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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.

What Are the Differences Between Unvented Cylinder Brands?

Thinking about upgrading your vented cylinder for an unvented cylinder? There are plenty of advantages here, including less need for space, no need to put it in the attic of the home, better water pressure, and more. Still, it can be challenging to choose the right model given the number of unvented cylinder brands on the market.   From Gledhill to Telford, Santon to OSO, Heatrae Sadia to Megaflo, which are the differences between brands? What makes one stand out from the rest? In this post, we’ll explore what you need to know to make an informed decision.   Reheat Time from Cold One of the first things you’ll want to consider is how long it takes the cylinder to reheat from cold. That is, once you mostly empty the cylinder through a long, hot shower, or washing a load of dishes, how long will you have to wait before you have a full cylinder of hot water again? That can vary greatly from brand to brand and even model to model. Some of the better options on the market can reheat a full cylinder in 22 minutes, while others may take 24, 27, 30 minutes, or even longer.   Capacity for the Price The cylinder’s size – it’s volume – is an important consideration. However, you also need to consider the price for that capacity. While one unit might offer 170-litres in capacity, it’ll set you back around £900, not counting installation. Another brand’s cylinder of the same size would cost around £600 or so before installation. However, the more affordable option has a much longer reheat time than the second model (36 minutes versus 22 minutes). Compare your options and find an unvented cylinder that offers a good capacity for the price, but also compare with an eye for reheat time.   ErP Efficiency Rating Efficiency is a critical consideration, as it will affect the cost of operating your water heater over time. The more efficient the unit, the less it will cost to operate. However, that generally means you’ll pay more upfront. Ideally, you’ll opt for an unvented cylinder with an A rating, but that may not be in your price range. B and C ratings are also worth considering and will usually save you a little cash upfront without completely sacrificing energy efficiency.   Guarantee Your unvented cylinder will come with a guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship. However, the length of that guarantee can vary dramatically from brand to brand. Some brands offer a lifetime warranty on the entire cylinder, while others may only provide 35 or 30 years. Some brands even limit their coverage of internal components to just two years. Shop carefully so that you get the protection you need.   Need Help? We’re Here Need a hand comparing the various unvented boiler models on the market? We would love to help. Our certified unvented cylinder specialists can help you find the right brand, capacity, efficiency rating, and guarantee length for your needs and budget.

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How Does a Water Heater Blending Valve Work?

Cold water flows into your water heater. The immersion heater warms that water. When you open the tap, hot water flows out. It’s as simple as that, right? Well not if you have a thermal store water cylinder. The water in the cylinder never actually gets to the tap. If you have a thermal store water heater, the hot water in the store passes through a heat exchanger and returns, after having given-up its heat, back to the thermal store cylinder. The heat exchanger passes the heat from the store to the fresh cold water passing through the heat exchanger from the water main. This high temperature water then enters the blending valve to be mixed with some cold water to ensure that when the water reaches your taps, it does so at the correct temperature.   The truth is that to safely enjoy hot water at the tap, you need the right equipment. One of those pieces is the blending valve, also called a mixing valve. Not sure what this might be or what it does? It’s a critical element to your family’s comfort and even affects safety. What Is a Blending Valve? Simply put, a blending valve is nothing more than a piece of equipment attached to the water heater cylinder that blends a small amount of cold water with the hot water from the heat exchanger in your tank on its way out into the pipes in your home. It blends cold water and hot water, thus the name. Why Is a Blending Valve Important? You’ll find that blending valves are critical for several different reasons. We’ll discuss those below: Safety – One of the most important reasons that you need a blending valve on your water heater cylinder is for safety. Scalding water can cause serious burns and a blending valve reduces the temperature of the water to a safer level. This is particularly important for homes with small children who are more susceptible to higher temperatures. Prevention – Your water heater cylinder is a prime place for bacteria to breed and thrive. To prevent that, the water must be stored at a high temperature; too high for safety in your home. A blending valve allows you to keep your water at a temperature high enough to kill bacteria while still ensuring that everyone in the home can use the hot water without worry. Savings – Finally, a blending valve allows you to “stretch” your hot water. Because it may only drop the temperature of the water by a few degrees, you still get good, hot water from the tap. However, you use less heated water than you would without the valve in place. This allows you to save in several ways. First, you save water, which is always good. Second, you save energy, which is also good. Finally, you save money (on both water and energy consumption), which is great. Do You Have a Blending Valve? Your cylinder may or may not be equipped with a blending valve. As a general rule unvented water cylinders do not have them and thermal store cylinders do have them, but there are some exceptions and blending valves are, in some cases, now being fitted to unvented cylinders. The only way to make sure you have the benefits offered by this piece of equipment is to have the system inspected by a professionally trained plumber. At EasyFlow, our plumbers are certified for unvented cylinders, but we’re also happy to help with other plumbing needs, including the installation of blending valves if you currently lack one. The many benefits offered, including greater safety for your little ones, make this a must-have option. Contact us today for more information.

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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.