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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to help.
Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical services in the Kent, East and West Sussex area. We are a family run business and understand how important it is to ensure our families are kept safe when installing USB integrated sockets.
Daniel Moon, Director here at Ability comments: “Mobile devices are a given in almost every household in the UK and are particularly popular with children and young people. In fact, 93% of 15-year olds in the UK now own a smartphone. This has led to an increase in sales of USB integrated sockets which contains both the traditional 13A three-pin switch socket and a USB charging point.
There are many aspects to consider when converting your traditional sockets to include USB integrated sockets to ensure safety within the home.
Integrated Socket safety features to eliminate system overload and house fires
Advance safety features come as standard with high-quality USB integrated sockets, this protects against overload and the wiring device must have the ability to prevent such hazards.
It is best to purchase USB integrated sockets that include Dynamic Device Recognition (DDR) technology. This technology ensures that each device is charged using the required power level as the manufacturer would intend if using the original plug. This will stop potential damage to the device and more importantly eliminate the dangers of a house fire.
The USB integrated sockets should have built-in, three-pin child resistant shutter systems. This means that unless the correct three pin plug is inserted into the socket there will be no access to the electricity supply. As we all know small children do not see danger and there is the temptation to poke little fingers or toys into any small hole they come across. There is a risk of fire if parents revert to using the plastic socket protectors as used with the traditional three-pin sockets, as they may override the USB sockets’ safety system
If you live in Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead, Bromley or the surrounding areas, and require electrical, plumbing or heating assistance please give us a call on 01892 514495 or email email@example.com
Please do operate the boiler briefly to ensure it appears to work correctly. We recommend you isolate the boiler/heating system electrically and confirm this with suitable test equipment. When servicing the boiler we always check the fuse rating for the boiler/heating system is correct; most digital appliances will run on a 3amp fuse.
We will remove the boiler case and visually inspect the appliance, internally and externally, for any signs of distress, such as corrosion or water leaks, checking all components.
If necessary, Ability will clean the boiler and its components, including the primary heat exchanger, main burner, and the condensate trap, always referring to the manufacturer’s instructions for boiler servicing.
It’s most essential to reinstate the electrical supply safely. Then to carry out a check of the boiler’s gas burner pressure, a gas-rate inspection (taken at the gas meter), or both, where possible, will determine the correct working pressures.
Next, our engineer will visually check the flame picture (where visible) and carry out a flue gas analysis test, this if the boiler is a high-efficiency product or requires this procedure.
It is critical to ensure any combustion analysis test points are correctly replaced, and any boiler case seals are forming an effective seal. Boilers must not run with incorrect seal.
An excellent visual check that any ventilation requirements for the boiler have been met. Sometimes may include taking measurements.
If the appliance is an open flue ability will check the boiler chimney/flue throughout its length, including its point of termination. Carry out flue-flow and spillage tests; this is usually a smoke test.
It’s essential to check that any boiler safety devices operate correctly. Check there is no escape of gas from the boiler or connecting pipework to the boiler.
In the event of any safety defect(s) being noted, Ability will always advise the customer of the details, and either rectify them or act in accordance with the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) Paperwork will be provided.
Where rectification is not possible, we will discuss with you, the customer if any remedial action is required, and give you all the options to correct the faults, the best way possible.
Finally, we will complete the Benchmark service record, and provide any additional work documentation while on-site or via email if you are not able to be present at the time of works.
The benefits of water softener installation in a home, especially in hard water areas can prevent the build-up of limescale in kitchen and bathroom appliances. This can extend the appliances’ life span. It is, however, an additional source of revenue and a good way to make plumbing jobs profitable.
The installation will be dependent on where the location of the incoming mains water stopcock is positioned, however it can be fitted in various places throughout the home. It may be that there is existing cupboard space that will be an ideal place to install the water softener rather than beneath the sink itself.
Water Softener Installation Process
The installation of the water softener will take between three to four hours. The first step is to turn the water off and drain down the system to complete all necessary pipework. This enables the water to be turned back on as quickly as possible and minimise disruption.
The bypass set will need to be assembled and tightened before putting it into the correct position.
Alterations to the pipework may need to be carried out to accommodate the bypass set for the water softener. This pipework will need to be prepared and fitted into place.
Whilst fitting the water softener many customers may choose to have a hard water feed incorporated alongside the bypass set for a drinking water supply. When these works have been completed the mains can be turned back on.
The water softener unit can now be fitted.
A hole for the overflow will need to be drilled from the outside in to avoid damage to brickwork and the hose cut down to the right size and fitted.
If the customer has decided to have a hard water feed incorporated alongside the water softener then a three-way tapwill need to replace the standard tap.
If the water softener system is not electric it will not require any further maintenance. The customer should be advised that one salt block per household, per member, per month, will be required to ensure the water softener works efficiently and this will reduce the use of household products.
Please call Ability if you want to consider having a water softener system in your home.
Smart thermostats and climate management services can save us installers at Ability time and our customer’s money. Svea Kübler, Product Manager at intelligent home experts tado°, looks at how the team Ability installers can make the most of opportunities in this fast-growing market.
Complicated heating systems, orders throughout the whole day, and back-office work in between our installers, who have a busy schedule. There is hardly time to train ourselves in new technologies like smart heating control. At the same time, our customer needs are increasing, they want smart and energy-efficient solutions that offer them comfort and affordable prices. The market is very competitive so our plumbing, heating and electrical engineers need to differentiate themselves to stay a step ahead of the game.
