Carbon Monoxide Safety In Your Home

Our engineers at Ability are Gas Safe registered, and we want to raise awareness of the importance of having a carbon monoxide detector in the home. With our busy lives, it is something that is easily overlooked but could be life-saving.

Unsafe gas appliances can produce carbon monoxide which is highly poisonous. It is produced when natural gas or liquified petroleum gas fails to be completely burned.  Poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in the bloodstream.

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Nearly half of homes in the UK do not currently have a CO alarm in their home which means that more than 12 million householders are at risk of CO poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide is an odourless and colourless substance meaning it can remain undetected without a CO alarm.  Ability is always happy to assist with any queries regarding CO alarms, only last week in Sevenoaks we assisted with the fitting of one.  The engineer left knowing that the family would now be kept safe and alerted should there be a leak.

Here at Ability, our installers are trained to educate about CO safety.  Just because a customer has a new boiler or gas appliance fitted and they have these appliances regularly serviced, does not eliminate the danger of carbon monoxide escaping.

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Although this will reduce the risk, it does not eliminate it as boilers can break down or the flues become blocked at any time between service dates. So while customers may feel they don’t need a CO alarm – ultimately they’ve just had a brand new boiler installed so nothing should go wrong –  installers must help householders prepare for every eventuality.

Ability provides plumbing, heating and electrical assistance throughout Kent, West and East Sussex, please give us a call on 01892 514495 or email info@ability.uk.com if we can help.

Insurance For The Home, Are You Sufficiently Covered?

Ability provides plumbing, heating and electrical support in the South East.  Home Insurance if very important. We have received numerous calls from clients over the years where they have been away and unfortunately have come back to a leak or they have a fault with their boiler.

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When making your final preparation to go on holiday or visit family and friends over the summer, as well as packing the suitcase, checking for passports, sun cream and that the sunglasses are at the ready you need to think is my home safe.  Have you checked all electrical sockets are turned off that can be, have you turned the water off and do I have appropriate home insurance?  It is very easy to forget the latter.

It is important to know what your home insurance policy covers for most eventualities as the last thing you need when returning from a nice break is a huge bill for an essential home repair because your home insurance is inadequate.

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In our experience boilers seem to go wrong at the most inconvenient time, so check do I have emergency cover included in your home insurance.  Also, many companies now will only cover emergency call out claims for boilers up to the age of 15 and some only up to the age of 10.  Ability feels this is very unfair as 10 years is not exactly old with the quality of manufacturing these days, even if it’s a condensing boiler.

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One in five home insurance claims tend to be down to a water leak internally rather than externally and if this happens whilst you are away the damage could be catastrophic.  Therefore, it is so important that you have the right cover for you.  We all like to grab a bargain but the cheaper option is not always the best!  Check the excess, if this is high it becomes a false economy going with a cheaper premium option and look closely at what you are actually going to be covered for.

If you require an emergency plumber, heating engineer or electrician please call Ability on 01892 514495

Emergency Plumber in Maidstone Boiler Repair Near Me

Last night we were called for an emergency plumber in Maidstone, Kent. The customer has searched for Maidstone boiler repair near me, and Ability plumbers in Maidstone were to the rescue.

We can attend your home for your plumbing or heating problem within a 1-hour response. Our emergency plumber Tom arrived in 30 minutes of the phone call and had the water leak stopped within 15 minutes of arrival

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A Brief History of Maidstone

Maidstone is a large town situated in Kent in the South East and has a population of over 113,137 people.  It lies 32 miles east-south-east of London.  The River Medway runs through the centre of the town linking with Rochester and the Thames Estuary.  There is evidence of settlement dating back to the stone age.  The River Medway has been used for trade and the town is the centre of what is known as the Garden of England.

It has been suggested that the name Maidstone derives from stones set into the river to allow clothes to be rinsed in the cleaner water away from the banks.

During the English Civil War, the Battle of Maidstone took place in 1648, resulting in a victory for the Parliamentarian, Andrew Broughton, who was Mayor in 1649 (and also Clerk to the High Court of Justice) was responsible for declaring the death sentence on Charles I, and today a plaque in the Town Centre memorialises Broughton as ‘Mayor and Regicide’.

