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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

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.

Critical Tips to Help You Save Energy with Your Unvented Cylinder

Your unvented cylinder provides you with a reliable source of hot water for all your bathing and washing needs. Life without access to hot water on demand would be unthinkable, and certainly less than ideal. However, that water cylinder requires energy to heat water, and that costs money. While you can’t eliminate those costs entirely, there are ways to make your cylinder more efficient, reducing energy consumption and your bill at the same time.   Insulate Your Pipes There are two primary costs involved with your unvented cylinder – the cost of the water you use (if you’re connected to the municipal water supply), and the cost of the energy used to heat the water that you use. Both of those costs can be reduced with one simple step: insulating your hot water pipes. As water travels through the piping away from the water cylinder and toward the tap, it cools. To get water at the temperature that you want, you might have to open just the hot tap and leave it running for several minutes. However, with insulation, you may find that you need to run the water very little to get up to temp and that you can even reduce the flow of hot water. That reduces the amount of energy used to heat water and the amount of water used.   Look for Drips in the Tundish Another hidden cost of operating an unvented cylinder comes from wasted water dripping into the tundish. If your pressure regulating valve has not been properly maintained, it can become stuck, gummed up with mineral deposits from the water. This allows water to drip from the valve into the tundish, which wastes water but also requires additional energy. By having your unvented cylinder inspected and serviced every year, you can prevent water from dripping into the tundish. That reduces water and energy use.   Dripping Taps A dripping tap is more than just an annoyance – it’s a waste of resources, particularly if it’s the hot tap that’s dripping. Every drop of water comes from your water cylinder, which means a couple of things. First, that water dripping down the drain has been heated (requiring resources you’ve paid for). Second, it means that fresh water is moving into the cylinder to replace what’s being wasted running down the drain.   Check Water Pressure Level We all want good pressure at the taps, and for some of us, there’s an idea that higher pressure levels are better. Sure, solid pressure in the shower or while washing dishes is a great thing, but there is such a thing as too much pressure. With the pressure set too high, the flow from the taps is excessive. Ultimately, it means that you’re wasting water (and the energy required to heat that water). By reducing the pressure (via a pressure reducing/low flow showerhead or faucet), you reduce the flow of water and the amount of water you’re wasting.   Check the Temperature Finally, check the temperature on your cylinder’s thermostat. You need to maintain your water at a minimum of 60 degrees C, but much higher than that could mean that you’re wasting energy to heat water. If you’re not sure how to insulate your pipes, install low-flow fixtures, adjust your temperature, or maintain your cylinder, get in touch with EasyFlow.

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Dealing with a Lack of Hot Water Pressure on an Unvented Cylinder

When you open the hot tap, you expect to have a mains pressure stream of heated water. However, what if you were to open the tap and only a drizzle came out? Dealing with a lack of hot water pressure with an unvented cylinder can be daunting, but while only certified professionals should handle repairs and service, there are things you can do to troubleshoot the situation before calling a plumber. Is It Just the Hot Water? The first step doesn’t require doing much – just close the hot tap and open the cold tap. Is there a lack of pressure there, too? If you’re experiencing a loss of pressure with both hot and cold water, chances are good that the issue is actually with the mains themselves. Any problem that prevents water from flowing into your home at the right pressure will also affect outflow from your cylinder. Is It Just One Tap? Another quick check is to go to another tap and open it. Ideally, you’ll use a tap on another floor or in a very different part of the home. Open the hot tap in that location and inspect the flow of water. Is that tap also experiencing a loss of pressure? If not, there could be a blockage in the piping leading to the initial tap where you observed the lack of pressure. Visually Inspect the Cylinder If you have determined that your entire home is suffering from a loss of hot water pressure, the culprit is probably the unvented cylinder. Rather, it is likely the pressure reduction valve located on the unvented cylinder. Over time and without proper maintenance, minerals and sediment can build up within the valve and cause it to stick. To inspect this, check the pressure reduction valve for signs of water – if it is dripping water into the tundish, there is a problem with the valve and likely needs to be replaced. What Is a Pressure Reduction Valve? A pressure reduction valve, usually abbreviated as PRV, is a special valve that’s designed to reduce the pressure of the water entering the home to help prevent damage to plumbing fixtures. Mains pressure is not a guaranteed constant. Dramatic, rapid increases in pressure can occur. When this happens, unprotected systems can be damaged. Your pressure reduction valve helps ensure that does not occur. Call in the Professionals Unvented cylinders can only be serviced by professionals with the G3 qualification. It’s important that you do not attempt to service your water cylinder on your own, and that you only work with a qualified plumber. At EasyFlow, our plumbers all carry the required G3 qualification and will be happy to inspect your unvented cylinder, replace any faulty components, and get your hot water pressure back to normal. Contact us today to request an inspection and service, and don’t forget to ask about our annual water cylinder service to prevent problems in the future.

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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.