Water Heater, Should it Be Turned Off When Going On Holiday?

Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance throughout West Kent, East And West Sussex. Providing repairs and installations of water heater, oil, and gas boilers.

We always assume when going on vacation it’s more cost-effective to turn water heaters off but this is not always the case in the long run. Dependant of age, efficiency and how long it will be shut off for are all factors that must be considered. An older water heater is likely to go wrong if turned off for a long period of time. The change in temperature from hot to cold can lead to leaks or component failure.

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Water Heater fitted in Tonbridge

A relatively new water heater is unlikely to go wrong if turned off for a week or two however, some models do have a vacation mode. This turns the temperature down and just keeps it ticking over.

The only disadvantage of this is that hot water in the tank whilst above 108F kills any bacteria that may be lying around in the tank. As soon as the water is cooled the bacteria will multiply at an alarming rate. Warm water is the ideal environment for bacteria such as legionella to breed. The most important thing to remember that if the water heater is turned off or down, it must not be used until the water has heated back up to a high temperature for several hours. Hot water needs to be run through the pipes to flush any harmful bacteria away.

There are a few simple things that can save money throughout the year when using a water heater includes; adding an insulation jacket if your water heater is older and insulating any exposed pipework with inexpensive foam lagging. This will actually make a larger saving through the year than turning your water heater off when going on holiday.

Please contact Ability for a free no-obligation quotation if you would like a water heater installed by telephone on 01892 514495 for alternatively by email info@ability.uk.com

Plumbers Warn Clean Hacks Could Cost Consumers Money

Ability provides plumbing, heating, and electrical services in the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Crowborough, and East Grinstead and surrounding areas. Keeping bathrooms, kitchens, and appliances clean can help with the durability however care always needs to be taken that cleaning hacks or products won’t do more harm than good.

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A mum recently went viral after sharing a simple trick for keeping her toilet clean and smelling fresh, but experts are warning against it

If you love keeping up with all the latest cleaning tips and tricks, you might recently have seen one doing the rounds involving toilets.

A mum went viral on Facebook after sharing her “little secret” for making her toilet look fresh and smell clean every time someone flushed it.

The woman explained in the group, Mums Who Clean, that she’d been using this trick for the last 14 years.

She wrote: “[Put] Dishwashing liquid in the toilet tank compartment and every flush is fresh clean smelly bubbles and toilet always looks clean.”

Many people thought it was a great idea and vowed to try it for themselves, while others weren’t so sure about it.

If you were wondering whether or not to give it a go, it seems an expert now has the answer for you.

Daniel our plumber explained why you shouldn’t try it at home

We have advised people against using products that were not designed for use in a toilet system.

He said: “Ability plumbers advise that it’s safest to use cleaning products specifically designed for flush toilets. People living outside built-up areas who use septic tanks should ensure the product used is compatible with septic systems.”

He added that customers should always think about the environment when choosing cleaning products.

If you’re now looking for a more eco-friendly way to make your toilet crystal clean, you might want to consider using a pumice stone.

A woman recently posted in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group to say she’d purchased a pumice stone from her local pharmacy and used it to remove grime from the toilet bowl.

She explained: “Since moving into my new house a year and half ago the toilets in the house have always annoyed me.

“I’m guessing the people before didn’t clean the toilets much! I had tried everything, scrubbing, bleach. So for months, I’ve had those loo things that coloured the water, but I could still see it.

If you would like a free quotation please call 01892514495 or email info@ability.uk.com

Government Carbon Emissions Target To Eliminate Boilers

Ability provides heating, plumbing, and electrical assistance in Kent and East and West Sussex. As always we are interested in Government development on cutting carbon emissions.

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Border sign between Langton and tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells one of our primary sites for work, officially known as Royal Tunbridge Wells, it’s one of a few towns and boroughs in England to officially be given a royal title. It came from King Edward VII in 1909, partly to commemorate the fact that his mother, Queen Victoria, had loved the town so much. Tunbridge Wells has a direct train line to London and with idyllic countryside not far from the town, along with attractions such as the Pantiles, it is no surprise that increasingly people wish to live here.

