Choosing the right Boiler Installation for your heating system can be difficult, which is why you should leave it to qualified installers to advise you on which products and controllers best suit your home and lifestyle, here at Ability we will take the hard work for you out of it and provide you with the options that are right for you.
Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance in West Kent, East, and West Sussex. Powerflushing is a popular method of cleaning and maintaining a central heating system. A Kamco machine is used to send high pressured water through the system to dislodge and remove debris, limescale and sludge build-up.
Over time sludge and debris build up in the central heating system and tend to gather in radiators, pipework and heat exchangers. This sludge is a mixture of dust, dirt, and rust in the water. When debris is left radiators can become cold, valves can become damaged and if left untreated could result in a boiler breakdown.
Powerflushing will allow the debris to be removed and heat dispensed evenly throughout the system. Household bills will be reduced due to the increased efficiency of the central heating system. Also by keeping the system clean the lifespan of the boiler will hopefully be increased. However, homeowners should be made aware that once highly corroded areas have been treated this can sometimes result in leaks on the system that will need to be repaired.
After the first stage of the powerflushing has been completed a high-quality inhibitor should be pumped through the system. This will remove any existing iron oxide or calcium deposits that could be left in the system. After around 10-15 minutes a test should be carried out to make sure all deposits have been removed. If, not the process should be repeated.
Many boiler manufacturers now make the warranty dependant on keeping the system clean in line with the Compliance Guide to Part L of the UK Building Regulations
Should you feel your central heating system would benefit from powerflushing call Ability on 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free no-obligation quotation. Our engineers will be happy to do an assessment and identify any high sludged and corroded areas within the central heating system.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleaning a central heating system is integral to its health and powerflushing is a popular cleaning method due to the rapid but comprehensive clean it delivers. The benefits of a clean heating system are well-documented:
more even heat distribution throughout the property
improved overall energy savings
lower household bills
increased system reliability
extended system life
So how do you know if a system needs a powerflush? Here are
some symptoms to look out for.
It’s important to keep your radiators working properly, so they can keep you warm through the winter. If you’re having problems with your heating, your radiators might need a powerflush.
There are several symptoms that show you might need a powerflush. If your radiators are cold at the bottom and hot at the top, you could have sludge blocking your radiators or pipes.
Sludge might also be to blame if some radiators aren’t warming
up while others work properly.
You’ll find information below about the causes of sludge in your central heating system. We’ll also explain the powerflushing process.
Why is there sludge in the radiator?
The older your central heating system is, the more likely it is you have sludge in your radiators and need a powerflush.
Blocked radiators make your bills higher, as your heating has to work harder to warm your home. Sludge can also damage your boiler, heat pump and valves.
If you need a powerflush, the engineer will connect a machine to your system. This will push a powerful, low-pressure flow of liquid through your system. This dislodges sludge and rust, removing it from your radiators and boiler.
It can take several hours to flush out your radiator system. It can take even longer if you have a larger system or there’s a lot of sludge.
Your central heating system will contain fresh, clean water after the power flush. The engineer will probably add an inhibitor solution. This liquid chemical will stop sludge building up again.
If you would like a no-obligation quotation for a powerflush or indeed any of the other services that we provide please call Ability on 01892 514495 or email email@example.com
Ability carries out the installation of gas and oil boilers in areas such as Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Paddock Wood, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Bromley and Orpington. We watch with interest in the decisions and developments regarding green energy being suggested by the Government.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that by 2025 there is to be no gas central heating in new build homes. This is to help tackle climate change and reach the Government 2050 target of 80% reduced emissions.
With the lack of a definitive replacement, it is yet to be decided how these new houses will be heated. There have been suggestions that low-carbon heat pumps could be used or biofuel. However, boiler providers such as Worcester Bosch are calling for the Government to allow experts to advise and make decisions on an individual basis. These decisions can then be incorporated into the building regulations for new builds.
The Government will need to invest in technology and manufacturing to enable these new forms of heating to be both affordable and efficient. It will become counterproductive if the homeowner’s energy bills rocket.
20,000 homes a week need to convert to low carbon energy source by 2050 for the Government to meet the climate change targets. Gas 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.
It is yet to be seen what impact these Government decisions will have on the heating industry and although there currently no mention of eliminating other gas appliances such as hobs and cookers this could be something that will be implemented in the future.
If you require a no-obligation quotation for heating, plumbing or electrical works please call Ability on 01892 514495 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ability recently fitted a Firebird Oilboiler in Sevenoaks, Kent below is information regarding their products and aftercare which is so important when choosing a boiler.
Firebird have produced a new cylinder brochure which gives detailed product information on their comprehensive range of dedicated hot water storage solutions. Specifically designed for use with Firebirds’ air source heat pump and solar thermal product ranges, the Envirocyl hot water cylinders feature purpose-designed coils to allow maximum heat transfer of renewable energy into the stored water. With single coil, twin coil, pre-plumbed and pre-wired options, the Envirocyl range provide a highly efficient way of providing space heating and domestic hot water. the cylinders are available in capacities of 180-300 litres and include factory-fitted 3 kw electric immersion as standard. Manufactured from premium quality stainless steel for superior corrosion resistance, the inner vessel is covered by a 10 or 25-year manufacturer’s warranty.
