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If you have a thermal store water cylinder that heats water for use throughout your home, chances are good that you have run out of hot water at least once in your memory. Perhaps everyone in the family got a shower before you did, leaving you with tepid water for your bathing. Perhaps you jumped in the shower after running the dishwasher, only to find that your dishes had consumed most of the hot water. In these situations, the boost setting on your water cylinder could come in very handy. What is boost all about? What Does the Boost Setting Do? The function of the boost setting varies from one type of water cylinder to another, but they all work in a roughly similar way. When the boost kicks in, it heats only a portion of the water in the cylinder to your specified temperature, and it does so very quickly, at least in comparison with the time it would take the immersion heater to warm the contents of the entire cylinder. The primary difference between various water cylinder types is how much water is heated and how long that heating process takes. For instance, with an E7 system, the boost setting would heat water for about 60 minutes, and it would warm about 10% of the water in the cylinder, giving you enough for a standard shower before the water would run cold once more. If your system is a non-E7 setup, then it would run for about 30 minutes and provide the same 10% of the cylinder’s contents warmed. In addition to system types, you also need to consider the location of the boost element. If it is located in the top of the cylinder, you will usually only get about 10% of the cylinder’s contents heated within the operating window. However, if the system has an element located midway down the cylinder, you could see 30% heated within 30 minutes. With a boost element near the bottom, you could feasibly warm 90% of the water in 30 minutes. Why Use the Boost Setting? If you have a modern water cylinder, then it should be equipped with a thermostat. When left on, this ensures that you always have a full cylinder of hot water. Why would someone choose to use the boost setting instead of the thermostat? There are a couple of reasons here. First, the boost setting is useful for situations in which most of the cylinder’s hot water has been used but you still need more hot water and don’t have time to wait for long periods. Second, the boost setting is useful for situations where you want to conserve energy and do not have significant hot water demands. You could simply use the boost setting to ensure there was enough water heated for your bathing and washing needs, without having to heat the entire cylinder, thus reducing your energy usage. As you can see, the boost setting on your water cylinder is actually quite handy and can provide several benefits.

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Water too hot?

Your hot water cylinder helps ensure that you have access to a ready store of hot water for bathing, washing dishes, or any other task. However, sometimes the water inside that cylinder just isn’t the right temperature. Do you open the tap to find that your water just isn’t hot enough? Perhaps you’re worried that very hot water might scald someone and want to turn the temperature down. Don’t worry – it’s actually very simple to do this.  1. Locate the Thermostat If you have a water cylinder, as opposed to a combi-boiler, you’ll have a thermostat on the unit itself. You will need to locate this in order to change the temperature. In most instances, you’ll find the thermostat between 1/3 and 1/4 of the way up the cylinder’s body from the bottom and will usually take the form of a plastic box with a dial and a temperature scale on it.  2. Adjust the Thermostat Once you have located the thermostat, you will just need to turn the dial to the temperature that you prefer. The temperature scale is marked on the thermostat’s body, and it is simple to determine what temperature has been set. If your water is too cold, turn the dial toward the higher end of the scale. If your water is too hot, turn the dial toward the colder end of the scale. As a note, you should ideally set the temperature of the water between 60 and 65 degrees Celsius.  3. Have Patience It is important to note that changing the temperature on your thermostat will not result in an instantaneous temperature change to the water within the cylinder. It takes time for water to heat up or cool down. If you are increasing the temperature of your water, you will likely need to wait around an hour or so before the water reaches your desired temperature. However, if you are turning your water temperature down, you will likely need to wait a longer period. Modern water cylinders are well insulated and can maintain their internal temperatures for long periods. To speed up the process, run a load of dishes, or wash clothes that require hot water. The cylinder will then refill, and the water will be heated to the new temperature set on the thermostat.  A Note on Temperatures You likely noticed the specific temperature range suggested above – 60 to 65 degrees. Why is that range selected? There are two reasons. First, that is warm enough to kill most pathogens that might be in your water. Turning your water cylinder temperature too low could leave you at risk of becoming ill. A minimum of 60 degrees helps you avoid this. On the other hand, 65 degrees is not hot enough to cause severe scalding injuries, so you avoid getting the water too hot and injuring someone in your home. As you can see, changing your water cylinder temperature is not all that complicated. With a little bit of time, you can ensure your water is just the right temperature.

