Your boiler plays a central role in your home, making sure that you continually have heating and hot water. For this reason, it’s important to look after your boiler properly with regular servicing. Only by doing this can you reduce the risk of your boiler shutting down, and subsequently, your daily routine is disturbed. So, what exactly is ‘boiler servicing,’ and how often is it required?
Why Boilers Need Regular Servicing
Boilers need regular servicing so that they remain safe, efficient, and under warranty. Here’s a little more about each of these areas.
Boilers are manufactured with great care so that they remain as safe as possible while operating in your home. However, that’s not to say that risk is eliminated.
If a boiler is serviced regularly, there’s little chance it’ll spring a gas leak. However, over time, boilers can suffer corrosion, electrical problems, or general wear, which can cause a leak. This presents a danger to an occupant, particularly in enclosed spaces. Furthermore, even the smallest of sparks can ignite a gas leak.
Carbon monoxide leakage can be another consequence of a poorly maintained boiler. It is an odorless and invisible gas that can result in long term health problems or even fatality. Again, the culprit is often not having a regular service, as blocked flues or poor ignition restrict airflow.
Something else that can happen when regular servicing hasn’t happened is a water leak. Although a cold water leak may seem relatively non-destructive, it can cause a slip hazard on tiled floors and is dangerous if near electrics. Worse still, if hot water is leaking from a boiler, this can cause burns.
Of course, the risk of these types of problems occurring can be vastly lowered through regular boiler servicing. The safe gas engineer will check for wear and tear, damaged components, and test gases as well. The result? Complete peace of mind and safety for you and your household.
It’s true to say that the new boilers are very efficient. However, for them to remain this way, they require servicing regularly. A boiler that is not operating at full efficiency will put money on your heating bills. Contrastingly, a boiler that has been appropriately serviced and is operating efficiently will save you money. This is because a boiler that is operating at maximum efficiency does not have to be operational for as long to maintain a set temperature. Aside from benefiting your wallet, regular servicing is also better for the environment because it produces a smaller carbon footprint and doesn’t have to work as hard to reach the desired temperature.
You’d be surprised to know that a new boiler comes with a warranty that’s longer than a mobile phone, car or a washing machine. Because new boilers largely come with a ten-year warranty, this means they’re the same with respect to construction work or double glazing!
What you need to remember is that your warranty only remains valid if you’ve had your appliance serviced regularly. So, if your boiler happens to break down four years after being installed, and hasn’t been serviced in this time, it’s warranty will be voided, and you’ll have to pay for the repairs or replacement yourself – which won’t be cheap!
Keep Safe and Within Your Warranty Period by Booking Your Service Today
Having an annual service is the only way to keep your boiler safe and efficient, no matter its age. Book your visit now with a local gas safe engineer and put the date in your diary. We also recommend calling your engineer a couple of weeks before they are due to confirm as unfortunately, engineers sometimes go out of business or retire.
Remember, you won’t be able to use your hot water while your boiler is being serviced. So, make sure to do any bathing or washing beforehand. You will, however, be able to use your cold water as normal.
Don’t have the details of your local installer? You could look for another reputable gas safe engineer in your area. In most cases, though, your previous engineer will be labeled on the front of your boiler or in your boiler log book or try The Yorkshire Boiler Company for installation, servicing, and repairs.