Why do I need to service my boiler?
Not only will a boiler service ensure it’s running safely for the year ahead, but it will also ensure the system is running at its most efficient. Annual maintenance minimises the risk of breakdowns and helps lengthen the life of your boiler and heating system components too. Don’t forget that not servicing your heating appliances could have negative implications on your home insurance, it may even (potentially) put you (and your family) at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Servicing your boiler keeps you safe and healthy.
Carbon Monoxide is a danger to anyone with a fossil fuel burning appliances in their home or business. Carbon Monoxide is toxic gas that is odourless, colourless and tasteless, meaning that people won’t even know they are being exposed to it. Regularly servicing your boiler and installing Carbon Monoxide alarms will ensure the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is at a minimum. Properties with air conditioning or heat pumps should also have an annual safety check because although they don’t burn any fossil fuels, these appliances also contain hazardous, harmful gasses.
When is the best time to get my appliance serviced?
Spring and summer are the best times to book your service in. Not only will you be making sure you’re set for winter when you’ll need your boiler the most, but also engineers tend to be less busy during these months. You’re heating system has worked hard over the winter, so now is the perfect time to give it a service and identify any faults.
Who can service my appliance?
Most properties in the UK will have natural gas, any engineers working on gas boilers should be Gas Safe registered. Below is some information on other heating system types and who can service them.
- Oil appliances - OFTEC Registered Engineer,
- Solid Fuel Appliances - HETAS Registered Engineer
- Air Conditioning - REFCOM Registered Engineer.
As a landlord what do I need to do?
If you’re a landlord, it’s a legal requirement to have an annual gas safety inspection. You must use a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer by law to check all gas appliances and flues to ensure everything is safe operating safely.
So, what’s involved in a boiler service?
Your boiler and controls will have a visual inspection to make sure they’re working properly. They’ll then check for corrosion and leaks, ensuring the gas pressure is correct and test the flue to make sure it’s not emitting any unsafe fumes. The whole process should take around an hour. When it’s done, your engineer should leave you with a boiler checklist of information. Make sure you keep it safe for afterwards as your home insurance provider may ask for it along with your boiler manufacturer if your boiler becomes faulty during its warranty period.