Pressure Dropping In The Heating System

Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance in Kent, East and West Sussex.  As the temperatures start to drop we receive an increased volume of calls from customers saying that the pressure on their boiler has dropped.

Boiler Pressure Gauge

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 which 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.

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Water Leak

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.

Boiler Fault

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 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 info@ability.uk.com.

If Your Heating System Working To It’s Full Potential

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

Debris in the heating system

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.

Corrosion within the system

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 info@ability.uk.com

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.

Raising Carbon Monoxide Safety Awareness at Festivals

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.

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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.

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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.

If you require assistance from Ability please call on 01892 514495 or email info@ability.uk.com

Maintaining Our Home Boilers Throughout The Summer

With the Summer hopefully on its way, it’s hard to think about the cold times ahead however at Ability, we find that when our customers come to use their home boilers again in the winter, problems occur and we are called in to fix problems that could sometimes have been avoided. 

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Ability has heating engineers in the Bromley and Orpington area along with engineers in other areas of Kent and Sussex.  It costs on average between £150 – £400 to repair a broken home boiler and although unlike some, Ability does not charge a call out fee there are a few simple things that can be maintained throughout the year to keep your boiler in good working order.

Keeping your hot water at a low setting can actually be more cost effective than turning your home boiler completely off.  Home boilers can seize if they are not used regularly so by keeping the hot water on constant but at low temperature will ensure the boiler runs smoothly throughout the year.

Although it seems madness to turn the heating on when the temperatures are soaring outside, by doing so for just 10 minutes a week will help to keep the boiler healthy and avoid incurring costs when the winter comes.

Summer is always a good time to have a home boiler service carried out as plumbers and heating engineers are quieter during the Summer months. It is recommended that boilers are serviced annually to ensure they are working efficiently. If a fault is found during the service it will be less disruptive to have this fixed during the Summer as the household is less reliant on the heating and hot water.

Ability, has heating engineers in the East Grinstead, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Orpington and Bromley area so please feel free to give us a call on 01892 514495 or alternatively email info@ability.uk.com to book a service in.

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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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.

An Excellent Local Recommended Plumber. Can you be Sure?

Our reputation as a company is a number one priority. We value our customer’s opinions and we regularly ask for feedback and reviews. We belive we are a good local recommended plumber.

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It is all essential for us to recognise where we have provided both a good and bad service, so we can change things where necessary and grow in this ever-changing profession and plumbing, heating and electrical industry.

So we ask for all customers to provide us with their feedback on our engineer’s workmanship, cleanliness, manners and presentation. This has proved to be a foundation stone in the growth and success of Ability. This enables us to see we remain an excellent local recommended plumber.

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The team work with pride and we have a family values ethos that sees we care for our customers home and loved ones, as well as getting on together much like one big family. this sees us as an excellent local recommended plumber.

With our new staff integrating well amongst the existing staff, a policy that allows everyone the freedom to work well together and get along and a social incentive so that we all keep in touch outside of work, our moto brings home happiness in the workplace and comfort to the team.

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So if you need an excellent local recommended plumber. If you are struggling to find someone to trust and want to invite into your home someone who is respectable, knowledgeable, qualified, experienced in his job and polite. Then its one of the team here at Ability you need.

You can call us any time of the day and night and we will do our best to see we provide you with the service that you deserve and require. The service that here at Ability we pride ourselves on to give the best service an excellent recommended plumber can provide.

Plumber Local-Summer so cool

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Today we look at the plumber local Tom and his diary. It is hot again out there with the weather and temperature set to reach 30 degrees Celsius and the phones been hot again here at Ability.
Our plumber local Tom has his first call near our head office in Southborough. This is a boiler service and should take him up to an hour to do, providing all is working ok.

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Then he is off to RH10 which is near our East Grinstead branch and so if Tom requires any information one of our secretaries will be on hand with the customer’s information. That’s most of his morning taken up however Tom is a very efficient engineer and usually covers three calls in a morning.
The next call is a CP12 Landlords gas safety certificate and boiler service in RH7 which is not far from his previous call. This is between Lingfield and Blackham and is all on his way back to Tunbridge Wells. Great route as after this Tom has a call in Southborough, Tunbridge Wells again of which is also a CP12 gas safety certificate and gas boiler service.

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This is common for us as we offer a discount to our customers when having both a gas inspection and certificate combined with a gas boiler service.
Finally, Tom has a call in TN13 Sevenoaks which is a boiler repair and this is a regular customer of our and a Potterton Suprima that we have looked after for some years now. So our plumber local Tom has a good route and a nice busy day.

We have another plumber local and several engineers on call so, please do not hesitate to call us on 01892514495. We cover all aspects of plumbing and heating, gas and electrical works for your home, office or shop. With over 35 years experience in the South East of England, our team is on hand in your area.