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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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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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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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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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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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!

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.

LEAD WATER PIPES-WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK FOR LEAD IN PIPES

WATER SAFE-WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK FOR LEAD PIPES  AND LEAD WATER PIPES

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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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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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 watersafe.org.uk

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.

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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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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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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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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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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.