Thermostatic Radiator Valve Turns 75 Years Old

Thermostatic Radiator Valve Turns 75 Years Old

Here at Ability this week we are focused on the Thermostatic Radiator Valve and our new electrical Engineers and Electricians.

Back in 1943, the founder of Danfoss controls known as Mads Clausen had invented the worlds first radiator thermostat.thermostatic radiator valve-electrical engineers

In Europe alone, we know today that there are more than 500 million manual and non-regulated valves mounted on radiators. And if these were upgraded, replaced by newer radiator thermostats, incorporating the latest technology, Europe’s annual CO2 emissions could be reduced by anything up to 29 million tons. This we believe will bring a return on investment in just two years, the whole of Europe would save 12 billion Euros and 130 TWh of energy per year, helping the environment immensely.

The radiator thermostat is an integral part of the Danfoss’ DNA and the most known and visible example of their technologies today:

The marketing of the product began in 1952. This is when Danfoss launched the radiator thermostat as an application which saves money and increases comfort in centrally heated homes, and since then we have moved along extremely fast.

Since 1943, Danfoss alone has manufactured around 350 million radiator thermostats, thereby reducing 650,000,000 tons of CO2. This can increase as technology progresses.

The thermostatic radiator valve has become an important part of today’s heating system both in the domestic home and commercial workplace.

Electrical Services Take Off

We have recently launched our electrical division here at Ability with an ever-growing team of engineers. Its a continuous stream of work enabling us to keep even more customers happy.thermostatic radiator valve-electrical engineers

Ability Electrical Engineers

Have you Searched for Electricians in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, East Grinstead or Sevenoaks? Looking for a reliable, friendly and cost-effective Sevenoaks based electrical engineer? Call us Today on 01732743723.

Electricians in Sevenoaks,  Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and East Grinstead.

Here at Ability, we pride ourselves on a fast efficient and friendly service. We answer the phone, there is no voicemail. We provide you with a time slot, you do not wait weeks for our Electrician. We get your job done. Our qualified electricians and experienced electrical engineers will solve your problems, just make that call today.


Plumber and Electrician Work Together on Electric Shower

Plumber and Electrician Work in Harmony Together on Electric Shower

The call came through at 7 am yesterday from a regular customer of Ability, who had an electric shower leaking. So our plumber and electrician worked in harmony together on this customer’s electric shower.

We were able to calm them down and reassure them that we could send our plumber right away to help with their emergency.

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Lady in a hot shower

Once the mains water and electric power had been isolated, our electrician was able to attend later that morning and check and test the safety of the electrics.

Our emergency plumber had managed to stop the leak with a new stopcock valve and make a repair to the pipe that connects to the electric shower.

The electric shower was 15 years old and the customer had reported signs of poor performance and asked if we could fit a new electric shower in its place.

So between our plumber and electrician, we were able to supply and fit a new electric shower. All done in one visit from each of our engineers to save on time and cost. Another happy customer here at Ability.

How Does an Electric Shower Work?

Electric showers work in much the same way as other electric appliances that get hot, including electric toasters and hair dryers. They send an electric current through a piece of metal called a heating element. This has a moderate resistance, so it gets really hot when electricity moves through it. Cold water flows past the element, picking up the heat and heading out through the nozzle where you’re standing. So a basic form of heating up something.

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New shower installation

How do mixer showers work?

Here at Ability, we can explain a little about mixer showers. The simplest showers are called mixer showers and, as their name suggests, they work by mixing hot and cold water from separate pipes to make warm water whose temperature is somewhere in between. The basic form of mixer shower is a Y-shaped rubber pipe that you fit over the hot and water faucets (taps) on a bath-tub. By adjusting the faucets, you create a single stream of water at exactly the temperature you want. This can become irritating.

The trouble with mixer showers like this is that the temperature is hard to control. If someone switches on a cold faucet or flushes a toilet elsewhere in your home, the cold water supply is reduced. That means there’s proportionally more hot water coming through your shower and, if the water’s too hot, you could be scalded. The opposite will happen if someone switches on a hot faucet you’ll suddenly find the shower turning freezing cold, this is where we can help at Ability.

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Showerhead cascade

Mixer showers that are plumbed into the wall overcome this problem by using built-in thermostats. They constantly adjust the temperature of the mixed water to ensure you’re not boiled like a lobster or frozen like a penguin by water that’s alternately too hot or too cold. Most mixer showers also have safety cut-outs that prevent you from turning the water up to dangerously high levels, which is good news if they’re being used by the infirm, frail elderly people or young children.

