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, such as Cambridge boiler services should carry out the service. There are some very important reasons to have your boiler regularly serviced.
1. Repair costs
Neglecting your boiler service is a big mistake that may cost you much more in the long term. In the current economic climate, having your boiler serviced, although not expensive, is often overlooked. If the boiler is working fine, why have it serviced?
You could be making a big mistake if you do decide not to have your boiler serviced. 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.
2. 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 by a professional boiler engineer.
If you don’t have your combi-boiler serviced, a lot of the manufacturers won’t honour the warranty. So you’re running the risk of your boiler not being as efficient as it should be and you’re losing the value of your warranty. So if you want the full value of the warranty you have already paid for, you must make sure that your boiler is serviced annually by a boiler engineer who is Gas Safe registered.
3. Landlord’s responsibility
If you are a landlord – gas safety is a legal requirement. 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 (CP12) for all gas equipment in the accommodation that is rented out. Gas Safety Certificates can only be given by GAS SAFE registered engineers and are valid for 12 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 get a GAS SAFE registered engineer to carry out any necessary works. The engineer has the power to seal off any faulty equipment or request the gas company to cut supply to the property should it be deemed necessary.
4. 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, an 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 your property more quickly.”
5. 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 lead to death. In its early stages, it causes headaches and flu like symptoms, and with continued exposure it can cause death.
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.