We don’t want to think of cold winter nights and boiler breakdowns in the middle of summer, but for the savvy homeowner, now is the best time to book in your annual boiler service.
Regular maintenance is important for many reasons - not only will it ensure your boiler is running efficiently and safely for the year ahead, but it will also validate any manufacturer’s warrantees. Regular maintenance minimises the risk of breakdown and helps lengthen the lifespan of your boiler too.
So why do it now instead of when the weather turns? The CIPHE is on hand with its top tips why.
1) Beat the crowds
You can guarantee that come the first cold snap, boilers across the country will turn on instantaneously and all those with faults will breakdown at the same time. You could be in for a long wait for an installer to fit you in – especially if they have older or more vulnerable people and families on their books who may be a priority.
2) Better availability
Generally speaking, the summer is the quiet period for heating engineers. Yes, they may be working on installations and other jobs, but you’ll be avoiding their traditionally busy period and will have more chance of being fitted in at a mutually beneficial time.
3) Its cheaper than a breakdown
Servicing your boiler at a time convenient to yourself, is considerably cheaper and less hassle than paying for an emergency call-out and expensive repair.
4) Pick up on major faults before you have to turn the heating on full time
Carbon Monoxide is a real danger to anyone with a fuel-burning appliance in the home. This toxic gas is odourless, colourless, and tasteless, meaning that most don’t even know they are being poisoned. Regularly servicing your boiler ensures it is combusting fuel safely and efficiently, minimizing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
For the elderly, vulnerable or those with young children, ensuring you have a working boiler is a must for the months ahead. While to most of us, the boiler breaking down is an inconvenience, for some, a lack of heating and hot water can have severe health repercussions.
5) Regular customers are normally priorities
If you have your boiler regularly serviced and something does go wrong later in the year, not only is your installer familiar with your heating appliance, but you are also a regular customer too. Regular customers tend to have priority when it comes to emergency call outs – especially if it’s at unsociable hours.
Who can service my boiler?
Heating Engineers working on gas boilers should all be Gas Safe registered. For Oil fuelled appliances, turn to an OFTEC registered engineer and a HETAS registered engineer for bio and solid fuel. You can ensure your engineer also works to professional standards by employing CIPHE registered Heating Engineer. Use our find a plumber online service to find the best engineer for you.
And remember, it's not just homeowners who need to take note of boiler maintenance. Landlords are obliged to have a gas safety certificate by law and must ensure their boilers are running safely. An annual boiler service is essential and a relatively inexpensive piece of maintenance to undergo each year.