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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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Common Minerals in UK Tap Water and Their Impact on Your Water Heater

Water is a necessity. We need it for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing the dishes, and so much more. However, how much do you know about the water that flows when you open a tap? What’s in it besides good old H2O? Water, whether you’re connected to the municipal supply or have your own well, contains more than just water. There are chemicals used to treat water to ensure it is healthy and safe for consumption. However, there are also minerals. These include things like lime, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, amongst others. Those minerals add to the health benefits of water, supplementing your intake, but they also affect other things. Consider your water heater. It does more than simply hold heated water so you can take a relaxing shower or wash up after supper. Everything inside the water heater, from the inlet to the immersion heater to the anode and the outflow comes into contact with water and the minerals it contains. Depending on the specific minerals in your supply, you will have either hard water or soft water. Both types interact differently within your water heater. The Impact of Hard Water Hard water contains a lot of magnesium and calcium. It can also include a lot of time. Not sure if you have hard water or not? The next time you boil water, look for the tell-tale white residue on the sides of the boiler. Within your plumbing, hard water creates “scale” – a layer of residue that builds and grows over time. This can damage all parts of your plumbing, from toilet workings to the interior of pipes and, yes, your water heater. In your water heater, the minerals settle to the bottom, but boiling water can raise them and create a rumbling noise. To deal with hard-water scale and mineral build-up, you can install a water softener, which will remove the minerals that cause the problem (but may cause problems of their own). You can also drain and flush the water heater annually, which is a recommended part of water heater maintenance. The Impact of Soft Water If you have soft water, the issue isn’t calcium or magnesium. Instead, it’s sodium. That causes problems of its own. Water with high sodium content will actually accelerate the corrosion and ultimate failure of the anode within your water heater. It may also corrode other parts, hastening the time when you need to replace the cylinder. The only real way to deal with soft water-related damage is to check your anode regularly and replace it when necessary. Otherwise, it could lead to leaks and damage. Do You Have Damage? Our experienced plumbers are highly trained and able to detect potential problems and repair your system. We also offer annual maintenance services that help ensure your water heater lasts as long as possible.

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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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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.