Why should I get my boiler serviced?
Boiler servicing. It’s one of those things that’s easily overlooked and never really thought about. But it could be the key to picking up on issues before they become problems. Here we cover some of the main reasons why you should keep up with regular boiler checks.
Keep you and your family safe
Getting your boiler serviced regularly will ensure it’s running efficiently and also help to keep it running safely. A faulty boiler can be incredibly dangerous with 250 hospitalisations a year the result of non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning between 2001 and 2010 in England & Wales.
During a boiler service, a Gas Safe registered engineer will check for leaks and issues, giving you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your family.
Pick up on issues before they escalate
Small problems can become big ones if left unattended. By ensuring your boiler is running properly, you can save money on future repairs. Your engineer can detect and fix any minor problems to help avoid future malfunctions and costly repairs.
You could save money on your energy bills
Servicing is, of course, another home expense. But it could save you money too. During your service, your engineer will carry out a host of checks to make sure your boiler is working efficiently. This will, in turn, save you money over time, as a more efficient boiler costs less to run. How efficient your boiler can be depends on its age and the type you have.
If you’re a landlord, it’s a legal requirement
A qualified Gas Safe registered engineer must, by law, check gas appliances and flues annually to ensure everything is safe and sound. The required checks include boilers, but they also cover other gas appliances such as stoves and fireplaces. If you’re a tenant it’s worth noting that landlords are not responsible for safety checks on gas appliances owned by you, or any flues that solely connect to your own gas appliances
How often should a boiler be serviced?
With many boiler warranties and business insurance policies, you’re actually required to complete a regular service to ensure your boiler is safe. An annual boiler service will meet most insurance policy requirements, though you’ll need to check with your insurance provider to be sure.
Summer is the best time 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.
Whenever you choose to service your boiler, make sure to note the date and set a reminder to book the next one in, and always book a Gas Safe registered engineer.