Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance throughout the South East of England. Purchasing the right boiler is quite an investment and when considering to upgrade it is important that you find the best one that works for you.
Right boiler System Boilers
System boilers directly heat the central heating system taking water from the mains and heating it through a storage cylinder. They could be the right boiler for you if you have a property with two or more bathrooms and showers. System boilers deliver great water flow even if the water is being run from more than one place at a time.
System boilers do require a tank so if you think this is the right boiler for you there must be space within the house to accommodate it. If your property has poor incoming water pressure then a System boiler will not rectify this and a pump or mains boost tanks may also need to be installed.
Combi boilers are a compact unit that provides both heating and hot water. It may be the right boiler for you if your home lacks space to house a hot water cylinder and a cold water tank in the loft. The combi works by heating water straight from the mains when a hot water tap is turned on.
Combi boilers may not be the right boiler for you if you have poor incoming water pressure. Unlike with other systems, you will no longer have a separate immersion heater to provide hot water as back up if your combi does go wrong.
Back boilers were traditionally placed within the chimney of a property and would have a gas fire attached to the front of it. It provides heating and hot water throughout the property.
Although back boilers are still being used they are being frequently replaced with combi boilers. Back boilers are more expensive to run and let off more toxins than the combi boiler and this should be considered when deciding if the Back boiler is the right boiler for you.
If you would like a free no-obligation quotation or a service on your boiler whether it be gas, oil or lpg please give Ability a call on 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gas Safety Week is one of the biggest events in the plumbing and gas calendars, raising awareness of the perils of poorly installed and maintained gas appliances in the UK. Daniel Moon explains why Ability Plumbing Heating Electrical is throwing its full support behind this industry initiative.
The annual Gas Safety Week – running 16-22 September 2019 – encourages property owners, businesses and installers to promote best practice to assure gas appliances function as safely as possible.
Here at Ability, we fully support Gas Safety Week and are fully committed supporters of best practice throughout the year. If gas appliances, including cookers and boilers, are not maintained or installed correctly they can be dangerous to human health, causing all major incidents including gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning and even explosions, much attention is needed and this Gas Safety week is important for that.
Therefore, in raising the profile ofevents such as Gas Safety Week make significant differences where it matters most. As well as calling for best practices across the industry, it also brings companies like us at Ability, within the plumbing and heating community together to participate in a broader conversation on what needs to be improved. This helps to give them reassurance that their boiler has been installed competently while also offering long term peace of mind.
Statistics show 1 in 10 people do not have their gas
appliances serviced regularly, which suggests homeowners are probably unaware
of whether the appliances they use every day are safe or not.
At Ability our Installers are in the best position to fly the flag of best practise and advise homeowners on gas safety week, however, that’s not to say the responsibility lays solely at their door. It is essential that manufacturers join the fight in educating end-users as well. There are many good boilermanufacturers behind the scheme too.
Events such as Gas Safety Week do well to inform homeowners on the importance of boiler servicing and using properly qualified engineers for any work on gas appliances. So here at Ability, we can be proud to get behind Gas Safety Week and show the public how to remain safe.
Looking for an engineer to undertake gas work? It’s tempting
to pick the first name on the list – but you might want to investigate further
before you do.
Gas Safe registration is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out gas work, but there are many different types of gas work a business may offer. All engineers need to hold a ‘core’ element to their qualifications – once they have this they can then add in any additional types of work they wish to offer.
For more information on the different categories that engineers will hold to carry out work on certain appliances and a glossary of terms commonly used to refer to gas work, you can consult Gas Safe who are the best to be your guide.
Not sure about the qualifications or right company for you? Domestic
work categories Commercial work categories
If you’re unsure what would be classified as domestic and commercial work then Gas Safe gives the definitions below, that may help…
Gas Safe Domestic
Relates to those gas appliances that are designed for use in a domestic property, as well as gas pipework up to 35mm in diameter, again in a domestic property.
Note: There may be instances in larger domestic properties where non-domestic appliances and larger pipework maybe required. In these cases, appropriate non-domestic work categories may be necessary.