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No Hot Water within Your Cylinder?

We’ve come to rely on our modern creature comforts. When you press the power button, you expect the tele to come on. When you close the lid and press the start button, you expect your clothes washing machine to begin filling with water. When you open your hot water tap, you expect to receive a stream of heated water. However, that does not always happen. If you’ve found that you have no hot water in your cylinder, it can be a frustrating situation, but there is hope. Your unit might need nothing more than a simple reset. How do you reset the cylinder, though? First Things First Before you try to reset the cylinder, check the built-in thermostat to make sure that it has not been bumped or knocked somehow. Even a minor knock could be enough to turn the temperature of your cylinder well below what you would consider hot. If the dial is under 60 degrees Celsius, turn it back to between 60 and 65 degrees and let the water heat back up. Locate the Reset Button First, you will need to locate the reset button on your water cylinder. Usually, this can be found near the thermostat, often just below it. The reset button may be uncovered, or it may have a “lockout” cover. Find the switch and then move on to the next step. Press the Reset Button Once you have located the reset button, press it. If your cylinder has a built-in manually reset safety switch under a lockout cover, you’ll first need to remove the cover, then press the switch. The cylinder should then reset and begin working once more. If the water within the cylinder has cooled off considerably, it may take some time for it to reheat. Be patient. No Visible Reset Button If your cylinder does not have a visible reset button, you are not out of luck. You will simply need to change tactics. Go to your home’s fuse panel/breaker box and locate the circuit breaker that controls your water cylinder. If it is tripped, note this, and then flip it back once more. If it is not tripped, flip it off, wait a couple of seconds, and then flip it back once more. Your cylinder should reset and begin heating the water again. What If You Still Have No Hot Water? There is a chance that resetting the cylinder or turning the power off and back on again will not remedy the situation. In this case, the problem is most likely with the immersion heater and its built-in thermostat. It is not recommended that you attempt to address this problem on your own. Instead, get in touch with Easy Flow and we will get you back up and running in no time. Of course, we’re also happy to be of service at the first sign of trouble, as well.

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With an unvented water cylinder, there is a need for a header or feeder tank. This helps keep the system primed and working properly. However, if the level of water within the tank drops too low, you may experience a wide range of issues with your hot water system, including pressure drops, temperature drops, and more. If you have a Gledhill PulsaCoil water cylinder, you have a plastic top up cistern attached to the water cylinder. How do you check the header tank level? It’s actually not very complicated.  1. Locate the Header Tank The first step here is to locate the header tank and ascertain its condition. Note that Gledhill actually offer an optional sight glass for the plastic header tank that allows you to see the water level without doing anything else. If your tank is so equipped, simply look at the level of water in the sight glass. If it is low, top off the tank. If it is not, check it again later in the year.  2. No Sight Glass If your system does not have a sight glass, you’ll have a little more work to do. You will need to remove the plastic top to the header tank. Then, using a handheld torch (if there is not enough ambient light), check the water level within the tank. There is a fill line marked on the side of the tank so all you need to do is check the level against that mark to determine if you need to fill the tank. If you do not currently have a sight glass, but you would like one installed, Easy Flow may be able to install one for you to make maintaining your water cylinder simpler and easier. 3. Fill the Tank (If Necessary) The Gledhill PulsaCoil has a manual fill header tank. What that means is you must top up the tank regularly by hand in order to maintain proper operation of your system. You will simply need to add water to the tank until it reaches the fill line, which is roughly halfway up the wall of the tank.  4. Close the Lid Once you have checked the water level and/or topped off the water in the tank, simply replace the lid and make sure that it is well sealed. Leaving it loose could speed up evaporation and reduce the level of water in your tank. How Often Should You Check the Header Tank Level? While it is necessary to check the header tank water level regularly, you do not need to do so very frequently. Gledhill recommends three to four times per year. It should also be part of your annual service. As you can see, there is not a lot involved with checking the header tank unit. The most important thing is to ensure that you do not forget to do it regularly.

