Having a reliable boiler to provide heating and hot water is vital to every household. However, like many other things, it needs to be checked and tested every year to make sure all the components are working properly.
An annual boiler service can help prevent potential problems, unwanted disruption, and ensure your boiler and central heating is at working efficiency, whilst helping keeping energy bills to a minimum. If your boiler is still under warranty, having it regularly serviced will also keep that warranty valid. What to expect from your Annual Boiler Service:
On a modern gas boiler, it may not not be required to take the cover off the boiler if it passes a gas flue analysis check. This involves checking the flue gases are within manufacturer tolerances, the boiler is burning gas efficiently, and the appliance is in safe working order. If the tests failed the engineer would open the boiler to carry out diagnostic checks.
Your Annual Boiler Service does not include:
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If required, you can ask the attending service engineer to clean out your magnetic filter on a private basis.
Incorrect boiler installation and poor maintenance can produce carbon monoxide gas leaks. This dangerous substance is very harmful and sometimes fatal. According to NHS statistics, every year in the UK there are around 60 deaths from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales. The effects can also include other severe long term health risks such as brain damage. Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing and loss of consciousness. Because these signs are easily confused with common illnesses like flu and food poisoning, it can be difficult to detect.
Having your boiler regularly serviced will help to ensure that your safety is not compromised. Along with peace of mind over potential breakdowns, servicing provides you with a sense of security for health-related issues.
It is also highly recommended that you have an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted in your home as this harmful gas has no taste, smell or colour. These detectors can be purchased from DIY shops, hardware stores, supermarkets, or your energy supplier.
There’s a saying that prevention is better than cure, and this certainly rings true for boiler care. Having your boiler regularly serviced will help to ensure that any potential risks are addressed before they pose a bigger problem. Choosing to have your boiler regularly serviced is also a great way to save money in the long run, as having a boiler run at maximum efficiency would bring fuel costs down. Having an engineer come out to service the boiler also means they can spot any present problems before they get worse or require more expensive repairs.
Above all, a regular service provides you with peace of mind.For information about our boiler cover and annual servicing, click here.