In Aid Of Child Safety Week (3rd – 9th June), We Talk USB Integrated Sockets Safety.

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.

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Child safety comes first

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 info@ability.uk.com

Boiler Servicing. Ability’s guide to an annual boiler service

What’s best practice for gas boiler servicing? Here, Ability Plumbing Heating and Electrical Engineers outline agreed industry best practice.

The first thing we recommend is to have the manufacturer’s instructions for the boiler to hand, regardless of experience, these are always important.

Does Your Boiler Need a Service?

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.

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A serviced happy boiler

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.

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Three regular serviced boilers

An excellent visual check that any ventilation requirements for the boiler have been met. Sometimes may include taking measurements.

Boiler Servicing

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.

Water Softener Installation And The Benefits

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.

New Ideas For Plumbing Heating and Electrical

Ability’s plumbing, heating and electrical move has taken us to look to increase our capacity. We have looked to expand and soon we will have a main road presence.

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Local plumbing, heating and electrical

The company is growing fast, our customer base has increased. The team at Ability have more experience and qualifications. The plumbing, heating and electrical services are expanding.

With new ideas, new services and more qualifications, team Ability can provide more for our customers. This will enable The plumbing, heating and electrical engineers to provide a better service.

Smart Ways For Heating Controls

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.

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Smart Technology

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.

Noisy Radiators, Sludge, Magnetitie Central Heating Systems

Noisy Radiators?

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.

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Pets Warm at Home

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

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Central heating Balancing

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.

Increase 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.

Check 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.

As 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.

Bleed the radiators

A 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 heating system 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.

Trusted Local Plumbers of Kent and Heating Service in East Sussex.

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.

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New Boiler and Cylinder

“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.”

Providing an opportunity for a review from every customer is essential. We have a link to our Checkatrade page and Google page as well as cards for those customers who are not computer friendly.

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.

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Natural Gas Commercial Cooking Appliance

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 number to call is 0800 889015 .

Cheapest Plumber? Local Cheap boiler Repair?

It’s not always a great idea to look for the cheapest plumber. When you’re looking for a local cheap boiler repair, be careful who you call.

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Domestic hot water tank

The are some rouge plumbers out there. We always advise you look for a well established, reputable and fully qualified plumber.

We all like a bargain in life. Where we can save on cost, we will, however, this should not be at the compromise of quality. So do be careful when you see an advert for the cheapest plumber or a local cheap boiler repair.

Gas Safe to stay with Capita.

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.

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Wireless temperature heating

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.

Having operated the Register since 2009, CGRAS will continue its provision of the service, but with several enhancements. As part of the new contract, it will deliver a new digital platform, providing an electronic register, enhanced contact centre, website and mobile application. It will also increase inspections of gas installations and drive broader consumer awareness about gas safety.

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.”

HSE said that in addition to the strength of Capita’s bid for the next concession, it felt assured by the way CGRAS had managed GSR services over the last nine years.

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.

Weekend Plumbing,Heating Faults and Electric Shower

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.

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Contemporary Modern kitchen sink

Early Saturday morning a regular customer called from Sevenoaks in Kent with a heating fault. Heating faults are our speciality, and with an engineer on site within one hour the customer was impressed.

Then the electric shower installation took place mid-morning in Tunbridge Wells Kent, as proposed. This meant all engineers were on time and all the customers were happy.

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Chef preparing food

The electric shower, weekend plumbing and heating faults are just three of the many different household items and repairs that we can attend to here at Ability. So our three lads were out busy while the office remained open and able to take calls for emergency works including, gas, oil, LPG, electrical and water pipes.

An electric shower replacement is relatively straight forward for us with the years of experience and qualified, killed and trusted tradespeople here at Ability.

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.

Boiler Broken Down? Plumbing issue? Electrical Fault?

This morning we had three calls within the first hour all with different problems. The first lady that called, a regular customer had an oil boiler broken down in Sevenoaks. The second call shortly after was from a gentleman in Tonbridge with plumbing issues, and then a School in Tunbridge Wells called us with an electrical fault.

We sent our senior engineer Tom to the boiler broken down. Then our plumber Daniel attended the plumbing issue and finally Brett, our electrician participated in the School visit. All three qualified and experienced tradesmen were able to get the customers fixed, repaired and working again.

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Gas boiler in Cupboard

The oil boiler broken down in Sevenoaks required a micro-switch and our engineer had one on his van. With the plumbing issue in Tonbridge, our plumber located the stopcock and replaced the tap. At the School in Tunbridge Wells our Electrician found a faulty socket and replaced the face plate.

Local and Friendly Team

Our ten-strong team of plumbers, electricians, gas engineers and boiler technicians can tackle your home issues whatever the weather. Whenever you need us, so do not hesitate to call. If you have a boiler broken down or a plumbing issue or an electrical fault, we are the people to call.

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Electrician replacing light fitting

At Ability, we pride ourselves on a first-rate service. We have an aftercare policy that means we can get someone to you within 24 hours of your call most of the time. Covering a large part of the South East, and based in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, East Grinstead, Heathfield and Crowborough, someone is always local to you.

So if you want us to look at your electrical fault, you have a plumbing issue that needs attention or you might have a boiler broken down, the number to call is 0800 889 015, do not hesitate to call and do it today!

Electric Heater or Gas Heating?

There are a number of different types of electric heaters that you can purchase, including halogen heaters, fan heaters, oil-filled heaters and convector heaters. Ability provide all options.

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Keeping people warm

Ability use Fan heaters, and they are a popular choice but may be noisy and are often not as powerful as other types of heater. The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) said a fan heater would be the preferable radiator when looking to heat a room for a short amount of time.

However, it said convector heaters will heat a room more thoroughly and these will be the best option if you are looking to heat a room for a couple of hours or more. Here at Ability we can supply these heaters while waiting for the boiler parts.

Oil-filled heaters are one of the more reliable of the varieties. Even though they tend to take slightly longer to heat up than other models, they will stay warmer for longer – even after they have been turned off. Again, here at Ability, we can supply oil heaters on a temporary basis and free of charge.

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Warm and Dry

Halogen heaters are another option, likely to be most well known for keeping punters warm in pub gardens, but they work quickly and are relatively cheap to run.

The different forms of portable heater also come with different heat outputs, for example, the most common outputs are 1.2 kilowatt (kW), 2 kW and 3kW. The higher the kilowatt, the more powerful the radiator is but it will also be more expensive. Equaliy can provide a good heat.

Information from the CSE shows the cost of running a 1.2kW halogen heater, on average, is 17p on a standard meter, which is generally cheaper compared to other models. 

However, this has less heat output than a 2kW fan heater that costs 28p per hour – a massive 11p more to run per hour. 

Whilst convector heaters may be a more expensive radiator to run, they will keep the room warmer for longer – and are a better option in the long term than a fan radiator. 

However, to accurately determine whether an electric radiator would save you more money than central heating, a number of factors would need to analysed.

This includes how many windows the room you are looking to heat has, what size they are, how well your house is insulated and the style of house i.e. is it old, new, leaky or modern.

There are also two different types of central heating – gas and electric – which come with pros and cons.  If youd like to know more please do not heasitiate to call us heare at Ability and one of the team will happily assist.