Paper mills, stone quarrying, brewing and the cloth industry have all flourished here. Today, residents are employed in the retail, administrative or service sectors; there are industrial estates around the town providing employment. Some of the workforce commute to other towns, including to London

Plumbers in Maidstone

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Our engineers are Gas Safe registered and understand the importance of gas health and safety within your property.  For this reason, it is vital that you choose a trained Gas Safe professional to undertake any gas fire, cooker, boiler or appliance work, so call us for our Plumber in Maidstone today.

We serve areas in Maidstone and surrounding areas including, Allington, Alyesford, Barming, Staplehurst, Bearsted, Kings Hill, East Peckham, Kingshill, Wateringbury and Laddingford.

Which Smart Thermostat Is Right For You?

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

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.

Ecobee Thermostatic Control

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.

Baxi Products And The Future Develops For A Greener Future

Baxi has been manufacturing in the UK since 1866. It’s a leading competitor in the UK providing high quality, reliable and durable boilers and heating products.

Baxi currently manufactures products that use natural and LPG gas. However, with the new regulation coming in force in 2025, meaning that all new homes, will have to use green gas or alternative, to heat water and their homes, new products will have to be innovative to accommodate these changes.

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Baxi like most of us agrees that we need to cut down on greenhouse emissions and in order for the UK to meet the target of reducing these by 80%, by 2050 drastic measures need to be taken. Supporting research, incentives and funding do need to be provided.

The CEO, David Pinder of UK and Ireland Baxi Heating said, “I am proud to be part of a group that is championing the delivery of a more environmentally sustainable construction agenda, which is fundamental to the UK achieving its clean growth goals.

Here at Ability, we are very excited about the prospect of the UK becoming a zero carbon-free zone and cleaner environment. We look forward to seeing the advances in technology and the new products by Baxi and other manufacturers that will enable us to do this.

Carbon neutral gas is made predominately from organic sources eg farm waste and will hopefully replace the current LPG and gas we currently use. With the right technology, boilers will be easily converted to use the greener gas which will cut down the carbon footprint in our homes.

If you require boiler installation, heating repairs, plumbing or electrical assistance please do not hesitate to contact us on 01892 514495 or at info@ability.uk.com. We cover the Kent, West and East Sussex area.

Gas Boilers To Be Banned In New Homes By 2025

It has been recommended to the government by the Committee on Climate Change to make a blanket ban on gas boilers being installed in new homes from 2025 to help tackle climate change.  The Chancellor has announced that it will be illegal for gas boilers to be installed into new build homes from 2025. They predict that non-fossil fuel boilers will, of course, be better for the environment but will also be cheaper to run. These drastic measures are being taken because the UK will not meet their targets to reduce greenhouse emissions by 80% by 2050 as anticipated.

It has been recommended that low carbon energy should be used as an alternative to the gas we currently use. The use of methane gas, which releases carbon needs to be phased out and replace with low or zero carbon gas such as biomethane or hydrogen.

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What Is The Alternative To Gas Boilers In The Future

It is suggested that green gas compatible boilers should be installed into new homes to enable the transaction from normal gas to green to happen seamlessly. The technology has been tested but further investment needs to be made for green gas to be implemented into our homes. With 90% of our homes using the gas foundation already it is essential that these investments are made. Currently, one-fifth of greenhouse emissions are being created from our homes and a high percentage of that is due to us burning fossil fuels for heating and hot water.

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The alternative to using green fuel would be to return to electric heating which is very expensive to run and a step back in our progression to become as energy efficient as possible.

Ability have carried out boiler installations and repairs to gas boilers in the Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, East Grinstead, Heathfield and Crowborough areas for many years, so if you require any assistance one our friendly engineers will be happy to assist.

Another Cold Spell With More Snow To Come? Call The Team Ability.

The team Ability is sure to see you are prepared for whatever the weather is to come. Most of England and Wales will start the day cloudy, with some hill fog, before brightening up during the day. So there is a positive outlook after the morning rush.

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Feet up, coffee and fire.

It was on the news this morning, that Met Office meteorologists have commented: “It’s a cloudy, wet and mild start across southern parts first thing, but in South East England, we do have some snow, and the reason for this weather is a cold front draped across the country from north to south”.