But there’s still a basic problem with mixer showers: they typically run off hot water from a tank. Once the tank is empty, there’s no more hot water and you have to wait for the tank to fill up before you can shower again. So you cannot run out of stored water. We recommend here at Ability you have a mains feed system.

Emergency Electrical Engineer in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells

Emergency Electrical Engineer in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells

This week saw an increase in homeowner call-outs due to the colder weather. Here at Ability, we had an emergency electrical engineer in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells, rushed off his feet.

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Testing a faulty electrical light fitting

The faulty plug sockets and flickering lights were an easy repair for our qualified electrician. With over 25 years experience in this industry, these little jobs are comfortable repair for our electrical engineer.

Electrical Fault Finding In most cases, a visual examination can usually identify any electrical safety issues. If not, we can carry out various tests to find any electrical faults.

Do you need new or replacement lights either in your home or outside your house? This may include new wall lights, ceiling lights or feature lights inside your home. It may also include new lights to improve visibility and safety getting to and from your home. This is the work we carry out on a daily basis.

The fuse board (or ‘consumer unit’) is where your electrical supply is controlled from and distributed to different rooms of your home and gives you power and lights! Again, to reduce the likelihood of an electrical fault (including a fire caused by an electrical fault) and to improve the efficiency of your electrics and here at ability we often replace and repair these units.

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Electrician replacing lighting

Periodic Testing and Inspection

It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at the following times:

The Landlords and Tenant Act 1985 requires landlords of properties with short leases to keep the electrical wiring in repair and proper working order. We recommend landlords arrange for periodic inspection and testing to be carried out by a registered electrician at the relevant intervals shown above. Go to the registered site to see our NICEIC 

So if you need an emergency electrical engineer in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells then call 0800889015



With more than two-thirds of homeowners not knowing if their water is supplied through potentially harmful lead water pipes, WaterSafe, the UK register for approved plumbers, is urging everyone to take the scratch test on lead pipes and its something we are recommending here at Ability.

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Images of water pipes

A recent survey of 2000 homeowners by WaterSafe revealed 68% don’t know if they have potentially harmful lead water pipes in their property. We recently have to remove a section of leaking lead water main for one of our customers in Sevenoaks.

Water used for drinking and cooking that has been supplied through lead pipes can lead to a build-up of lead in the body. This can be bad for health – especially for babies and children, whose development can be affected. So contact us here at Ability plumbing and heating and we will do everything in our knowledge and capabilities to help you with lead water pipes.

A further 53% of homeowners don’t know that it’s their responsibility to replace lead pipes they find in their home. Watersafe say they need to replace them with copper or plastic ones approved for tap water.

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Diagram of water main layout

Julie Spinks, Director of WaterSafe, says: “We’re asking property owners to do one thing during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (Oct 21-27) –  check your homes and business premises for lead water pipes, especially if you have an older property. It’s quite simple – find the water pipe where it enters your home, which is usually in a kitchen cupboard or under the stairs. Lead pipes are normally dull grey and soft and if you scrape the surface gently with a coin you’ll see the shiny silver-coloured metal underneath. It’s quite distinct from copper or plastic. If the pipes are painted, just scrape the paint off too.”

Lead Pipes.

At Ability, we are qualified in water regulations and unvented water safety. The use of lead in plumbing has been banned in the UK for more than 25 years, so it’s houses built before 1970 that are most likely to have lead pipes.

Homeowners who find they do have lead pipes should contact their water supplier, who can test the levels of lead in the drinking water and offer advice on replacing them. so call Ability and book an engineer to check your lead water pipes.

WaterSafe recommends employing an approved plumber from its UK register to replace pipes, as they are fully qualified in the water supply regulations and are promoted by water companies to keep drinking water safe in homes. Find local, approved plumbers using a postcode search at

How much does it cost to buy a new boiler?

How much does it cost to buy a new boiler?

An experiment showed wildly different quotes for installing exactly the same boiler. An investigation has revealed a staggering difference in quotes for installing a new boiler. You turn on your ailing boiler on a cold winter’s morning and discover that it’s finally given up the ghost.

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New Boiler

The tempting thing to do is to call out the first available boiler engineer. But that could turn out to be a very costly mistake, exclusive research reveals.

Its always best to get more than one quotation and we do not recommend you necessarily go for the cheapest. Shop around, however, be cautious.

The quotes in this experiment, received for the same type of boiler, being installed in the same location, varied by as much as £3,200. One quote came in at a suspiciously low £1,500, and another at an eye-watering £4,764.

