Five reasons to service your boiler this summer
OK, so the country has been enjoying heatwave, so you may scoff at the idea of servicing your boiler in 30 degree heat. But did you know that summer is the ideal time to get your boiler serviced?
Admittedly it is the last thing you want to think about while the sweat from the sun is dripping down your back, but you can guarantee that come the first cold snap there will be householders across the UK turning on their heating systems only to find they are not working. All this can be avoided with regular maintenance.
1) Servicing your boiler keeps you safe and healthy
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 .
And 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 and financial repercussions.
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.
2) Servicing helps to avoid boiler breakdowns
Once that first cold snap hits, so will the boiler breakdowns. Heating engineers across the country will be inundated with call outs and you are likely to have to wait much longer to get your central heating and hot water back up-and-running.
But if you service your boiler now, not only do you ensure it is working correctly (making it less likely to experience a break down once you turn the heating back on in the autumn), but you can also choose when to have it serviced on your own terms. No panic, no sitting in the cold, no having to wash in freezing water. No worry either about that unexpected bill or needing to raid the Christmas fund, which brings us nicely onto our next point…
3) Servicing your boiler saves you money
Maintaining an appliance will almost certainly save you money in the long run - the cost of regularly maintaining an appliance can be significantly less than the cost of repairing or replacing an appliance which is not serviced and breaks down. When it comes to household appliances, your boiler is one of the more expensive ones to replace and can cause the most upset to everyday life.
4) It can make your boiler last longer
Boilers are expensive to replace, so just like your car, you should look after it with an annual service. If you’ve read the above, it should be no surprise that boilers that are regularly serviced tend to outlive those that are not maintained.
New boiler? If you read the small print on your warranty, you’ll almost exclusively find that it is subject to regular maintenance, so it’s just as important to regularly service a new boiler as it is an old one.
And don’t forget…
Heating Engineers working on gas boilers should all be Gas Safe registered. For Oil fueled appliances turn to OFTEC registered engineer and a HETAS registered engineer for bio and solid fuel. You can ensure your engineer also works to the highest of standards by employing CIPHE registered Heating professional. Use our find a plumber online service to find the best one for you.
So don’t wait until the mercury drops – get on top of any boiler issues now, while you don’t need the heating and stay cozy and snug when the cold weather hits.