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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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When you open your hot tap, you expect to be rewarded with a steady flow of heated water. In most cases, that’s exactly what happens, but there can be issues that prevent this from happening. If you’re experiencing no hot water at the taps, there are a few common causes that might be the issue. We’ll explore those below.   Blown Breaker   Perhaps the most common reason for no hot water at the taps is that the water heater isn’t working. This is usually because a breaker in your fuse panel has blown. Breakers are designed to trip in the case of overvoltage situations to prevent fires, shocks and other dangerous conditions. If the breaker has tripped, simply reset it. Watch to see what happens – if the breaker trips again, you need to contact a professional for help.   Blown Fuse   In addition to the breaker, your hot water heater probably has a fuse that controls its operation. This is a layer of redundant protection designed to help ensure your safety. Check the fuse and if it is blown, replace it. If it blows again, then call for help. If you’re not sure where your fuse is located, check the owner’s manual, or call a professional to help.   Dead Immersion Heater   Yet another possible reason for no hot water at the taps is a problem with one or both of the immersion heaters in your water cylinder. These are heating elements that sit within the body of the cylinder, and are designed to be surrounded by water. They heat up, and warm the water around them. Over time, immersion heaters are subject to wear and tear, as well as scale build-up from minerals in the water. This can cause them to fail. When that happens, your water heater will no longer warm water. A failed immersion heater must be replaced – it cannot be repaired.   Sediment Build Up   Finally, there is a chance that sediment build-up has blocked the outlet line. This will prevent water from flowing out of the water heater and to the taps. However, this is not a situation that develops overnight. It’s usually one that occurs slowly, and chances are good that if this is the issue you’re facing, you’ve also dealt with slowly decreasing pressure at the tap for some time now. This is a dead giveaway that there is sediment slowly accumulating at the bottom of the water heater. Eventually, this will cause the cylinder itself to begin rusting out.   If you’re struggling with no hot water at the taps, you could be faced with any of these four potential problems. There are other possible issues, as well, such as a blockage in the hot water line, or an issue somewhere else in the system. Don’t try to go it alone here. Call for professional help. You can reach the expert at EasyFlow at 0161 941 5571. We can offer hot water heater repair, maintenance, installation and more.

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There are many different water heater brands on the market for UK residents to choose from. However, Gledhill remain one of the most popular for a number of reasons. The company’s products encompass a wide range of capacities, types and styles, and the also offer good reliability and performance. How do you determine which is the right model for your needs, though?   Going Unvented Before we explore some of the Gledhill water heaters available, we need to say a word about the vented versus unvented argument. Traditionally, only vented water cylinders were used, and gravity was necessary to provide hot water at the taps with any amount of pressure. Today, that's not the case. While unvented cylinders still exist, unvented systems are far better, offering mains pressure hot water at the taps without having to install the water heater in your attic. All of the Gledhill water heaters we discuss below are unvented.   Direct or Indirect One of the first things to consider will be whether you want a direct heated cylinder or an indirectly heated cylinder. While both offer a steady supply of hot water at the taps, they’re not the same. Direct heating is becoming quite popular, and involves the water being heated directly within the cylinder through an immersion heater within the cylinder itself, or by an on-cylinder boiler. In an indirect system, the water is heated elsewhere and then stored in the cylinder. Gledhill offers the Stainlesslite Plus unvented cylinder in both direct and indirect formats to fit your needs.   Vertical or Horizontal Historically, most water cylinders have been vertical in design. Chances are good that when you think of a water heater, you picture an upright cylinder. However, that may or may not be the best option for your home depending on the space constraints within the area where the water heater will be installed. While vertical cylinders are very common, horizontal cylinders offer space savings by turning the water heater on its side. When it comes to Gledhill water heaters, you’ll discover the Stainlesslite Plus horizontal indirect water heater on offer to help you make the most of your available installation space.   Full Bodied or Slimline In addition to installation position (horizontal versus vertical), you also have the option of installing a full-bodied cylinder or a slimline model. If you have plenty of space within the installation area, a full-bodied model is the better option. However, if you have limited space and you cannot make use of a larger water cylinder, then a slimline model is the better option. These offer slightly less storage volume, but put it in a slimmer cylinder that has a small physical footprint. In this case, the Stainlesslite Plus Slimline might be an appropriate choice.   As you can see, there are many potential options, and Gledhill manufacture a range of other choices, too. If you’re struggling to determine the right water heater for your home, call EasyFlow at 0161 941 5571.

