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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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Exploring the Most Common Causes of Residential Hot Water Leaks

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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How to Size a Hot Water Cylinder Replacement

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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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.