New Boiler

The investigation suggests that you don’t necessarily need to pay more to get the very best boiler. The quotes in this experiment for three of the Best boiler brands were no higher than quotes for brands that get middling scores in our boiler brand reviews. If you need a new boiler, make sure you get one that will last by picking from one of the best boiler brands. How much is a new boiler? The median price of the ten quotes was £2,595, with one as low as £1,500 and one as high as £4,764.

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New Boiler

At Ability, we aim to match or beat any like for like boiler quotation that you are willing to compare with us, and our quotation. So if you liked our approach and our presentation or quotation was your prefered option, then we would suggest you give us the chance to look at the competitive quotations you have and offer you a better deal for the same work.

Weather Change Sees Plumbers Step up a Gear

Weather Change See Plumbers Step up a Gear

This week saw a drop in temperature, and the weather change sees our local Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead and Edenbridge plumbers step up a gear.

trusted plumbers in tunbridge wells-plumbers step up a gearThe long summer may be drawing to a close but the heat is on for our local and friendly plumbers. Working hard for our customers here in West Kent, East Sussex and Surrey, our plumbers step up a gear.

The holiday period seems to be over and as families and business alike start to prepare for the changing of the seasons. The plumbers here at Ability start to knuckle down to some seriously hard work ensuring that your boilers, heating, plumbing and electrical appliances are serviced and maintained.

That’s why we are on hand 24/7 for your needs. When the colder days set in, we want to be ready to help. Make your call today, to us here at Ability and we will do our best to see that your needs are met as our plumbers step up a gear.

Trusted Plumbers in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge

A customer that called on Thursday last week, via a recommendation from a church that Ability work for, provided a five-star review.trusted plumbers in tunbridge wells-plumbers step up a gear

As trusted plumbers in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, we were able to come to the rescue of this elderly gentleman within 30 minutes and isolate his leaking stopcock. Trusted plumbers in Tunbridge Wells.

He was s impressed with our engineers work that he rewarded our plumber with some of his favourite homemade sponge cake. So another satisfied customer and a big pat on the back for one of the team here at Ability.

So if you are looking for a reliable and trusted plumber in Tunbridge Wells, then look no further. For all your plumbing, heating or gas needs one of our qualified and experienced staff will be happy to help you today. Ability-The Trusted Plumbers in Tunbridge Wells.



Local Plumbers Recommended-How To Find a Local Plumber

Local Plumbers Recommended-How To Find a Local Plumber

It can be a minefield these days when you’re searching away on google looking for local plumbers recommended or how to find a local plumber.

Now, to make life as easy as possible for local people looking for local recommended plumbers we have tried to be as clear as possible, honest, transparent and upfront.

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Your Local Plumber-Our Friendly Team

So how to find a local plumber? Well, that’s something we all see a challenge with the hundreds of national plumbing companies always trying to appear as a local.

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Recent Modern Bathroom

Well, we have discovered that the best way to get our work and new custom is by word of mouth. As we like to be local plumbers recommended, you will find photos of us, descriptions of what we are about and what we all do here at Ability, on our website.

How to find a local plumber.

Its anyone’s guess how many plumbers appear in the listings of Google when you search, but how many really are local plumbers recommend by others, like us? |Its the million dollar question to us!

We always say, ask around, read all the information on the website carefully, check out the local phone numbers and make sure there is a local address.

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Keeping People Warm-Throughout the South East

We will remain your local plumbers recommend by others as its the small family business that we will keep going to maintain our quality reputation built over almost 40 years now.

Finally, the only sure way to know is by calling us up and talking with one of the family themselves. This we are always happy to do. So you can be safe in the knowledge that what you see really is what you get.

Everything we publish, we do. There is no better way in our opinion than to run a business, giving you the customer a complete understanding of who we are and what we do.

Tonbridge Central Heating Engineer and Sevenoaks Local Plumbers

Tonbridge Central Heating Engineer and Sevenoaks Local Plumbers

Calling our customers today with arrival times and our Tonbridge central heating engineer and Sevenoaks local plumbers are already out on the road.

Its the early bird that gets the worm as they say. So, Tom, our Tonbridge central heating engineers have six calls today and is already at his second customer.

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New Fitted kitchen and sink

We have four Sevenoaks plumbers and again two are already on the road covering ‘call outs‘ and the other two are on site carrying out an installation of boilers and plumbing of bathrooms.

Sevenoaks Local Plumbers

Do you need your heating or plumbing looked at? Are you in or around the Sevenoaks area? If so, we are on call today for your very needs!

