No matter what type you have we are able to help you. Here is a little info to help you find out what type of setup you have or may need.
These are copper tanks that use the gravity of the cold water from a header tank, which is usually in the loft, to push the hot water around the property. They are simple and so installation and maintenance is cheap compared to the unvented system. This makes them the most popular type in the UK.
Apart from being cheaper, one of the good things about a vented system is that if the water supply is cut off you still have access to a limited amount of hot water. A few downsides though: the water can become contaminated if the lid on the header tank is disturbed and during very cold winter months it can freeze.
Also the hot water pressure on the first floor won’t be as good as on the ground floor as it depends on how high the water tank is compared to the tap/shower you are using. You can increase water pressure for a shower by having a pump installed.
These cylinders are fed directly from the cold water mains and so have a much better hot water pressure throughout the whole property. This also means you can put it anywhere in the property as it is not relying on gravity to move the water around. This setup is sealed so there is no risk of contamination but if the water is cut off you will be unable to access the hot water.
The tank operates at a higher pressure than a vented one and so needs an additional mechanism that allows for the expansion of the water as the temperature increases. Due to these additional safety features an unvented tank needs to be installed by a boiler specialist and are much more expensive to fit.
Are where the water is heated within the tank, usually by an element such as an immersion heater. These are usually installed when the property doesn’t have access to gas but sometimes can be used as a backup to an indirect setup.
The water is heated by external means, usually a boiler or solar thermal unit. This is then pumped through a copper coil that runs through the tank. The warmth is then transferred from the water in the coil to the water in the tank. These can be vented or unvented. Indirect systems and are often fitted with an immersion heater as a backup in case the boiler breaks.
So whatever your circumstances or choice, we at Plumber Gloucester can help you with all your tank/cylinder needs. Give us a ring or fill in the form. We will be happy to give you a free quotation.