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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

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Why Does It Take Longer to Get Hot Water at Some Taps in My Home?

We have all been there before. We open the hot tap and then we wait. It can feel like it takes forever for the water to go from cold to warm and then finally get hot. If the tap is connected to the same pipes as the rest of your plumbing fixtures, why does it take so long for the water to get hot? Actually, there are quite a few potential reasons for this, and we’ll discuss some of the more common ones below.   Distance The distance between the tap and the water heater is perhaps the biggest factor here. The farther from the water heater the tap is, the longer it will take for the water to warm. This is particularly true if you’re blending hot and cold water to make it warm. Simply put, hot water has to travel from the water heater to the tap. If it’s a significant distance, it will take longer for the water to travel.   Piping Diameter The pipes in your home are of different sizes. This can speed up or slow down the arrival of hot water at specific taps. For instance, a narrow diameter pipe means that you get hot water faster than other people. A wider diameter pipe will mean you have to wait longer for hot water because it requires more water to fill the pipe, which slows down delivery.   Water in the Pipes The pipes in your home always have water in them. The whole system is pressurised. However, if it has been some time since you’ve used the hot water from the tap in question, the water between that tap and the water heater has cooled down. It may have lost all of its heat. This is another factor that determines how long it takes to get hot water out of a particular tap in the home. If you used the tap recently, it will take less time to get hot water, because the water in the pipe is still hot.   Flow Rate Finally, there’s the question of the flow rate. This is a measure of how much water comes out of a faucet or showerhead in a specific amount of time. The higher the flow rate, the more water it puts out during that period. The lower the flow rate, the less water it delivers. If you have a low-flow rate faucet or showerhead, it will take longer for the water to get hot simply because there is less of it coming out.

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What Does the Anode Rod in My Water Heater Do?

Water heaters are essential to modern life. However, most of us have very little idea of how they work, beyond the basics. We know that water flows into the cylinder from the mains, that it is heated, and that the temperature is maintained by good insulation around the cylinder, but that’s about it. Most of the other components are mysteries to us. For instance, what’s an anode rod and what does it do?   What Is an Anode Rod? You may hear it called an anode rod, or a sacrificial anode rod, but they are both the same thing. It’s a metal rod that’s extended into the cylinder of the water heater. It serves just one purpose – to attract corrosive elements and prevent them from causing damage to the cylinder walls. An electric current flows through the rod, charging it, and attracting particles with the opposite charge. As the particles collect, the rode corrodes, eventually succumbing to the damage and needing to be replaced.   What Is an Anode Rod Made From? Anode rods are made from metal, but different metals can be used. You will find they’re made of either magnesium, aluminium, or zinc. Each metal offers something a little bit different. Magnesium – Magnesium is the best-performing metal for anode rod construction, but it’s the least durable. It generates around 1.6 volts in the cylinder but may need to be replaced every year if your water is particularly hard or soft. Aluminium – Aluminium generates 1.1 volts and is the middle ground when it comes to anode construction. You’ll need to inspect it annually, but usually, they will only need to be replaced every five years or so. Zinc – This is the lowest performance material, generating just 1.05 volts. It has a lifespan pretty comparable with aluminium.   What Happens When an Anode Rod Fails? So, what happens when you anode rod eventually reaches the end of its lifespan? Does your water heater stop working? No, but the process of failure is accelerated. The anode rod prevents corrosive agents from attacking the walls of the cylinder. Without it, those corrosive elements go to work eating away at the inside of your cylinder, eventually causing serious problems, and, ultimately, failure.   Signs of Anode Rod Failure How do you know when your anode rod has failed? Ideally, you’ll have a water heater maintenance service inspect everything once per year. This is the only way to guarantee that you are able to replace the rod before it fails completely and extend the lifespan of your water heater. However, there are signs you can look for that may indicate your rod has already failed. It may or may not be too late to save the cylinder. Some of these signs include: Popping sounds during water heater operation Clogging faucet aerators Slimy gel on faucet aerators Water is warm but not as hot as it used to be Concerned that your anode rod might be about to fail, or have already failed? Contact EasyFlow to schedule an inspection from one of our water heater specialists.

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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.