Why Service Your Boiler?
As with all heating appliances, your boiler should be serviced on a regular basis to ensure that it is operating efficiently and safely. A qualified and experienced service engineer should carry out the service. There are some very important reasons to have your boiler regularly serviced.
Neglecting your boiler service may cost you much more in the long term. In the current economic climate, having your boiler serviced, although not expensive, is often overlooked. Having your boiler serviced on a regular basis can help avoid expensive boiler repair costs in the future. If you have ever had a major fault with a boiler, you can appreciate that repairs can be expensive and inconvenient, particularly if the fault occurs when the weather outside is cold! Boilers are subject to gradual wear and tear, that left unchecked will eventually cause major damage, which could mean a new boiler is the only solution.
Maintenance of manufacturers warranty
If you have purchased a combination boiler (combi-boiler) or any other type of boiler in the last couple of years, you may be assuming that your boiler is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. While this is the case when you buy a boiler, many manufacturers state that the warranty is only valid if you have your boiler serviced annually by a professional boiler engineer.
If you don’t have your combi-boiler serviced, a lot of the manufacturers won’t honour the warranty. You are running the risk of your boiler not being as efficient as it should be and you are losing the value of your warranty. Therefore, you must make sure that your boiler is serviced annually by a boiler engineer who is Gas Safe registered.
All landlords have a legal duty under the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 to maintain all appliances and flues that have been provided for their tenants and to have them checked once a year. The certification is a gas safety certificate for all gas equipment in the accommodation that is owned by the landlord. Gas Safety Certificates can only be given by Gas Safe registered engineers and are valid for twelve months. Before issuing a Gas Safety Certificate, the engineer will first check gas supply, gas appliances, gas flues and ventilation. If any problems are identified, the landlord must have them rectified by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Keeping energy bills low
Having your boiler serviced can also save you money in energy costs, as after a service, your boiler will be working to full capacity, meaning it is more energy efficient. During a boiler service, your boiler will be calibrated, checked for leaks and soot build-ups. The result of this is that your boiler will be at full capacity, so you will have reduced energy bills.
As your boiler is more efficient after a service, it means that it is also more environmentally friendly as less energy is wasted. If you are selling your home, a well maintained energy efficient combination boiler can be seen as a selling point. It might not impact directly on the value of your property but it could help you to sell more quickly.
Health and safety – carbon monoxide poisoning
In some cases, detecting boiler faults ‘too late’ could be fatal, because even modern combination boilers(combi-boilers) can develop carbon monoxide leaks. Known as the ‘silent killer’, carbon monoxide (CO) is odourless and so is difficult to detect, but can cause serious illness and could lead to death. In its early stages, it causes headaches and flu like symptoms, and with continued exposure it can become fatal.
The National Health Service (NHS) and many other organisations recommend that you have your boiler, central heating system and gas appliances checked annually by a professional boiler engineer. As part of your service, the engineer will make sure your boiler does not have carbon monoxide leaks and is safe. If you are a landlord, you have a legal obligation to provide these checks to ensure the safety of your tenants.