Gas Safe Commercial
In the context of work categories and competence, this refers to the size of pipework, appliance type/gas consumption in addition to the property type. However, the property type is not the sole criteria. For example, a ‘domestic’ gas boiler installed in a church may in certain circumstances still be considered a ‘domestic’ appliance regardless of being installed in a ‘non- domestic’ property.
Often appropriate competence can only be determined on a
case by case basis. If in doubt, contact us to check.
Here at Ability, we hold qualifications in both Domestic and Commercial. Commercial catering as well as mobile catering. We hold certification in LPG and have many years of experience as well as a vast knowledge of the industry. So don’t hesitate to call when it’s gas safety you need.
Ability provides Heating, Plumbing and Electrical assistance, for a free no-obligation quotation please call 01892 514495 or email email@example.com
With the colder weather approaching and the nights drawing in, we will start to put the heating on. Why go home to a cold house, when with the Hive Home Heating control, you can put the heating on in readiness of your return home.
The Hive Home heating system is a small wall-mounted device which communicates to a sensor placed on the boiler. It allows you to turn your heating on and off or alter the temperature of the thermostat from your smartphone wherever you are.
The Advantages of The Hive Home Heating Control
Always go home to a warm home
If you forget to turn the heating off you can do this from your smartphone
Savings on your energy bills
You are able to set up to 6-time slots to fit around your daily routine and can easily change them using the Hive app.
The Hive thermostat with geolocation will know when you have left the house and if you have left the heating on it will send an alert text so you can turn the heating off. It will also enable you to set a timer to turn it back on when you are due home.
The Hive Home works with the majority of the UK gas and LPG central heating systems.
There is no hard wiring required as it is battery operated unlike the Nest
The Hive Home is not compatible with storage heaters or individual plug-in electric room heaters. Although it works with most heating systems an engineer would need to come and check your specific boiler.
Ability has engineers who work on both Gas and Oil systems. The engineers are Gas Safe and Oftec registered and are more than qualified to confirm whether the Hive Home would be compatible with your heating system.
Ability covers most of the South East in particular, Kent, East and West Sussex so if you would like a free no-obligation quotation please call 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ability plumbing, heating and AGA engineers cover a wide area of the South East from Maidstone to Orpington and Bromley in Kent to Crowborough and East Grinstead in East and West Sussex.
The AGA cooker was invented in 1922 by a Swedish physicist, Gustaf Dalen. He was forced to stay at home after losing his sight in an explosion and saw how his wife struggled with the cooking. He then decided to invent a new way of cooking which has since been the heart of many homes for decades.
AGA cookers are made from cast iron which retains heat and transfers it from the core to the oven and hot plates. They are available in 2,3,4 and 5 oven models, with a boiling and simmering plate. It will not only warm the kitchen but can be used to heat the whole house.
AGA in the past has been slated for using large amounts of energy and being bad for the environment. However, developments to accommodate our change in lifestyle mean they are now much more environmentally friendly. AGAs have thermostatic controls and cook using radiant heat which is gentle on food and locks in moisture, flavour and goodness.
AGA has to adhere to the latest environmental standards and is subject to rigorous controls. Advances in their technology now mean that they have, switch on/off hotplates to reduce running costs. Their latest models ‘Total Control‘ and ‘City60’ have independently controllable ovens meaning they can be turned off when not needed.
The AGA is also almost entirely recyclable.
Here at Ability we can install, service or repair your AGA. We have qualified and experienced engineers trained especially in the maintenance of this classic, quality appliance. If you would like assistance, please call us on 01892 514495 or email email@example.com.
Combi boilers are the most popular type of boiler in the UK and as Ability is a Gold accredited installer for Worcester Bosch we thought we would share information about them.
Worcester Bosch combi boilers are compatible with all fuel types (gas, oil and lpg) and come with up to a 10-year guarantee. They are smaller in size and more economical than other boiler types
A combi (or combination) boiler is an ingenious space-saving
idea, and an increasingly popular choice in UK homes. In fact, combis now
account for well over half of all the new domestic boilers installed in Britain
Worcester Bosch offers a full range of Combi Boilers to suit your needs. All of their Greenstar gas and oilboilers have been awarded Which? Best Buy status and come with a 10 year guarantee.