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When you open the hot water tap at your sink, you expect to be rewarded with a stream of piping hot water for your washing needs. The same thing applies when you set foot in the shower, or when you wash a load of clothes on the hot setting. However, there’s a chance that when you open that tap, the water that comes out will be lukewarm rather than hot. What’s the problem here? Actually, it could be one of several different issues. Check the Thermostat The first thing you need to do is to check the thermostat on your water cylinder. It should be located between halfway and one-quarter up the cylinder from the base. It will most likely be a plastic box with a round dial on it, although newer models might have a digital thermostat instead. Check that the thermostat is set for between 60 and 65 degrees. If it has been bumped somehow, the temperature could have been accidentally set lower than this, which would give you lukewarm water. If the thermostat is correctly set, the problem might still lie with it. There is a chance that the thermostat is faulty and will need to be replaced. However, the issue here is that your cylinder actually has two thermostats, and you will need to determine which one is bad before it can be replaced. Easy Flow can help do that. Check the Power Supply If you have a thermal store water cylinder, it can maintain the temperature of the water inside it for a long period even without a source of heating. The water will slowly cool down, eventually reaching lukewarm before it becomes cold. If the thermostat is not the problem, check the power to the system. The place to do this would be at the breaker that controls the water cylinder. If it has been tripped, then no power is getting to the system. Flip it back into position and see if the water heater turns back on. Note that a tripped breaker is often a sign that there’s a deeper problem that needs to be addressed, as circuit breakers are designed to trip in the case of over-power situations where the cylinder is drawing more electricity than it is designed to handle. Check the Fuses Depending on the water cylinder model in question, you will have one or more fuses that control unit operation in addition to the circuit breaker. If one of these fuses is blown, your cylinder will not receive electricity and will not operate. The good news is that replacing a blown fuse is usually not a difficult process, although locating the fuse in the first place can take some time. Failed Immersion Heater Finally, there is a chance that one of the immersion heaters in the cylinder has failed. If this happens, the remaining heater will still attempt to warm the water, but it will not be able to get it up to full temp and the result will be lukewarm water. In this case, the faulty immersion heater will need to be replaced. There you have them – some of the more common reasons that you could experience lukewarm water from the tap rather than hot water.

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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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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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In a perfect world, you’d be able to enjoy a constant supply of hot water at the taps without having to worry about much else. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world and there are many problems that can occur with your hot water supply. One of the most insidious issues to deal with is a hot water leak, which can begin very slow and cause a great deal of damage over time. To help you avoid those issues, we’ll explore some of the most common causes of residential hot water leaks.   The Drain Valve Your hot water cylinder is equipped with a drain valve at the bottom of the cylinder. This is used for maintenance – water is drained out of this valve when the heater is flushed. However, the valve can fail over time, allowing water to leak out. If this is the source of the leak, the repair is usually relatively simple. The water heater will be turned off, the water will be drained, and a new valve installed.   Inlet/Outlet Connections Cold water flows into your water heater, and heated water flows out. That means there’s both an inlet and an outlet connection at the cylinder. These can develop leaks over time. The leak might be where the incoming or outbound piping connects with the cylinder, or it could be a pinhole leak in the pipe itself due to age or wear (copper is particularly susceptible to this). Again, these should be relatively simple repairs once the source is identified (inlet or outlet), and will involve shutting down the tank, draining it, and then replacing the damaged section.   Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve At the top of the cylinder is another valve. This one is designed to provide protection in the case of overheating or if an overpressure situation develops. The TPR valve will open in either of these situations, allowing excess pressure and heat to escape. However, the valve can sometimes fail and cause a leak. A new valve will get you back up and running again in no time.   Cylinder Bottom This problem is most common with aging water cylinders. Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom, it encourages corrosion of the tank over time. This will eventually eat through the bottom of the tank and cause a leak. There is no repair for this issue. You’ll need a new water heater installed.   Leaking Pipes This is perhaps the most difficult leak to spot because your pipes are tucked away within the walls or the ceiling. The best way to check for pipe leaks is to keep an eye out for wet spots on the wall or ceiling, and then call a professional plumber immediately if you spot one.   These are some of the most common sources of hot water leaks. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, or want to schedule water heater maintenance to avoid these problems, contact EasyFlow at 0161 941 5571.    

