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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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Water Heating Costs: Is It Cheaper to Leave Hot Water on All the Time?

Hot water is one of the most important creature comforts available to us today. You can take a hot shower whenever you want. You can have hot water at the tap just by turning the handle. There’s no need to kindle a fire and wait for the water to warm up. However, that convenience comes at a cost. Whether you have an electric water cylinder or a gas-fired model, heating the water that serves your home requires energy, and you must pay for that energy. Because water cylinders will cool without access to constant heat, it can seem like you should just leave the hot water on all the time rather than setting a timer for it. Is that the case? Actually, it’s not. Here’s what you should know about it. They Myth Explained The myth about leaving your hot water on goes something like this: because the water in your cylinder cools over time when the element or boiler is not working, you’ll use more energy to get the water up to temp when the timer kicks over. This will increase your costs. You can decrease your costs by just leaving everything on. The truth of the matter is this: yes, you will use a little more energy initially when getting the water back up to temperature. However, you will use far more energy over the course of time because you’ll be heating the cylinder for hours on hours when no one will be using the hot water. This is just money down the drain, as they say. Modern Technology With modern water heaters, you have a cylinder that holds heated water. The cylinder should be well-insulated to help maintain the proper temperature. This works in your favour, because the water can be held at or very near optimum temperature for many hours without having to run the electric elements or boiler to warm the water. Set Your Timer As you can see, it makes little sense to leave your water heater on all the time. Why pay for the energy required to warm the water while you are asleep, or while the family is out at work and school? Instead, use your timer so that you always have access to plenty of hot water when you need it most. You’ll need it when you shower, and you’ll also need it when you’re cooking and washing up. However, check your appliances – some modern dishwashers, for example, are capable of heating water on their own and don’t need a supply of hot water from your cylinder. Not Sure? Not entirely sure how to set your timer? Perhaps you want to consider upgrading your current cylinder. Whatever the case, get in touch with us at EasyFlow. Call us on 0161 941 5571 and we’ll be pleased to send a qualified, professional plumber around to speak with you, discuss your options, provide maintenance, or anything else you might need.

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Choosing a Water Heater: What Size Water Cylinder Do I Need?

You need hot water for showers, washing up, doing dishes, and more. While the right brand of water cylinder will ensure that you have reliable operation and fewer hassles, you still need to ensure that you choose the right size for your needs. It’s actually pretty simple to determine what size cylinder you need for your family. We’ll walk you through everything below. Why Does It Matter? First, let’s address why size matters in the first place. While we are talking about physical dimensions, what we’re really discussing here is volume. The more volume the cylinder holds, the more hot water you’ll have at one time. That means more showers, more loads of dishes, etc. However, the larger the cylinder and the more water it holds, the more energy it will require to heat up to temp in the first place, which means your costs will be higher, too. The Rule of Thumb The UK’s Hot Water Association offers a good rule of thumb that may help you estimate the size of your hot water cylinder. In a home with low consumption, you’ll need 20 to 30 litres of hot water per person per day. In a home with average consumption, you’ll need 30 to 50 litres of hot water per person per day. In a high-consumption home, you’ll need 50 to 70 litres of hot water per person per day. However, remember that this is only for personal use – showering and the like. It does not include any other uses, such as heating. General Size Considerations In general, our recommendations for cylinder size are based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your home. We’ve included a handy sizing chart below for your reference. # of Bedrooms # of Bathrooms Cylinder Size in Litres 1 1 120 litres minimum 2 1 150 litres minimum 3 Up to 2 180 litres minimum 4 2 210 litres minimum 5 and up 2 and up 300 litres minimum *Note that these sizes are for direct/unvented cylinders. The chart above should at least give you a starting point. However, there are numerous factors that will influence the size of the cylinder you ultimately choose. For instance, do you use your cylinder for central home heating? For underfloor heating? The more uses the water is put to, the more volume you will need. You will also want to factor in other things in your decision. Number of People: Sometimes, the number of bedrooms does not accurately reflect the number of people living in a home. How many people live under your roof? How frequently do they shower or bathe? Volume of Dishes: How often do you use your automatic dishwasher or wash dishes by hand? Again, this will be affected by the number of people in the household – washing up after a dinner for four will be very different from washing up after a dinner for six or eight people! While we can help you find an estimated size, the best way to ensure accuracy is through a professional in-home assessment. Call EasyFlow today on 0161 941 5571 to schedule an appointment in Greater Manchester or Liverpool

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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.