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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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What is a Tundish? Everything you need to know about what a Tundish is and how to check it

Water heating technology has evolved a great deal over the last century or so. We’ve gone from having to manually heat water over an open fire and carrying it in buckets to being able to open the tap and enjoy immediate access to hot water for all our washing needs. However, if you’re like most people, you know only a little bit about the technology that allows this to happen. Your water cylinder’s operation is likely as little understood as how satellites work with GPS systems. One of the least understood pieces of your water cylinder is called the tundish. Knowing what a tundish is, what it does, and how to check it are important considerations for homeowners today. What Is a Tundish? While it might sound like some sort of pan or dish that is placed under your water cylinder, a tundish is actually something else altogether. It looks a bit like a plastic cup attached to piping on your cylinder. You’ll find it just off the pressure relieve valve and above the discharge piping. What Does a Tundish Do? A tundish performs two principle tasks. First, and most importantly, it serves to prevent any sort of cross contamination between an overflow pipe and a drain pipe. It serves as an air gap and provides a visible window into the overflow system, as well. Without the tundish in place, you would not be able to see any water flowing from the pressure relief valve to the overflow drain. How Do I Check My Tundish? Checking your tundish is actually very simple and requires no tools or even special training. Simply locate the tundish (often easier to do by locating the pressure relief valve and then following the line). Check the tundish for signs of water. If there is water flowing into the tundish, then you know that your pressure relief valve is leaking. This bit of information is very important because it tells you that there is a problem with the system itself. Of course, there could be more than one type of problem. The first and simplest problem to rectify is that your unvented cylinder pressure is too high. This might be nothing more than a need to adjust the pressure in the system, although we do not recommend doing this yourself, as the system is pressurised, and a mistake could be dangerous. The second potential problem (and one of the more common issues) is that your pressure relief valve is actually bad. This valve is only designed to open in the event that the system becomes over pressurised. If it is leaking and the system is not over pressured, then the valve is in danger of failing completely. It will need to be replaced. Checking your tundish regularly should be part of your basic home maintenance. If you see water in the tundish, it is important to get in touch with Easy Flow immediately as it indicates either an over pressure situation or a failing pressure relief valve. If you would like a qualified EasyFlow engineer to come and check any problems with your Tundish, call us on 0161 941 5571. Please check our LOCATION tab to see if we cover your area.

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How to Choose the Right Replacement Water Heater

Whether you’ve just had a new home built, or you’re replacing an aging unit, there’s a lot that you need to know about choosing a water heater. These appliances perform a simple yet essential task – supplying you and your family with hot water at the taps at all times. The right choice will ensure that you always have a ready supply of hot water, but the wrong choice could leave you paying more than you should, and still not enjoying the water supply that you deserve. What should you know about choosing the right water heater?   Capacity Perhaps the single most important consideration when replacing a water heater is that you get the right capacity (for a thermal store, unvented water heater). These cylinders actually store the heated water and hold it until you’re ready to use it. You need to make sure that the cylinder you choose is large enough to meet your maximum demand.   For most households, this is during the morning, when the children are getting ready for school, and the parents are getting ready for work. However, it may be during the evening for your home. Determine when there is the most demand for hot water, and then size your water heater replacement accordingly.   Energy Consumption Another important consideration here is the energy consumption of the water heater. Modern units are much more efficient than they were several decades ago, but you’ll find that there’s still a lot of disparity on the market. Generally speaking, the cheaper the hot water cylinder, the less efficient it is. That does not mean that you need to purchase the most expensive unit on the market, but it does mean that you need to realise that you often get what you pay for.   Timer or Programmer It’s important that the water heater you choose has a programmer or timer built into it. This ensures that the unit will heat water when electric rates are at their lowest, and store that water at the right temperature until you’re ready for it. This can save you and your family a great deal of money over the course of a year. In some instances, you can adjust the programmer to meet your usage needs, or the power situation in your area of the UK.   Insulation Quality Finally, you need to consider the quality of the insulation with the cylinder. This is what keeps the water at the right temperature. The higher the insulation level, the longer the water’s temperature can be maintained at the ideal temperature, and the less frequently the immersion heaters will kick on to reheat the water. It’s all about reducing demand for electricity and saving money, without sacrificing comfort.   In the end, there are many potential water heater models that might fit your needs. Perhaps the best path forward is to work with an expert – call EasyFlow at 0161 941 5571 and we’d be happy to discuss your needs and the options available.   Source:   https://www.homedepot.com/c/water_heater_buying_guide_HT_BG_PL https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/water-heating/selecting-new-water-heater

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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.