A long day Today and the old Potterton Suprima has been replaced

A long day consisted of a replacement Potterton Suprima in Langton a boiler service in East Grinstead a gas fire repair in Tonbridge and two site surveys, one in Reigate and one in Speldhurst. A combination boiler replacing a regular central heating Potterton Suprima and a Gazco gas fire.

We at Ability have a vast knowledge of how boilers have evolved over the years and today we replaced a Potterton Suprima Standard efficiency boiler with a new Modern Worcester Bosch 30i combination condensing boiler. The Potterton range has been dominant in the market over the years, however, isn’t as popular today as it was 20 years ago. A brief history below of the Manufacturers boilers.

A history of Potterton and the Potterton Suprima

Potterton has a long, prestigious history in the heating industry.


Thomas Potterton founded the company as a firm of general contractors in Balham, London.


Potterton completed the first gas boiler installation with the Victor boiler.


The company astounded the heating trade with the first ever multiple installations of gas boilers when 16 Victor boilers were installed in 4 vertical banks at Eugene Sandow’s cultural institution.

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potterton Suprima, boiler, gas, heating, standard efficiencies 

1920 – 1930

Potterton led the way in developing the gas boiler market with boilers appearing in a number of distinguished places at the time, including 10 and 11 Downing Street and the Leicester Square Odeon.


Potterton launched the extremely successful series of Diplomat gas-fired boilers, which were among the first of the modern generation of boilers.


Potterton achieved a notable milestone in its history with the production of its millionth boiler.


Potterton introduced the revolutionary Netaheat wall-hung boiler, which won the first-ever award of excellence given by the Institute of Domestic Heat Engineers.


Potterton produced its two millionth boiler.


Potterton produced its three millionth boiler.


Netaheat was replaced by the more compact Profile.


Potterton produced its four millionth boiler.


Potterton Promax range of high efficiency condensing boilers was launched

2007 – 2010

Potterton was awarded a Best Buy by Which? magazine for the Potterton Gold Combi 24 HE for four years running.

Today, more than seven million Potterton boilers have been manufactured in the UK and we are still helping to keep homes warm and comfortable. You can depend on Potterton.


Luxury Bathroom Installation and Radiators Rule

Luxury Bathroom Installation

This week we are completing another luxury bathroom installation and today the work includes a drain down to fit a contemporary heated towel rail with new valves in Kent.  Designer bathroom radiators are really on trend and very popular with our customers at Ability.  They can provide an amazing finishing touch to a bathroom or shower room and can be curved or flat and hung vertically or horizontally.  Give us a call soon and we can quote to supply and fit a new radiator which could transform your existing bathroom as a cost-effective solution for a quick make-over.luxury bathroom-bathroom installation

Our Bathroom Division is busy all year round however we always have time to quote at Ability. So if you would like a new Luxury Bathroom Installation please contact us to arrange one of our expert surveyors to come and carry out an assessment of your requirements.

Bathroom Installation

Bathrooms require a special eye and detailed finish of which our plumbers Steve and Max are well trained and have good experience in. We are completing a bathroom this week in Sevenoaks and we have a new Luxury Bathroom installation starting in Tonbridge the following week.

Our experienced and attentive plumbers specialise in a wide range of bathroom and shower room repairs. We can repair and install baths, sinks, showers, basins, toilets and many more. Please do not hesitate to call and arrange a visit. Our Luxury Bathroom installation design team and installers can work out your most practical and viable solution for your home. So please give Ability a call for a free no obligation Quotation.

luxury bathroom-bathroom installationOur reputation is built on truly listening to our customers. We pride ourselves on finding and supplying the perfect suite and tiles for each individual taste.

We also have highly qualified electricians that can safely adjust any electrical supply needed.

Our quality promise

All Ability plumbers are highly qualified and insured. We take pride in our work and ensure that our customers are completely satisfied with the works carried out. We cover all of the South East so call for your luxury bathroom installation today.

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A Warm fire on a Warm day- Gazco Gas Fire-a Specialty of Ours

A Warm fire on a Warm day- Gazco Gas Fire-a Specialty of Ours

We have just repaired a Gazco gas fire in East Grinstead on behalf of the manufacturer as third-party engineers for them. A new spark lead, generator and micro-switch have to lead to a gas safe working appliance. Please do not hesitate to call us if your Gazco fire requires attention.