New property developments are expanding the population of Tunbridge Wells and of course, when purchasing a property the new Government regulations on carbon emissions should be considered.

Government regulators for Gas in the UK plan to replace or upgrade all household boilers by 2050. With the Government pledging to decrease UK emissions by 80 percent by 205 drastic change has to be made.

Currently, only 5% of homes are heated using a low carbon source. As from 2025 all-new builds will need to be supplied by a low carbon source as all gas boilers and gas appliances will be banned in a bit to significantly reduce carbon emissions created from residential dwellings.

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The Government has come up with many ideas on how to reduce carbon emissions. The front runner is for all households to be fuelled by electricity. Hot water and heat will be pumped through pipes via an electrical pump. Storage heaters could be used rather than radiators however, this would be very costly for homeowners to implement.

Another option is for current gas boilers to be upgraded and adapted to run on decarbonised gas to lower carbon emissions rather than natural gas.

For a free no-obligation quotation for heating, plumbing or electrical works please call 01892 514495 or email info@ability.uk.com

Rental Property Boiler Installation

Ability is a family-owned business that provides heating, plumbing, and electrical services in areas such as Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Paddock Wood, and all surrounding areas. Our engineers are gas safe registered and gold accredited Worcester Bosch installers. We regularly carry out gas safety checks on rental properties.

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Landlords are responsible for the servicing and safety checks on their rental property. There are strict guidelines that they must adhere to and all boilers have to have a minimum of 92% efficiency in accordance with the Boiler Plus legislation.

When boilers are old and start to go wrong they are not always viable for repair. Tenants cannot be left without heating and hot water for long periods of time as this could lead to health implications. There are many makes and models of boilers and going with the cheapest option for a rental property is not always the best option. The Worcester 2000 model from Worcester Bosch offers the same high-quality but without any extras so keeps the costs relatively low. When considering a new boiler it is always important to consider the aftercare. The tenant will also be given the reassurance they have a good quality boiler.

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A good quality boiler could also increase the interest in the rental property and in the longterm save the landlord money.

Heating companies are always in high demand in the winter months due to boiler breakdowns. When considering to replace a boiler a big saving can be made if the installation is carried out in the summer months. Therefore if a lot of maintenance is needed on the boiler it’s always best to replace the boiler in the summer months before it breaks down completely in the winter especially if you own more than one rental property.

If you would like a free quotation for a boiler installation please do not hesitate to call Ability on 01892 514495 or email info@ability.uk.com

Safety Checks Commonly Identify An Electrical Fault

Ability provides electrical, heating and plumbing assistance in the Kent, East and West Sussex Areas and prides ourselves on providing a good quality of service. We are finding increasingly that customers have electrical faults on appliances within their homes and are unaware of the dangers if these are not addressed.

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Nationwide gas engineers have found over 25,000 unsafe electrical faults during their calls. With the increasing number of electrical products that are used, homeowners need to look out for signs of wear and tear to ensure their homes remain safe. It has been stated that every household has at least one faulty electrical appliance or gadget within their home and alarmingly many would continue to use it.

Some of the common causes of electrical faults are poor wiring or defective electrical wires, cracked insulation, overheated wiring and damaged electrical appliances.

Extension cords should not be used as a permanent substitute for an additional power socket and power points should not be situated near a water source.

Although, when asked homeowners are actively worried about electrical safety within their homes many of these faults found had previously been undetected. These electrical faults were found by engineers when carrying out gas safety checks and electrical inspections however there are a huge amount of homeowners that would not think to have one of these carried out meaning faults could remain undetected.

One way of detecting an electrical fault is by using a smart meter, it will identify any changes in energy usage in the household. Faulty appliances commonly turn on and off or use more electricity than usual.

If you think you may have an electrical fault or would like gas or electrical inspection carried out please call Ability on 01892 514495 or email info@ability.uk.com and we would be more than happy to help.

