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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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Information and advice on how to safely use, operate and save money with unvented water cylinders, thermal store water heater and electric boilers.

Why Is My Water Heater Making a Sizzling Sound?

Your water heater is a critical part of your household. It’s vital to comfort, cleanliness, and more. When it’s brand new, it probably operated very quietly, but as it ages, you may notice some odd sounds coming from the cylinder. For instance, it’s not uncommon for some models to make a sizzling sound during operation. What does it mean? Sizzling Sounds Sediment is present in all water sources in the UK, whether you’re on a well or the municipal water supply. It includes fine grains of sand but is mostly comprised of minerals like lime, calcium, and magnesium. As you use the water heater, sediment in the water settles out and begins coating the inside of the water heater from the bottom up. In a situation where the water heater is creating a sizzling sound, the issue is likely that water is becoming trapped in the sediment on the bottom of the cylinder. Here, it boils, turns to steam, and sizzles while trapped between the bottom of the cylinder and the sediment layer. Finally, some situations involving a sizzling sound relate more to valve issues than anything else. The most common culprit is the temperature and pressure relief valve – listen closely near the valve while the unit is operating. If the sizzling sound is coming from here, turn off the unit and call a qualified repair professional.   Other Sounds Your Water Heater Can Make In addition to sizzling sounds, water heaters can make many other noises as they age. We’ll run through some of the most common below. Popping – If you’re hearing a popping noise from your unvented cylinder, then chances are good it’s related to sediment build-up at the bottom of the tank. As sediment increases, water becomes trapped, boils, and then bubbles up through the layers, creating a popping sound. The only way to stop this is to drain and flush the cylinder, removing the build-up in the process. Screeching – A screeching sound from your unvented cylinder is sometimes an indication of restricted water flow into the unit. Check the inlet control valve and make sure that it is fully open and not partially closed. Thankfully, this is a relatively simple fix! However, if you check the valve and it’s fully open, but the screeching sound continues, call for professional help. Hissing – Many different things can cause hissing sounds with your water heater. One of those is condensation running down the outside of the cylinder, and then coming into contact with hot surfaces, such as the area around the burner in a gas-fired water heater. Condensation is sometimes normal when you use a large quantity of heated water very quickly and the unit is refilled with cold water from the mains. Call Us If you’re experiencing any of these issues, get in touch with EasyFlow today. One of our trained specialists will help get your system up and running again.

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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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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.