunction in a number of ways, all of which can be prevented through annual inspections and regular maintenance by a G3-certified plumber.   Expansion Vessel or Air Bubble Problems   Unvented cylinders have either an expansion tank or an air bubble system. This allows the unit to accommodate the increased volume of heated water without any danger. However, both expansion tanks and air bubble systems can become depleted over time. This mean there is less expansion room for heated water and increased risk for your home. Annual maintenance is the best way to avoid this problem.   Pressure Relief Valve   Hot water creates a great deal of pressure within an unvented cylinder. If this builds up to dangerous levels, the tank could split. A pressure relief valve helps prevent this from happening by allowing excess pressure to be vented. If the valve fails, this cannot happen, though. Again, annual maintenance ensures that this valve is in working order.   Pressure Reducing Valve Failure   Because an unvented cylinder is connected directly to the mains, a pressure reducing valve is needed to ensure that incoming water pressure remains at a safe level. If the valve were to fail, the cylinder could become over pressured. Annual service ensures that your valve remains in good working condition.   As you can see, the single most important thing to do to prevent these common problems with unvented cylinders is to ensure that your water heater is properly serviced and maintained. Call EasyFlow on 0161 941 5571 to schedule your maintenance.

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Common Minerals in UK Tap Water and Their Impact on Your Water Heater

Water is a necessity. We need it for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing the dishes, and so much more. However, how much do you know about the water that flows when you open a tap? What’s in it besides good old H2O? Water, whether you’re connected to the municipal supply or have your own well, contains more than just water. There are chemicals used to treat water to ensure it is healthy and safe for consumption. However, there are also minerals. These include things like lime, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, amongst others. Those minerals add to the health benefits of water, supplementing your intake, but they also affect other things. Consider your water heater. It does more than simply hold heated water so you can take a relaxing shower or wash up after supper. Everything inside the water heater, from the inlet to the immersion heater to the anode and the outflow comes into contact with water and the minerals it contains. Depending on the specific minerals in your supply, you will have either hard water or soft water. Both types interact differently within your water heater. The Impact of Hard Water Hard water contains a lot of magnesium and calcium. It can also include a lot of time. Not sure if you have hard water or not? The next time you boil water, look for the tell-tale white residue on the sides of the boiler. Within your plumbing, hard water creates “scale” – a layer of residue that builds and grows over time. This can damage all parts of your plumbing, from toilet workings to the interior of pipes and, yes, your water heater. In your water heater, the minerals settle to the bottom, but boiling water can raise them and create a rumbling noise. To deal with hard-water scale and mineral build-up, you can install a water softener, which will remove the minerals that cause the problem (but may cause problems of their own). You can also drain and flush the water heater annually, which is a recommended part of water heater maintenance. The Impact of Soft Water If you have soft water, the issue isn’t calcium or magnesium. Instead, it’s sodium. That causes problems of its own. Water with high sodium content will actually accelerate the corrosion and ultimate failure of the anode within your water heater. It may also corrode other parts, hastening the time when you need to replace the cylinder. The only real way to deal with soft water-related damage is to check your anode regularly and replace it when necessary. Otherwise, it could lead to leaks and damage. Do You Have Damage? Our experienced plumbers are highly trained and able to detect potential problems and repair your system. We also offer annual maintenance services that help ensure your water heater lasts as long as possible.

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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.