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Is a boiler service worth it?
Getting a boiler service might seem like another needless home expense, especially when you consider it to be working perfectly. However, scheduling a service for your boiler is a straightforward exercise that could potentially save you a lot of hassle in the future. Plus, the cost of a boiler service is far cheaper than funding replacement parts later down the line.
With a one-off payment, you can service your boiler to help maintain its quality. This quick and easy process will make your home more energy efficient, allowing you to save money on your energy bills. As a boiler service engineer will be able to find any underlying problems before they become too serious, you will avoid having to pay repair fees or even the steep cost of a new boiler.
Money aside, there is also the consideration of how a faulty boiler could be detrimental to the health and safety of you and your family. If gas appliances are not installed or maintained properly, they can cause serious harm and even death from carbon monoxide poisoning. That’s why something as simple as a boiler service is so important for the prosperity of your home.
What does a boiler service include?
A boiler service will vary, depending on the engineer. However, it is guaranteed that the service will begin with a visual inspection. This is to see if your boiler has any clear problems, which could be indicated by water leaks, overheating or damage to the electrics.
The engineer will remove the casing, then clean and inspect the components of the boiler to ensure they are working efficiently. Another key stage of the boiler service is the flue and combustion check. This is where the engineer will confirm that the flue has been installed properly and that there is nothing blocking it. A combustion analysis will also ensure that your boiler has the right mixture of gas and air.
The engineer will then make a judgement on a series of extensive checks. These assessments will be made on your boiler’s various pressure rates, ventilation, thermostat, heating controls, seals and its overall operation.
Once these tests have been completed, the engineer will inform you of your boiler’s condition and if any immediate action needs to be taken. You will also be provided with a record for future inspections.
How often should I get my boiler serviced?
Even if you have not experienced any problems with your boiler, you should still have it serviced every year. While this might seem unnecessary if your heating system is working perfectly, there could be underlying issues that you are not aware of that will hinder the efficiency of your boiler in the future.
How long should a boiler service take?
The time your service takes will depend on several elements, including the brand, age and model of your boiler. The average timeframe for a boiler service is one hour. Although, the process will take longer if you have not had it serviced for some time, especially if there are any notable repairs that need to be made.
How much should a boiler service cost?
Of course, the price will vary depending on the type of boiler you have. However, you can expect to pay around £80 for a yearly boiler service. This annual payment will keep your boiler running efficiently for longer, allowing you to avoid being caught out by hefty fees in the long run, and most importantly it will keep you safe.
Homeowners are still able to get a FREE boiler grant or insulation grant via the ECO scheme, which is still available to households that qualify. Warma UK are currently working throughout the UK helping privately owned and rented homes to improve home energy efficiency and save money on rising energy bills.
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