What you should know about boiler servicing
If you own a boiler, it's important to get it serviced at least once a year. You can feel safe knowing that your heating system is working efficiently and safely at all times with this service. Not only does a boiler service ensure that your system is in good working order, but it also ensures that you stay safe.
Boiler servicing can be particularly helpful if you have a gas boiler. The gas boiler is the most common type of boiler in the UK. It is also one of the best.
How does a gas boiler work?
A gas boiler efficiently heats up water with its burners, and then sends it to different heating points in your house with a system of pipes. When you have a service carried out on your gas boiler, an engineer will check all the components, including the burners and pipes.
They'll ensure that everything is working correctly before signing the boiler off as safe to use. After all, if it's not in proper working order then safety could be an issue.
How often does a boiler need servicing?
Your boiler should be serviced once a year. This service will cost between £100 and £150, but if you don't have it carried out then there could be risks to you and your family's safety.
A regular professional service will also help to increase the efficiency of your boiler, which means lower bills for you.
There's no hard and fast rule for how often a boiler should be serviced, but the general consensus is that it might be wise to get your boiler serviced once every two years. For rented property, a service each year should be okay.
What happens during a boiler service?
During a regular service, Gas Safe registered engineers will:
What if I don't get my boiler serviced?
If you don't have your boiler serviced regularly then it might work less efficiently, which could lead to higher energy costs.
Why should I get my boiler serviced?
When you service your boiler you're helping the environment as well as saving money and time. Service engineers make sure that your appliances are working at peak efficiency, which means they'll be using less gas and therefore emitting less CO2.
How do I know if my boiler needs a service?
If your boiler is making funny noises, you notice a decrease in heating, your fuel bills are higher than normal or when it's not turning on when you expect it to then the chances are that something isn't right.
What kind of things can go wrong?
There are lots of components within a boiler so there are lots of different problems that can occur. The common problems include: valves and seals wearing out, carbon monoxide leaks, rust in the boiler tube and tanks and pumps failing.
Who should perform a boiler service?
The manufacturer or installer of your appliance will normally be able to recommend qualified professional engineers. That way you'll have peace of mind knowing that you have engineers that have been trained to the right standard.
How often does a boiler need servicing?
For a combination boiler, this will be every 12 months and for a combi-only boiler, it will be every six months. The exact time period will depend on the make and model of your appliance, you should refer to your instruction manual or contact the manufacturer if you are unsure.
It also depends on the age of your appliance and the amount of use it sees – but generally speaking, if you're using your boiler three times a week throughout the winter, it's a good idea to have it serviced once a year.
How much would a boiler service cost?
Expect to pay between £80 and £120 for the service, depending on where you live. This may vary for many reasons. This covers a boiler check and a gas appliance safety inspection
How long does a boiler service take?
The length of time will vary depending on the make and model of your boiler but expect it to take around two hours. The engineer will generally spend half an hour testing and half an hour cleaning.
What is the difference between a boiler service and a boiler repair?
The two terms don't mean the same thing, but boilers that require servicing will often suffer from the same types of problems as those that need repairs – such as leaks or breakdowns. That's why it's important to book a boiler service check from time to time – every year or two, depending on how much you use it.