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It has served your family well for many years, but it has finally given up the ghost – your water heater has failed. Now it’s time to replace it. While you may decide that going with a replacement cylinder of the same size is the best idea, you may also find that it’s time to change sizes. How do you determine the right size for your needs?   Why Change Sizes? First, let’s consider why you might want to change sizes in the first place? Why not just go with an identical replacement cylinder? There are two factors at play here – the available supply of hot water and the cost that you pay for that hot water. The larger the cylinder, the more hot water it will hold. However, the larger the cylinder, the more it will cost to operate.   Determining Your Demand The first thing you need to consider when choosing a replacement hot water cylinder is the amount of demand your household will have at its peak. That is, how much hot water will be needed during your peak hour demand? For many households, this is first thing in the morning when everyone is getting up, getting showers before work or school, making breakfast and the like.   In most cases, you’ll have hot water uses such as the following:   Shaving (.25 litres per minute) Showering (at least 45 litres per shower) Dishwasher (25 litres per use) Hot water clothes washing (30 litres per use) Washing hands (5 litres per minute) Food prep (5 litres per minute)   You’ll need to take those numbers and figure out how many times each is used per hour in your household. This will then allow you to determine the number of gallons used per hour. Based on that, you can choose a water heater of the right size for your needs.   Changes in Demand In some instances, your household’s demand for hot water will change over time. For instance, your children will grow up and go away to school, or get married and start their own families. In other instances, you might have more children later in life. You could go through any number of other life changes that alter the number of people within your home, and your hot water usage will change, too.   The more people in a household, the more hot water you’ll need on hand at any particular time. The converse is true, as well. For instance, if you’re replacing a water heater after you’ve retired from work, and your children have started families of their own, you will need far less hot water on hand, allowing you to choose a smaller cylinder with a lower volume to save money. And of course there are the minimum sizes based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to consider  Ultimately, the best option is to work with an expert in water cylinder replacement. If your old water heater is beginning to show signs of its age, or it has failed already, we invite you to contact EasyFlow for an estimate on a replacement of the right size and capacity for your needs. Call us at 0161 941 5571.

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When it comes to water heaters, UK homeowners and property owners have several options. Vented water heaters were the norm for many years – these were installed high up in a home, and relied on gravity to pull water toward the taps. They weren’t particularly efficient, and the water pressure was usually very poor.   Unvented water heaters offer a dramatic alternative – mains pressure hot water at the taps without any need for the cylinder to be installed high up in a home. However, there are a few safety considerations to be made with unvented cylinders.   No DIY Repairs or Maintenance In order to work on unvented water heaters, even plumbers must have special certification and training. That means there is no DIY option for maintenance or repairs here. Never attempt to service your unvented cylinder on your own. Always contact an expert with unvented certification.   Annual Inspection It is part of UK law that any unvented water heater be inspected annually in order to qualify for homeowner’s insurance. It’s not just about legality, either – it’s about safety and peace of mind. A professional plumber will inspect the entire system and determine if it is safe to use or not. This can also help save you time, hassle and money by catching issues when they are small, before they become major problems.   Water Supply With an unvented water heater, it is important that the cylinder never be operated if the water from the mains is turned off. If you’ll be having any work done to your home that requires the mains water be disconnected, make sure the water heater is also turned off. Without water flowing in from the mains, it is possible that the water heater will attempt to operate with too little water in the tank. This can cause damage to the immersion heaters.   Unusual Noises In most cases, your unvented water heater should operate quietly. That’s one of the benefits over older, vented systems – no more gurgling and clanging from the pipes. However, if you do notice an increase in operational noise, it could be a sign that you have lime scale built up within the tank. Calling a professional to flush the cylinder is the only way to alleviate the noise and ensure that your cylinder is in good working order.   Worried about the safety or condition of your unvented cylinder? Get in touch with EasyFlow. Our plumbers are all certified for unvented cylinder repairs, maintenance and replacement, and we can easily troubleshoot your issue to determine the cause, and provide you with a cost-effective solution. Call us today at 0161 941 5571.

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