So if you need any services in your home or office. If your sockets don’t work properly or your toilet isn’t flushing. Then please give us a call and we will send one of our qualified and experienced engineers to solve your problem. We have engineers working around the clock for your needs. Our team Ability is only too happy to help when you are unable to do the work your self. There is only one local and friendly company to call.
Bubbling noises from radiators are quite a common issue but dealing with this problem does not necessarily require any specialist technical expertise, and you may be able to stop the annoying noisy and bubbling in a few minutes with the right tools and the right advise, before having to us the experts in.
So, if you have a noisy radiator and are hearing gurgling or bubbling noises, the following guidance could help you resolve the problem without calling us, Ability plumbers.
Sludge, Silt and Magnetite
Most of the components that make up your central heating system are made from metal, and metal, as you probably already know, will expand and contract as it heats up and cools down. So, it may be that the sounds you hear your central heating make are just being caused by that natural process. Because pipework creaks and groans as it expands and contracts, it can be something that you get used to, but if your central heating is making strange noises, it’s best not to ignore it.
Loud Heating Systems
More serious causes of annoying and loud central heating should be thoroughly investigated and fixed by us at Ability plumbing, with the worst-case scenario being that you have to part with a little bit of money to get it sorted. But here at Ability, we like to give you any help and guidance as well as the right information to fix things for yourself, so this post is designed to help you identify the most common causes of noisy heating systems to help you to solve the problems without having to splash the cash on expensive repair bills. If its something simple and we can help, then we will.
the water pressure
Sometimes, a central heating system needs an extra push to get air out of radiators. Make sure your circulation pumps are on, turn up the water pressure to around two bars, and then bleed the radiator again.
the pumping system
Is your pump working correctly? Is the vent on the pump’s suction side? Is your pump speed right or is it too high If the gurgling stops when you turn your pump off, then you may have isolated the problem – repairing it, however, could be a trickier task.
always, do not attempt to repair your boiler or central heating system if you
are unsure of what to do. If a repair involves taking a gas boiler cover off,
then it is too complicated for a layperson and you need to get in touch with us
here at Ability and we will send an engineer.
noisy radiator is likely to have air trapped inside it. An easy way to diagnose
this problem is to feel the radiator when it is turned on – if it is hot at the
bottom but cold at the top, then it needs bleeding.
It might seem obvious but bleeding your radiators could be all it takes to expel this air, stop the radiator noise and allow you to enjoy a near-silent central heatingsystem once more. You simply need a radiator key to let the air out.
If you find yourself bleeding your radiators more regularly than you think is usual, then there is probably a leak in your central heating and plumbing system somewhere. You could add some anti-corrosion inhibitors into the central heating system when the leak has been repaired to ensure the problem does not repeat itself. To find out more about cleaning your radiators, please visit our Website or call us here at Ability.
Are we trusted local plumbers of Kent? Do you like the heating service we provide in East Sussex? After another successful week with the team here at Ability, we ask you the customer for feedback. It’s our priority to see that you have positive words for the service provided.
“The heating service in East Sussex is consistent,” says Mrs Bigg’s of Crowborough in East Sussex. “Ability plumbing, heating and electrical are trusted plumbers of Kent.”
It’s about understanding the customer’s needs. “Here at Ability we are ready to listen to the voice of the public,” says Matthew, a director of the company. If we take on board what is said and implement any changes that may be necessary then we can move forward with confidence that we are serving our clients well.
When someone needs trusted plumbers of Kent, we want to be that company that’s called first. If a home requires a good heating service in East Sussex, let Ability be the recommendation that’s made. Let Ability be the team for you.
Heating Service and Trusted Local Plumbers
The company has over 100 years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry. The team at Ability are well equipt to handle any problem you might have. We pride ourselves on being a family run business spanning three generations. Two are still working together.
So if you need a trusted local plumber of Kent or heating service in East Sussex then give us a call. we are here to help you today and one call is all it takes. Our Plumbing Heating and Electrical engineers are friendly, experieanced and competant.
The Health and Safety Executive has announced that Capita Plc will continue to operate the Gas Safe Register, the official register of engineers licensed to undertake gas work, until March 2024.
As the preferred bidder determined by a public procurement process, Capita Gas Registration and Ancillary Services (CGRAS) – a division of Capita Plc – will deliver the five-year contract starting 1 April 2019. The renewed contract is expected to be worth £93 million over the five-year term.
Philip White, HSE’s Director of Regulation, says: “The bid from Capita / CGRAS was the strongest on cost and quality and we are confident they will continue to raise the standards of gas safety and provide a gas safe home for everyone.”
So don’t always call the cheapest plumber first. Be wary of the local cheap boiler repair. Call Ability and our team will endeavour to help. With a clear transparent and upfront cost, no hidden charges and reasonable cost. We are not your cheapest plumber or a company offering a local cheap boiler repair, but we will give you the best price and the service you deserve.
This Friday night started with an emergency plumber call at 8 pm in Tonbridge, Kent after a burst water mains pipe in a loft had flooded the lounge and brought down a ceiling. So off to a late start for the weekend plumbing.
While we have an engineer on call all of our weekend plumbing, we do try to keep busy with the van and store stock or exercise. the heating faults diagnosis can be done on our testing bay at our store in the Southborough, Tunbridge Wells area.
In Tonbridge Kent today our team have a boiler installation and a system upgrade. With new radiators to fit and system power-flushing to complete, the engineers have a busy task ahead.
So with no more weekend plumbing and the heating faults all repaired we have made good progress. The electric shower has been completed and is working well.
If you need a plumber or electrician, please do not hesitate to call. One of our gas engineers, heating specialists or boiler technicians will always be happy to help.