Why have an annual boiler service
Updated: Jul 1, 2018
Unlike homeowners, landlords and local authorities providing accommodation are legally obliged to have their boilers serviced annually. When it comes to the boiler in your own property it is your responsibility to ensure it is successfully maintained and receives the care it deserves. Many homeowners however do not service their boilers annually, however the benefits of doing so far outweigh the drawbacks.
Take a look below to find out more information on what is involved during an annual service and why it is important to have your boiler serviced.
What is an Annual Boiler Service?
During your annual boiler service an engineer will go through a list of checks to ensure the safety and reliability of your boiler. In a nutshell this will include checking the safety of your boiler, its performance and replacing any worn or broken parts.
Top Reasons for Having an Annual Boiler Service
Keeping your Home Safe – Having your boiler serviced helps to highlight any potential dangers and risks associated to your boiler and flue. When your boiler stops working efficiently, it’s possible for toxic carbon monoxide gases to be released. These gases are extremely dangerous and pose serious risks to anyone exposed to them, yet are ordinarily hard to detect.
Spot Problems Early – During a service, potential problems are spotted early. Being able to spot problems early can help to minimise further damage to the boiler and save money on costly future repairs.
Reduce your Fuel Bills – During an annual boiler service, your boiler parts are cleaned and the boiler efficiency is checked. By ensuring your boiler is running at its optimum efficiency, you can save a considerable amount on your monthly heating bills.
Keeping your Warranty Valid – Many boiler warranties are valid subject to having an annual service carried out. For many boiler manufacturers, failing to service your boiler with a Gas Safe registered heating engineer can invalidate your warranty altogether, meaning you’re liable to foot costly repair bills completely on your own.
Cheaper than Replacing a Boiler – If your boiler is left faulty for long periods of time, much larger and more complicated issues can arise, perhaps even resulting in your boiler needing replacing. Recognising any problems early on can reduce the amount of permanent damage caused to your boiler and keep it running for longer.
Advice for Landlords – To ensure the safety of tenants, landlords are legally obliged to carry out an annual boiler service and produce a Gas Safety certificate for their tenants/letting agency. The Gas Safety certificate provides a log of checks conducted and any corrective measures undertaken. An annual boiler service ensures the health and wellbeing of your tenants can be maintained in relation to any gas appliances installed in the home.
Who Can Complete an Annual Boiler Service?
When it comes to getting your boiler serviced it is important to select a Gas Safe registered engineer to ensure the welfare of you and your family. A Gas safe registered engineer/plumber/heating engineer/boiler engineer will follow set checks to ensure the safety and efficiency of your boiler, so you can rest assured knowing your boiler is in safe hands.