“Here is where we have the snow first thing and a risk of ice!” Here at the team Ability, we think there may be another Beast from the East!

The Met Office on its website said: “Any showers in the west dying out this evening. Otherwise dry with clear skies leading to a widespread sharp frost, severe over snow cover.

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“Some freezing fog patches likely too. Minimum temperature -8 °C. Ekk! This could prove a cold morning so give us here at the team Ability a call!

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The forecasters predict: “Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

“Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.” We we hope its not the case.

Here at the team Ability, the team are always at the ready whatever the weather. So do not hesitate to call whatever the time of day or night.

Its all about being there at the end of the phone, seeing that we can get to you when you call and then making sure we can do the job that needs doing and do it right. Thats the team Ability trait.

Oil or Lpg? Commercial and Domestic Plumbing-Heating-Electrical

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Warm and cosy by the fire

Do you have Oil or LPG? We cater for commercial and domestic plumbing, heating and electrical in the local areas of Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

Today we look at the options for those without mains natural gas piped to their home or office. If you happen to live in a fairly remote part of the country, your options for heating and hot water maybe somewhat limited.

The use of renewable energy is a great option for society today and we must all look to save energy and meet efficiency guidelines wherever we can. However, no one wants to run out of heating or hot water and there are good local sources of fuel for use if the renewable energy isn’t quite sufficient to rely on totally.

Here at Ability, we have many customers that use both Oil (kerosene) or LPG (Calor gas) to heat their home, office, school or church. So having qualified and experienced Oil and LPG engineers on call for servicing and repairs or installation and maintenance is key for us.

Covering the remote parts of the South East countryside from all around Ashdown Forest near East Grinstead to the beautiful parts of Hever Castle near Penshurst, Tonbidge and Sevenoaks. We can install and service, repair or maintain your oil heating or gas hot water appliances.

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Oil heating is popular in those remote villages around us that have larger detached properties with the space and grounds to site or position an oil heating tank.

Electrical immersion heaters and boiler are common in our industry and we have a good qualified electrician to carry out installation, repairs, servicing and maintenance for electrical appliances too.

For some smaller properties LPG bottles are suitable, however Calor do offer a free quotation to install a Calor LPG bulk tank at your property and this can be buried below ground or situated ground level.

So for your LPG or Oil needs, oil heating, gas cooking or electrical hot water, here at Ability we can help you. Installation, Servicing, Repairs or Maintainance, give us a call today.

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.

Fast Local Plumbers and Reliable Heating Engineers in Tonbridge

Fast Local Plumbers and Reliable Heating Engineers in Tonbridge

The Ability team have been praised today as fast local plumbers. The customer based in Southborough, near Tonbridge in Kent, gave the lads a top notch review. Mrs Taylor confirmed with the office that they are reliable heating engineers in Tonbridge.Fast Local Plumbers and Reliable Heating Engineers in Tonbridge

So a gold star is given to Max and Tom for continued hard work and quality of workmanship. The feedback is most welcome here at Ability. We pride ourselves on being fast local plumbers and when credit is given to our reliable heating engineers in Tonbridge we are over the moon with positive feedback.

Fast Local Plumbers

It can be challenging to provide the service that is recognised by Mrs Taylor, however when we pull out all the stops and work around the clock to get these things done then its worth it. So the plumbing and heating that has been carried out by our fast local plumbers are almost done and the reliable heating engineers in Tonbridge are booked to start a boiler installation in Hildenborough tomorrow afternoon when everything is all wrapped up.Fast Local Plumbers and Reliable Heating Engineers in Tonbridge

Reliable Heating Engineers in Tonbridge.

And so the wheel keeps turning and jobs keep rolling. As we strive to provide everyone that’s booked in the new boiler and heating systems they need. The oil boiler installation that is starting in Hildenborough is booked in for 2 days with three men so this should be commissioned and running for the weekend. With the right team in place, we do not anticipate any problems and we are a solution based company today so if something crops up we get it sorted. With our fast local plumbers had no job is too large or too small. So please make us your first call and we can send our reliable heating engineers in Tonbridge Today.