The Stovax Group has been dedicated to the development and manufacture of high-quality stoves, fires and fireplaces for over 30 years. Today, the Stovax Group is one of UK’s leading stove and fireplace manufacturers and exports to over 50 countries worldwide. The Gazco gas fire is a favourite in the UK.


Based in Exeter, England, Stovax Ltd was established in 1981 to design, manufacture and distribute wood burning stoves and fireside accessories. By 1988, a decision was made to diversify into the manufacture of gas-fired versions of Stovax stoves and a separate company, Gazco Ltd was formed to develop and produce them. Today, as sister companies, Stovax and Gazco continue to work very closely together. Each company has developed continuously its product range such that the combined businesses have grown to become one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of stoves, fireplaces and fires, with exports to countries worldwide.

Gazco Gas Fire


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a fireslide Gazco Logic gas fire

In 2006, Stovax Ltd purchased Yeoman, a long established manufacturer of wood-burning stoves which specialised in more rustic, rural styling. The company continues to produce a distinctive and separate range of wood burning, multi-fuel, gas and electric stoves and fires under the Yeoman brand. 

Stovax is also the UK and Republic of Ireland distributor for some additional fireplaces and stove brands including Dovre, Lotus, Nordpeis & Varde.

You can find your nearest retailer in the UK and the Republic of Ireland by using the Find a Retailer option on this website.

For information on distributors in other countries, please contact exportsales@stovax.com.

The Future

With the depletion of fossil fuels and unprecedented increases in their costs, wood is already being accepted as an economic, renewable and carbon-neutral energy source. Stovax high-efficiency stoves and fires will continue to help provide ‘green’ heating for the 21st Century, while the company commits itself to research the alternative technologies that will provide heating in the years ahead. Gazco is making continuing advancements in the development of high-efficiency gas fire technology and highly realistic flame-effect electric fires, helping to keep Gazco at the forefront of the market.

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Boiler Servicing-The Lads are on the Road…

Terry is servicing boilers in West Sussex and Surrey. Max is fitting new Bathroom Taps today for Mrs Green. We have just completed the installation of a new LPG Worcester Bosch Boiler there. Tom is servicing boilers in East Grinstead first then will be heading over to Tonbridge for a Gas Fire Service.

Servicing Boilers

We have been servicing boilers in and around the South East of England now for over 35 years. Our knowledge of boilers is good, from an old Potterton Kingfisher to a new Worcester Bosch Greenstar. With several engineers working at Ability we share our knowledge and experience with each other. So that when working out in the field we have as much knowledge possible to help you the customer quickly and competitively.

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Worcester Bosch Boiler while Servicing in a domestic home

Boiler servicing checklist

Annual boiler servicing is an important part of servicing boilers and heating system maintenance. It’s more than just a safety check – boiler servicing will check the condition and performance of your appliance to ensure it’s operating at peak performance, as well as making sure any seals, gaskets or the heat exchanger aren’t showing any signs of wear and tear. Your Ability engineer will also check that other parts of your heating system – such as your flue – is operating correctly and safely. We will ensure that your safety is our priority.

It is also a condition of the boiler warranty, so you will need to make sure your boiler is serviced annually to make sure your warranty is valid.

Ability Plumbing and Heating Engineers have been servicing boilers regularly and are manufacturer trained and are Gas Safe registered. This means that we are competent to carry out the work on your appliance. You can check our Gas Safe ID on arrival, check them on the Gas Safe register website. We have other information available to you if you would like to give our office a call and we will happily arrange for an beginner to visit and discuss your situation.

Another successful day in the Plumbing Field and Gas Industry

Our Plumbing Field

In Sevenoaks this morning at Ability, a boiler needed attention, we are in the gas industry and our plumbing field-a Boiler Service Was carried out on this LPG Central Heating System. We Have Looked after this customers Gas Supply and Plumbing for over 10 years and this Potterton Boiler is still going after 23 years.

Plumbers in the Gas Industry

Plumbers work within residential, commercial or industrial properties to install and maintain water systems, including disposal, drainage and gas systems. In new construction, they work with blueprints to configure and install the plumbing systems. For maintenance and repair jobs, plumbers sometimes need to perform minor carpentry, such as cutting holes in walls to access pipes or hanging supports to hold pipes in place. They also install fixtures, such as shower-heads, sinks and bathtubs, and appliances that use water, such as dishwashers and water heaters.

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LPG Potterton Profile standard Efficiency boiler.