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Your water heater ensures that you and your family always have hot water at the taps. That’s vital for everything from taking a shower in the morning before work to washing up after supper. However, it comes at a cost. The more your water heater works, the higher your electric bill is. Here are six tips for reducing how water electricity consumption to save some money. 1. Set a Lower Temp One way to reduce the amount of electricity your water heater consumes is to set it to a lower temperature. However, you need to keep it within the safe range defined by the UK’s Consumer Product Safety Commission. A lower, yet safe, temperature would be around 49 degrees C. This helps reduce the number of times your heater turns on to keep water at a specific temperature. 2. Use Less Hot Water Another way to reduce electricity related costs is to use less hot water in the first place. Cut your showers shorter, run the dishwasher only when necessary and the like. Wash your hands with cold water. 3. Cut Out Baths If you take baths regularly, you’re driving up your electric bill. It takes a great deal more water to fill up a tub than it does to wet you in the shower. All that hot water must be replaced, and that requires electricity. Cut out baths and switch to showers – you might be surprised at how much money this can save you over time. 4. Wash Clothes in Cold Water Washing clothes is important, but many consumers use hot water for this. While hot water can sometimes be necessary, cold water usually does just as well, and you’re not draining the water heater to clean your clothing. Unless you’re washing clothes with grease or oil stains, or something that needs to be sanitised, then cold water is more than sufficient. 5. Maximise Dishwasher Efficiency Dishwashers can be very convenient. They save time and effort, and are actually a bit better on your water usage than washing dishes by hand (modern models only). However, if you’re not using this appliance correctly, it may be costing you a lot of money per year. Run only full loads, and make sure that you load the trays correctly to maximise cleaning power. Never run partial loads, as this is just a waste of hot water, electricity and money. 6. Invest in a More Efficient Water Heater Finally, you may find that your water heater is old and outdated. If that’s the case, then it likely does not have enough insulation to maintain water at your desired temperature for very long. Investing in a more efficient unvented water cylinder can be a very smart move. Interested in learning more about your options when it comes to modern water heaters? Get in touch with us at EasyFlow. You can reach us at 0161 941 5571 and we’d be happy to discuss the available models. Source: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/15-ways-save-your-water-heating-bill https://www.thebalanceeveryday.com/save-money-water-bill-1388209

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5 Tips to Help with Annual Water Heater Maintenance It might not seem like it, but your water heater requires regular maintenance just like any other home appliance. All too often, homeowner neglect this need, forgetting that their ability to enjoy hot water on demand requires a reliable water heater. Not sure what sort of maintenance your water heater needs? Here’s a quick guide to help. Check the Thermostat The thermostat is the key to maintaining the right temperature within your water cylinder. If the thermostat is too low, the water will not be the right temperature at the taps. If it is too high, it could pose a safety hazard. In many cases, you can “set it and forget it”. Your thermostat should not change temperature on its own. Still, it’s helpful to check it periodically to make sure it hasn’t been jostled. Check for Leaks An annual leak inspection is a vital part of ensuring that your water heater stays in top condition. You’ll want to check for leaks on the body of the cylinder, at the bottom of the cylinder, at the pressure relief valve near the top, and at the pipes leading into and out of the cylinder, as well. Any signs of a leak will require the assistance of a professional. Regular Flushes One of the more important elements of water heater maintenance is to have it regularly flushed out. Minerals and sediment in the water that enters the cylinder will build up at the bottom of the tank. If left untreated, this can cause serious problems, including leaks in the tank, and blockage of the water lines. Your tank should be flushed annually to remove sediment. Pressure Relief Valve Inspection The pressure relief valve is located near the top of the water heater, and is designed to vent excess pressure if a dangerous situation were to develop. However, these valves can fail over time. This could mean a potential leak, or it could mean that the valve will fail to open and vent excess pressure, leading to a very serious issue. The pressure relief valve should be inspected annually, and replaced if necessary. If you own an unvented water cylinder, annual maintenance is also necessary for your homeowner’s insurance. Your insurer will require that you have the cylinder inspected annually by a plumber certified in unvented maintenance and installation. Going it alone in terms of water heater maintenance is never a good idea. We can help. Call EasyFlow today at 0161 941 5571 to learn more about our maintenance plans, and how they can benefit you.

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Thinking about replacing your aging water heater? If so, now is the perfect time to upgrade to an unvented water cylinder if you still have a vented model. What makes an unvented water heater the better option, though? Here are five reasons to make the switch from vented to unvented water cylinder. 1. Installation Flexibility One of the most important reasons to switch to an unvented water heater is that you get to benefit from increased flexibility when it comes to installation location. Vented water heaters cannot produce pressure on their own, which means they need to be located high up to make use of gravity to power the hot water feed. Unvented systems do not have that problem, so they can be located anywhere that’s convenient for you and can be tied into the water lines. 2. Better Water Pressure As hinted at above, another reason to make the switch to an unvented water cylinder is that you can enjoy better hot water pressure at all the taps. If you’ve been struggling with sluggish hot water pressure and too much cold water pressure, an unvented cylinder can be the answer. Because these systems create pressure within them, they’re able to supply mains pressure hot water at all the taps in your home. 3. Less Hassle Vented hot water heaters might have once been the most common option in the UK, but they’re increasingly falling out of favour, largely due to the increased need for maintenance. That’s additional hassle and cost that you don’t need to worry about with an unvented model. That’s not to say that unvented cylinders never experience problems, they do. However, they create less hassle overall, which is always a good thing. 4. Less Need for Attic Space A vented water heater must be installed in the attic of your home. That takes up space that you might be able to use for some other purpose. It might be storage, or you might be considering converting your attic into living space. Whatever the situation, having a water heater in the way can cause problems. With an unvented water cylinder, you don’t need to worry about that, as the cylinder can be installed on the ground floor if you like. 5. Less Risk of Contamination Finally, you’ll discover that unvented water heaters have a lower risk of contamination. The vent in a vented cylinder allows air to enter the system. That air can be contaminated by bacteria and harmful pathogens. With an unvented system, that is not the case. Of course, you do need to keep the water temperature high enough for safety purposes. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to consider making the switch to an unvented water cylinder from a vented model. Of course, it’s not quite so simple – you’ll need to work with a professional with unvented certification to install your water heater. We invite you to call EasyFlow at 0161 941 5571.

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