Deciding which boiler will make an efficient and practical fit with your home and lifestyle can be confusing.
If your new boiler is going to be fitted onto your existing system, please consider the cleanliness of your existing pipework and radiators as this could cause damage to your new combi boiler. For more information about system cleanliness, you can view the Worcester Bosch website here.
A combination or ‘combi’ boiler is both a high efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler in a single compact unit. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains when you turn on a tap, so you won’t need a hot water storage cylinder or a cold water storage tank in the roof space.
They are also very cost-effective and energy-efficient as water is heated instantly rather than being heated and then stored in a cylinder. An added benefit is that hot water is delivered at mains pressure, which means that you could get a powerful shower without the need for a separate pump.
Compact sizes make combi boilers perfect for smaller properties Ideal where there is little or no loft space No need for a hot water cylinder allows increased living space No cold water storage tank frees up a loft for conversion No risk of loft pipework freezing Less pipework in the home makes installation typically cheaper.
Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance throughout the Kent, East and West Sussex Area within the South East.
Want to upgrade your boiler call Ability on 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ability provides replacement boiler installations, plumbing, heating and electrical assistance throughout the South East. With customers in Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Orpington, Bromley, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Maidstone and their surrounding areas we cover a vast area.
At Ability, we are always interested in keeping up to date with trends and technology and developments within the heating industry and have found that we are having an increase of enquires with require to replacement boilers as the Boiler Guide suggests.
Online installer directory, Boiler Guide, has reported a spike in enquiries from homeowners who are interested in a replacement boiler.
According to Boiler Guide, enquiries for new installations have risen by 44.5% over the past three months when compared to May-July 2018 suggesting homeowners are now more switched on to the potential savings of getting their house in order by having a boiler replacement while demand for heating engineers is lower.
Boiler Guide argues that being prepared and making boiler repairs or having a boiler replacement during the summer can save hundreds of pounds for the exact same service due to lower demand.
David Holmes, founder of Boiler Guide, says: “It’s great to see that more UK homeowners are not waiting until winter to get their replacement boiler – we are all well aware of the high demands on repair people during the colder snaps of winter and the potential implications of a broken boiler.
“In some areas of the UK you can save up to £500 by having a replacement boiler in August as opposed to November so it’s worth speaking to a heating engineer in the summer if you’re after a bargain. Due to lower demand for heating engineer services in the summer, it really is a ‘buyer’s market’ so make sure to shop around to get the best quote.”
If you would like Ability to provide a free quotation for please contact us on 01892 514495 or by email email@example.com
Ability provides assistance with heating system, plumbing and electrical assistance in the Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead, Maidstone, Bromley, Orpington and surrounding areas in Kent, East and West Sussex areas.
Heating systems currently attract dirt and obtain air within them. It is important to service regularly to remove these to ensure that all is working to its full potential. If dirt and air are left untreated it will inevitably lead to problems and could, therefore, lead to system breakdowns, which usually happens at the most inappropriate times
Ability has found that whilst technology has moved on and heating systems are far more advanced with smart controls etc we have also noticed that unfortunately, they are more sensitive to contamination from dirt particles and with airlocks.
Whilst many of us will have our boilers serviced regularly, we do not tend to think about the quality of water that is running throughout our heating systems. An inhibitor to minimise corrosion should be applied particularly in hard water areas. It is recommended that a heating system should be flushed every 5 to 6 years to ensure efficiency and stop limescale build-up and remove debris and rust.
Common Heating System Complains
Here at Ability we look at some of the most common system complaints to look out for, which suggest air and dirt which could jeopardise the performance of a light commercial or domestic heating system.
Noisy System – if the system is becoming unusually noisy when
in operation this is usually because there is air and build-up within the
heating systems resulting in the radiators and pipework banging and clanging as
the water tries to pass through.
Cold radiators – If radiators have cold spots or are cold at the bottom but warm at the top, this would suggest there is a build-up of debris within the systems and therefore a power flush may be required.
Air – if there is increased air in the system, this will accumulate in the radiators and potentially clog up the pump, this will usually be noticeable by a noisy system and should be treated as soon as possible to prevent problems.