Hydrogen Boiler, Revealed By Worcester Bosch

Ability, are Worcester Bosch gold accredited installers. We were very excited to hear that they have revealed their new hydrogen boiler.

Gas central heating boilers highly contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases. In order for the government targets of net-zero carbon emissions to be met in 2050, the heating industry has been waiting for technological advances in boilers. Up until now removing carbon has proved difficult. With the suggestion of the UK using electricity as a substitute for gas.

Worcester Bosch was originally founded in 1962 and since then it has strived to manufacture products of the highest quality. They are committed to developing new products in the aid to combat climate change and the hydrogen boiler is a testament to that.

The boiler runs solely on hydrogen alone which means that the only by-product is water and which makes it a carbon-free fuel source.

The hydrogen boiler will mean that homeowners will not have to replace their whole heating system as previously suggested but only the boiler itself. Saving the UK household millions

The research team at Worcester Bosch has spent the past three years trying to find a feasible solution to decarbonising UK heating and the hydrogen boiler does just that.

Worcester Bosch is at the forefront of this new technology and will set a president for many more to follow. As opposed to natural gas, when hydrogen combusts all it makes is water, meaning carbon is not released into the atmosphere. It can also be manufactured with very few greenhouse gas emissions by electrolysing water using renewable energy. Finally, the heating industry has a solution!

Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance covering Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Bromley and Orpington, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Paddock Wood, and all surrounding areas. If you would like a free no-obligation quotation please call 01892 514495 or email info@ability.uk.com

Riello Gas and Oil Burners And Their Functions

Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance in Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead, Crowborough, Heathfield, Paddock Wood, and surrounding areas. Riello burners are comprehensive products that we have used on many occasions.

Boiler burners are the functional component of boilers that provide heat by combustion of fossil fuels via a heat exchanger.

Riello Oil burner

An oil burner pumps oil at high pressure from a holding tank through a fuel line. Hot gases travel through the boiler in metal tubes heating them in the process.

A gas burner is a hollow metal disk with holes punctured through its perimeters. The burner produces a controlled flame by mixing gas with an oxidizer which allows ignition and combustion within the boiler.

Boilers should be serviced annually carbon builds up on the burner and over time if not cleaned the damage will become unrepairable and a replacement burner will be needed

Riello was formed in Italy in 1920 they were the first company to adapt domestic light oil burners for use in bakers ovens. They manufacture gas, oil and dual fuel burners for both residential and commercial use from 10kw to 30kw.

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Riello is durable, lightweight and compact. They have an integrated electronic control box with interrupted ignition. The burners have an automatic air shutter that eliminates heat loss to provide enhanced efficiency.

One of the advantages of a Riello burner is that it has a selector burner tool that matches the individual boiler requirements. They offer very good aftercare and technical support. They are members of the government Investors In People Scheme. Investment in training and development means technicians are experts in their field and technological innovation is second to none.

If you require assistance with your boiler or would like an upgrade please contact us for a no-obligation quotation on 01892 514495 or email infor@ability.uk.com

Environmental Change And The Future of Gas Fires

Ability’s engineers are Gas safe Registered and provided the installation and maintenance of gas fires throughout the Kent, East and West Sussex areas.  The Government’s target is to reach 80% reduced emissions by 2050 to help tackle environmental change.  There will be no gas central heating in new builds from 2025.

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With this in mind, it has been suggested that heating our homes will no longer be provided by gas but will be provided by all-electric instead to help the environmental change.  For a household to switch from gas to electric it would cost on average £12,000 as each home would have to replace their boiler, pipes and whole heating system.  The UK would have to spend millions of investment in nuclear reactors and solar energy sources to facilitate this change. Many of us not only heat our homes with gas central heating but also with gas fires and developments need to be made to make them environmentally friendly.

Over the past few years, gas fires have become significantly more environmentally friendly with them producing the same heat but using far less gas.

