Your boiler is an integral part of your home and property and it’s something that many people take for granted. After all, you have heating and hot water when you need it, so why should you worry about it? However, just like any other appliance, they can develop problems if they are not looked after and they can become unsafe. What this means is that you should consider regular servicing to ensure your boiler remains safe and to ensure it works correctly and efficiently. So, why should you get your boiler serviced?
Keep You Safe
Whether you are a landlord or you live with your family, regular boiler servicing is going to ensure that it continues to run safely. A boiler that has developed a fault can become incredibly dangerous and each year, around 250 hospitalisations occur because of carbon monoxide poisoning. As part of a boiler service, the Gas Safe registered engineer will ensure there are no leaks and that your boiler is completely safe.
They Identify Problem Before they Arise
Boiler problems are not uncommon but if you leave your boiler for many years without having it serviced then you could find yourself facing a hefty repair bill or even a new boiler. A boiler service will look for any problems and often, small problems will be identified. Without a service, a small problem can escalate and become an even bigger problem, costing you more money. An engineer will detect and fix small problems helping you to save money and hassle.
You Could Save Money
As mentioned, a boiler service is an inexpensive way of saving money. As you can avoid big problems it will mean that you don’t end up spending more money than you need to on expensive repairs. Furthermore, the range of checks that your engineer completes will also ensure that your boiler is working efficiently and that’s really important. If your boiler is working efficiently then you are going to save money on your bills as they will cost less money to run. The age of your boiler and the type of boiler will determine how efficient it can be.
It’s a Legal Requirement as a Landlord
As a landlord, it’s important that your property and your tenants are safe and so, you have to have your boiler serviced by law. You will need to use a Gas Safe registered engineer who can check your appliance and flues on an annual basis to ensure that everything is working correctly. While the service will check your boiler, it will also check all other gas appliances such as stoves and fireplaces. Furthermore, if you are a tenant then it is worth noting that landlords are not responsible for carrying out checks on gas appliances that are owned by you.
Peace of Mind
There is a lot to be said about having peace of mind knowing that your boiler is functioning safely and correctly. As your boiler can prove to be a dangerous appliance, it could cause harm or death if left for many years. However, by investing in boiler servicing, you will be able to have confidence in your boiler by knowing that it is working as it is intended to.
How Often Should Your Boiler be Serviced
Many different boilers that are currently available on the market will need to be serviced in order for the warrant to remain valid. Many boilers come with long warranties and losing that warrant because you haven’t had your boiler serviced could prove costly. However, it is generally recommended that you have your boiler serviced once a year but you can have it serviced as often as you wish.
Most people choose to have their boiler serviced during the summer as it is not used as frequently while it also ensures that it is ready for the colder winter months that lie ahead. Furthermore, engineers are generally less busy during the summer too. However, it is worth remembering that your boiler is an investment and something that you should take care of. It’s something that you need and rely on all year round and without it, you will soon realise just how much you rely on it.