Replacement of Parts- if parts are being replaced faster than expected this could be due to contamination within the heating system. When there are debris and air within the system the parts such as the pump are having to work harder to achieve the same output, leading to strain and excessive wear on parts. Replacing parts can be very costly and can be avoided by keeping the boiler regularly services, water treated and radiators bleed.
If you require any assistance please contact us on 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been carrying out an assessment of the new and available digital room thermostatic controls here at Ability.
Traditional thermostats are pretty much a fumble to use. It feels like it takes a million button presses to set or program anything and forget adjusting the temperature if you’re not at home or in the correct room. If you’d rather adjust your thermostat from your phone, with your voice, or if that isn’t futuristic enough, let it adjust itself automatically, you’ll want a smart thermostat like one of these new models that we have on offer here at Ability.
Google Thermostatic Control
Google’s Nest is the biggest name in smart thermostats, and with good reason. Originally designed by Tony Fadell, the father of the iPod, the Nest series use a click-wheel interface for turning the temperature up and down that feels incredibly intuitive. The Nest’s biggest feature, though, is its ability to learn your habits and adapt its temperature schedule accordingly, negating the need for you to futz with it.
Nest Thermostatic Control
The Nest Learning Thermostat is probably what you think of when you picture the Nest, but it isn’t actually my top recommendation for most people. The Nest Thermostat E, in our opinion, is a better buy. It’s cheaper but contains almost all the same features, and its clean white housing is more likely to blend into the walls of your home.
The Nest Thermostat E’s display isn’t quite as nice, but that’s a small downside considering the savings. It does, however, lack compatibility with some HVAC systems – so check Nest’s compatibility tool to see if it’ll work with your home, and keep in mind that if you don’t have a C-Wire, it may not be advisable to use the Nest at all (even though it will technically work). You can read more about C-wires on-line.
Honeywell Thermostatic Control
If you’re on a stricter budget, the Honeywell T5+ gets you the most important smart features in a great package. It’s not exactly “cheap”, and it isn’t as attractive as the other options on this list, but it’ll get the job done, you can control it from your phone or with your voice using Alexa and Google, and use its geofencing features to automate energy savings when you aren’t home.
But that discount has to cut corners somewhere: it doesn’t integrate with SmartThings, doesn’t support room sensors, and doesn’t learn your habits the way Nest does, but if you want basic smart home integration at a more affordable price, the T5+ will do the job.
Canadian company ecobee is the other big name in the smart thermostat space, and their latest offering is known simply as the ecobee SmartThermostat. It has a decidedly more techy look, with a black touch screen that’s easy to navigate and adjust, along with sensors for different rooms just like the T9. the ecobee sensors are slightly less powerful as the T9’s, since they don’t detect humidity, but they’re still quite useful. Like other thermostats, you can control it from your phone, set schedules, and automate energy savings when you leave the house. You can check compatibility with your home’s HVAC system here.
If your not sure which thermostatic control is for you then please give us a call here at Ability 01892 514495 and we can discuss the best option for your needs.
Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical services in the Kent, West and East Sussex areas. The majority of us are aware of carbon monoxide safety within our homes and many of us have detectors. Of course, if readings become high companies such as ourselves are called in to rectify the problem, however, this tends not to be the case when having a bbq or attending a festival.
Festival organisers are being encouraged to raise awareness of the risk of CO poisoning. The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) have held discussions in parliament.
It is very easy to have a carefree attitude when attending festivals whilst the priority is to have fun, we do need to be aware of the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide.
BBQs should not be used in confined places such as tents. Manufacturers of BBQs will be asked to flag this warning on the packaging.
Staff working at the festivals should be trained to raise awareness of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and intervene if somebody is acting recklessly.
Some of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide are: dull headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, dizziness and loss of consciousness these can all, of course, be signs of someone being intoxicated so staff should be trained to be vigilant. CO poisoning is particularly dangerous therefore for people who are intoxicated or asleep as these symptoms could easily be mistaken for something else.
It has also been suggested that awareness should be raised on social media, mobile phone advertising, festival apps, promotional material and bands playing at the festival. They have also suggested that leading representatives from festival organisers, carbon monoxide campaign groups and gas industry should also get involved.
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