With the area coverage of 30 miles radius from the centre of Sevenoaks and our Sevenoaks local plumbers on call 24/7, we can be with you in no time at all.

Tonbridge Central Heating Engineer

Tom, our Tonbridge central heating engineer has a busy day starting in Hildenborough, near Tonbridge  Kent. With boilers to repair, radiators that are cold, thermostats to supply and fit he will be kept busy for most of the day

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central heating thermostat

So if you need a Sevenoaks local plumber or a Tonbridge heating engineer then look no further than Ability plumbing and heating engineers. One call does it all. With the skill and experience of over 35 years working in the plumbing and heating industry, we can help with your problem. We are also fully qualified too.

With a vast knowledge of the area, is based in the area since the company started we are not just local but friendly and always around. Just pick up the phone and call today for our Tonbridge central heating engineer or our Sevenoaks local plumbers. Your heating problems solved. Your Plumbing issues resolved and our happy customers mean our happy team here at Ability.

Recommended plumber near Tonbridge

Recommended plumber near Tonbridge

This week we discovered from a customer that we were the recommended plumber near Tonbridge.

Recommended Plumber Near Tonbridge

And this came about due to a boiler installation in Hildenborough near Tonbridge in Kent. We installed an Ideal boiler. This Ideal vouge was a masterpiece in our opinion. All works carried out by our recommended plumber near Tonbridge, meant that things went well without any problems.

The Ideal Vogue Max Combi boiler the newest premium boiler manufactured by Ideal Boilers. They have combined the same premium offering as the Vogue Gen2 with the addition of a high-quality Ideal System filter creating one easy to purchase and fit package. There is also an additional 2 years warranty for the Vogue Max Range when it is installed by a “Max” accredited installer.

So our recommended plumber near Tonbridge finished the day with a generous helping of coffee and cake from a chuffed customer who was now filled with confidence in Ability.

Grant Vortex Oil Boiler

The Grant VortexBlue external modules have some of the highest oil-fired boiler efficiencies available today. These models are ideal for situations where a white cased kitchen/utility version is not always the best solution, possible due to limited space within the home.

All modules include a factory fitted multi-directional flue, high-quality external powder coated casing, built in frost protection, mains isolating switch and a test switch. Just as other VortexBlue boilers, this range also incorporates Riello‘s RDB Blu burner technology teamed with our patented Vortex stainless steel heat exchanger. So if your looking for a recommended plumber near Tonbridge-then look no further than ability.

Recommended plumber near Tonbridge

Ideal Boilers, one of our favourite manufacturers which have 500 staff and posted revenue of around £200m in 2014, has been a major employer in Hull for more than a century. Formed back in 1904 and loved by the British public. It is the third largest company in the UK market for domestic wall-mounted boilers, with annual sales of around 300,000 Ideal brand boilers, of which are built to high standard and fine quality.


Modern Bathroom Installation and Commercial Catering Installation

Modern Bathroom Installation and Commercial Catering Installation

At the end of another week, we are pleased with the hard work of a modern bathroom installation. We also have completed a commercial catering installation in a local restaurant near Sevenoaks Kent.Modern Bathroom Installation and Commercial Catering Installation

It has been a challenging time for our bathroom specialists a the finishing is most important. The modern bathroom installation in Tunbridge Wells Kent has consisted of a completely new white china suite. Tiling the entire room from top to bottom and high spec chrome finish brassware. The new commercial catering kitchen, with a large 8 burner range cooker, hotplate and grill with two gas fryers have had a new extract with all the safety features required. Modern Bathroom Installation and Commercial Catering Installation

Modern Bathroom Installation

When designing a wet room or a new modern bathroom installation time is key.

Modern style can be mean different things to different people, but generally speaking, when we refer to modern design, some of the same ideas come together: geometrical shapes, neutral or basic colours, little to no decorative flourishes, and natural materials.

If you’re remodelling a bathroom in a modern home, you’ll be inspired by some of the design ideas we’ve collected here.

Commercial Catering Installation

People eat away from home for different reasons, and these reasons account for the difference between commercial and non-commercial food service. Commercial food service, accounting for roughly 77 per cent of eating-out pounds, mainly consists of fast food and full-service restaurants and this is where the commercial catering installation comes in. The remaining 23 per cent is spent eating in school cafeterias, corporate dining rooms, hospital cafeterias and other such places that make up non-commercial food service.

Modern Bathroom Installation and Commercial Catering Installation

So here at Ability, we cover all aspects of plumbing, heating, gas and water works in your home, office, restaurant, school, church or warehouse. covering Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead and surrounding areas we are company for you to call.