Experiencing a boiler breakdown is never a pleasant occasion, especially during winter! However, thankfully you can easily avoid problems with your central heating by scheduling an annual boiler service. But what exactly does this involve? We’ve put together a checklist of everything you may need to know ahead of your next boiler service appointment.
What is a boiler service?
Your annual boiler service is an opportunity to understand how well your boiler is performing. During your appointment, a Gas Safe registered engineer will carry out a full inspection of your boiler. They will test the pressure and ventilation, check that it meets current safety regulations and inform you of any issues.
Why is a boiler service important?
Gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning are all very real and potentially fatal risks that could affect your home.
With this in mind, the most important reason for a regular boiler service is your safety. The easiest way to prevent these risks is by booking your boiler service and regularly testing your carbon monoxide alarm.
In the long run, an annual service will increase the efficiency of your heating system and minimise the risk of future costly repairs. Most importantly, it means that your boiler is making the most of the expensive fuel it needs to run… meaning lower energy bills!
All in all, having your boiler serviced will ultimately save you money.
Sure the easy option could be to put off your boiler service in the hope of saving yourself some money. However, in the long run, a boiler service will help spot a potential fault before it happens. Saving you from a boiler breakdown and a hefty repair bill!
It’s important to realise that if you’re a landlord or considering renting your home, your property will need to undergo an annual gas safety check accredited by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
How much is a boiler service?
Because we know how important it is to understand what you’re paying for, we have made sure that our boiler service is fixed in price and completely transparent. For just £99, our service includes call-out, labour, VAT and any consumable costs.
How long should a boiler service take?
In order to complete your service safely and thoroughly, your engineer will aim to examine your boiler in 30-40 minutes. Although, this may depend on your boiler’s make, model, and overall health.
How often should a boiler service be done?
To prevent your boiler from falling outside of its warranty, most manufacturers recommend that a Gas Safe engineer service it every 12 months. This way, you can rest easy knowing that you and your wallet are protected against preventable breakdowns.
What happens during a boiler service?
- In case of any leaks, your engineer will visually inspect your boiler to ensure that it meets required safety standards.
- Afterwards, your engineer will check the boiler’s heat exchanger, burner, main injector and spark probe components.
- During your boiler service, your engineer will check the flue terminals for any potential blockages. They will then provide a thorough clean of your boiler.
- Next, your engineer will conduct a gas pressure check. Mostly this will make sure that your boiler is moving hot water around your home efficiently.
- Finally, your engineer will start the boiler and check for any working faults. They will then provide a detailed health report explaining what they found. If your boiler requires further work, your engineer should explain what parts they will require, ideally from the boiler manufacturer.
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