A yearly boiler service should always be on your to-do list, even if everything seems to be running smoothly. Not factoring in this essential task could lead to faults developing and these could not only be inconvenient but expensive. Also with soaring energy bills, you really do need to ensure that your boiler is working as efficiently as possible. In short, a yearly boiler service can save you money.
What does a boiler service involve?
Basically, a heating engineer will look over your boiler and ensure that it is running as well as possible.
First thing you must do is confirm that they are qualified to do the work as a Gas Safe Registered engineer is the only person qualified to service a gas boiler, while an oil boiler must be serviced by an OFTEC registered engineer.
A yearly boiler service will include a visual inspection followed by an internal investigation of the heat exchanger, main injector, burner and spark probe. The engineer will check the flue to verify that exhaust gasses from the boiler are being directed outside the property and will do a gas pressure check, finally firing up the boiler to ensure that everything is working properly. Once all the checks have been made you will receive a certificate, which is proof that the gas boiler service has been carried out and the boiler is safe to operate.
Don’t ever think that this is a job you can do yourself as any attempt to do this would be extremely dangerous.
What are the benefits of an annual boiler service?
To ensure your boiler doesn’t break down
The inspection will detect faults before they develop into something more serious.
You’ll get peace of mind
An inspection ensures you don’t have to worry about the boiler going wrong.
You won’t be breaking the law!
If you are a landlord, you are legally required to have the boiler and flue system of your rented properties serviced annually.
Makes sure that you and those living or using the property are kept safe.
Faulty boilers can result in carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards
Helps the boiler to work as efficiently as possible
Blockages and low pressure can mean radiators don’t heat up rooms properly.
Can save on your energy bills
A boiler that works efficiently will ultimately cost less to run.