When used in conjunction with an Enviroair air source heat pump, the Envirocyl heat pump cylinder range is capable of providing up to 100% of a home’s hot water demand. As well as a standard cylinder, Firebird offers a pre-plumbed option, which includes pre-fabricated pipework, wiring and an integrated 50-litre buffer. If space happens to be a problem, Firebird have also developed an ‘Easy-Fit Unit’ which can be situated in a garage or utility room. With a premium-quality, white case finish, the cylinder unit is fully pre-plumbed and pre-wired to considerably reduce installation time.
For heating systems where solar thermal is used to complement another heat source, twin coil options are available for use with Firebird’s Enviroair source heat pumps or a traditional boiler. Not only does the Envirocyl cylinder range provide mains pressure hot water and high flow rates for powerful showers and fast filling baths, but the optimised design of the heating coil ensures that water reheats quickly. Fully insulated to minimise any heat loss, the cylinders are efficient to run, require minimal maintenance and include all the components required to complete installation.
If you would like a free quotation for a new oil or gas boiler please call Ability 0n 01892 514495 or alternatively email email@example.com
It’s always an inconvenience when something goes wrong with plumbing in the home especially when its something we didn’t anticipate and can’t put right ourselves. Many of us will be reluctant to call a plumber and will leave a dripping tap or leaky toilet for days, weeks and sometimes even months. Millions of water is being wasted throughout the UK each day because of unnecessary leaks. If a tap is left dripping for a week it will waste approximately 168 litres of water. It is estimated that 10% of water wastage is from leaking toilets.
Common signs that a plumber may be required include, a slow gradual leak coming from pipework, pipes making a rattle or banging noise as water travels through them, continual running of water in the toiler, slow drainage in a sink/shower, low water pressure and an huge increase of the household water bill.
A big factor homeowner’s are worried about is the cost of a plumber however, the sooner a leak is fixed generally the lower the costs will be. How much a plumber charges mostly depends on the severity of the problem. If leaks are left further costs could incur with water damage repair. For smaller jobs such as fixing a leaky faucet or unblocking a toilet plumbers normally charge at their hourly rate but for larger jobs a quotation may be required
Ability provides plumbing, heating and electrical assistance throughout the Kent, West and East Sussex areas. We cover Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead, Crowborough, Paddock Wood, Orpington, Bromley and surrounding areas. All our charges are clearly transparent, set out on our website and no call out charges are applied.
If you require a plumber please give us a call on 01892 514495 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org and we be happy to help
To combat climate change the government has pledged that by 2050 they will reduce emissions by 80%. However, with the majority of our homes still fuelled by gas and oil this is significantly reducing the probability of the UK meeting these targets.
New regulation are coming in to force in 2025 to help with climate change, meaning that all new homes, will have to use green gas or alternative, to heat water and their homes, money needs to be invested into new products. Currently, 14% of UK greenhouse gases come from our homes and although all new homes built in 2025 will use greener energy it is just a drop in the ocean as the vast majority of UK homes will not.
20,000 homes a week need to convert to low carbon energy source by 2050 for the UK to meet the climate change targets. Gas 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.
What Needs To Be Done To Combat Climate Change
Biogas reduces carbon emissions by 90% and could be used to fuel up to two million off-grid homes as well as businesses such as mobile caterers throughout the UK to help with climate change. Smart control systems, when used to their full potential, will also reduce the amount of energy each household uses.
Money needs to be invested for home insulation schemes as currently these costs are having to be met by homeowners and they do not always have the money to invest to facilitate these changes. 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.
Ability provides heating,plumbing and electrical assistance throughout Kent, East and West Sussex. If you would like a free no-obligation quotation for a new boiler or smart controls please contact us on 01892 514495 or alternatively email email@example.com
The power to the system must be turned off before starting to re-pressurise the boiler. It’s something the homeowner can do themselves but if the pressure continues to drop then a heating engineer will be required. Modern boilers work best usually around 1.5 bar. The boiler will have a pressure gauge that shows the minimum and maximum operating pressure.
There are 3 main reasons why the pressure could drop.
Bleeding Radiators Low Pressure
When bleeding radiators air is being let out of the system and can cause the pressure to drop. This can be easily rectified by letting more cold water back into the system. This is simple to do however each boiler is different so you will need to refer back to the boiler manual or the manufacturer’s website for direction.
If there is a leak in the system the pressure will continue to drop even if you have added more cold water into the system. It can be very hard to locate a leak but the best place to check first is the radiator valves. Wipe the valves with kitchen roll and place a tray beneath it to collect any dripping water. If you are unable to locate the leak then an engineer may be needed to locate and fix it because the leak could be behind a bath panel or floorboard.
It is important to have your boiler serviced annually as this helps to keep your boiler running efficiently. Any fault will be detected earlier and can be fixed before further problems develop. If the pressure in the system keeps dropping after cold water has been added, it could be the expansion valve that has failed or limescale could have built up in the boiler. A certified engineer will be needed to check this out.
If you need any assistance with the above please give Ability a call on 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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