Pipe-fitters generally work in power and industrial plants, within the plumbing field or gas industry, where they install and maintain the pipe systems used for industrial purposes, such as manufacturing, power generation or large-scale heating and cooling systems. They work with both high-pressure and low-pressure systems. Pipe-fitters also install the automated controls that are used to regulate industrial systems, and they generally specialize in one specific type of system. so look for the gas industry and you will find your engineer in the plumbing field.

Plumbing Meaning

the system of pipes, tanks, fittings, and other apparatus required for the water supply, heating, and sanitation in a building.
“you may be able to get a grant to install proper plumbing and bathrooms”
  • the work of installing and maintaining a plumbing system.
    “the magazine gives a guide to the tools needed for home plumbing
  • informal
    used as a humorous euphemism for the excretory, urinary, or reproductive systems.
    “Maybe I should talk to my doctor about my plumbing.






Saturday Sunshine and Maintenance on Boilers Old and New

Boiler Maintenance

Today’s maintenance consisted of 5 home visits for 3 regular customers and 2 new also we are carrying out boiler maintenance and boiler pressure on all boilers old and new, a vast spectrum of performance and capability’s in operation and efficiency. Tom our senior engineer has finished for the day and Daniel is now on call. So we are always available and on hand to help you with your plumbing needs.

Boiler Pressure

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Flushing and cleaning on all boilers and systems

If you are unfortunate enough to end up with frozen pipes your heating will come to a standstill, but luckily it’s a problem that’s easily fixed.

The best thing to do is to place a hot water bottle on the pipe, or pour warm water on it and then reset your thermostat.

Alternatively, you can boil a kettle and pour the boiling water over your pipes. You may need to do this a few times to properly thaw them though. This might take a while, but it will help keep your boiler service and maintenance cost low.

The most obvious sign of a dodgy boiler is quite simply when it’s not heating up water anymore. There’s no surer sign of a boiler not working than the heating not coming on, but the trouble may well start long before that, so it pays to know what to look out for.

Our Maintenance

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Maintenance repairs on boilers old and new

One of the clearest signs to look out for is whether your boiler flame is clear blue. An orange or yellow gas flame is a great indicator of a problem and means it’s time to call your boiler engineer and we can carry our annual maintenance.

Boiler pressure is another clear indicator. If your boiler pressure is suddenly dropping or rising, or if the pressure remains too high for prolonged periods of time, it may be time to consider boiler servicing.

It’s also a bad sign if you hear clunking or ticking noises, particularly when your boiler starts up. Similarly, if your boiler is using significantly more gas than usual there may be a serious problem that should be investigated as soon as possible.


See one of our boiler services here.


A little on our gas fitters

Today we have a little information on our gas fitters, the evolution of the combi boiler, British manufacturers and mains water supply.

So as this week pulls to a close some are preparing their day off tomorrow or their night out Saturday. At Ability, we set the weekend rota between the Office, phones and Engineers on call. That’s how it is here at Ability, and this is how we continue to grow, with hard work and continuous long hours at times. Our gas fitters are always on call. mains water supply-british manufacturers-gas fitters

We are looking to provide you with an insight into the industry week by week and day by day if we can. So our regular Bolg posts and news feed updates are how we hope to keep up a good connection with our customers and build a relationship based on the truth about us and how we work, to improve our service to you the customer. So please call our gas fitters today.

Today we are going to talk about the Combination Boiler. A concept of the boiler that was not thought to take off in the industry, it was a revolution of its day and today dominates over 60% of the UK boiler market. This has seen us utilise our mains water supply.

The Combination Boiler-British Manufacturers

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A combi boiler is both a high-efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler, combined (hence the name) within one compact unit. Therefore, no separate hot water cylinder is required, offering space saving within the property.

A brief history of its arrival and The mains water supply

British manufacturers were aware of what was happening in Europe and in the 1970’s a number of them had a stab at the combination boiler, but it was not until the late 1970’s when the imports started to arrive that the British manufacturers really started to take notice. We realised the benefits of using our mains water supply.

Even though the imports had started to arrive, it was only a trickle at this stage, and one of the main problems was that a mains water connection to a central heating system was simply not permitted and the use of makeup bottles and the like were seen as a poor alternative. A change in water regulations in the 80’s to allow a temporary mains ‘filling loop connection’ to be made to the mains water supply was precisely what the combination boiler market had been waiting for.