Currently gas supplies 85% of homes throughout the UK and we have used gas to heat our homes for over 200 years, as a result currently a gas boiler is sold every 15 seconds.  Rather than converting all households to electric to meet the environmental targets, it would be cost-effective to use green gas instead.

Green gas is produced from the breakdown of grass.  Grass regrows so unlike fossil fuels which have become exhausted overtime grass can be replenished.  Gas mills are being developed to mass-produce green gas and it is hoped that eventually enough will be produced to supply the UK.  The focus on environmental change will not only have a positive impact on the future of the planet but also have a positive impact on the reduction of energy bills too.

Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance please call us on 01892 514495 or email info@ability.uk.com

CO Emissions Increased By Heating Throughout the Winter

Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance throughout Kent and East and West Sussex, some of the areas include Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Paddock Wood, and all surrounding areas. We care about keeping CO emissions low.

During the colder weather many of us turn up the heating but how many of us actually think about the effect it has? It is estimated that 37% of the UK CO emissions come from heating our homes. +central heating boilers are contributing highly to bringing the UK above their clean air goals in large towns and cities they are one of the main sources of nitrogen dioxide emissions as well as cars.

Heat accounts for more than a third of our current carbon emissions.  Innovative technology is needed to reduce this figure to assist with climate change. The government has pledged that by 2050 they will reduce emissions by 80%. In order for this target to be achievable changes needs to be implemented within every household. For example, if every household turned their thermostat to 19 degrees rather than 20 degrees this would significantly have a positive impact on the CO emissions.

Other measures that can be implemented to help with the CO emissions include, smart radiator thermostats, smart heating solutions, replacing old existing boilers, and fully insulating the home.

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The Government are encouraging those living off the grid to consider the environmental impact of their fuel choice, by using Bio LPG as opposed to oil the households carbon footprint could be reduced by 38%

Energy companies need to invest in raising awareness of how customers can save money by driving down their energy bills and taking small solutions to help the UK meet the CO emission targets in 2050.

If you require a free quotation for a replacement boiler, smart heating solutions or smart radiator thermostats please call Ability on 01892 514495 or email info@ability.co.uk

Longer Guarantee on Worcester Bosch Boilers

Ability is Gold accredited installers for Worcester Bosch who are now providing longer guarantees. We provide boiler installations in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and surrounding areas as well as East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Worcester Bosch is to offer guarantees of up to 10 years on its gas boilers. The longer guarantees are part of the company’s promise to continue to support the gas engineer community throughout 2020 and beyond.

10 Year Guarantee

From 1 January 2020, Worcester Bosch’s guarantees are as follows:

• Greenstar 8000: eight years as standard or 10 years if a Greenstar system filter is fitted

•  Greenstar CDi/Si/I/Ri: seven years as standard or eight years if a Greenstar system filter is fitted

• Worcester 2000: five years guarantee as standard or six years if a Greenstar system filter is fitted.

Martyn Bridges, director of Technical Communication and Product Management, says: “Our installers are very important to us, so of course we listen to them. Following their feedback, we are taking the necessary steps to keep them, and our customers, happy.

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“Our new guarantee structure represents the first step of many exciting changes in 2020, as we continue to ensure our products reflect the evolving market and are accessible to all types of customer.”

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Worcester Bosch will be hosting a Facebook Live event on carbon-free heating on 30 September 2019. It’s the second Facebook Live event from the manufacturer and this time it will be joined by representatives from Gas Safe Register, Oftec, CIPHE, and Registered Gas Engineer magazine to discuss the hot topic.

The panel will be answering questions directly from gas engineers around what new technology and fuel could help the decarbonisation of heating and hot water in the UK.

To get involved, visit Worcester Bosch’s Facebook page at 1930 on 30 September to tune into the Facebook Live event. There you’ll be able to ask your question about carbon-free heating, simply by commenting on the post.

Reliability comes top of the list of considerations when people choose their gas engineer, according to new research from Worcester Bosch who now provides a longer guarantee.

If you require a quotation for a boiler installation please call Ability on 01892 514495 or email info@ability.uk.com