Boilers should be checked annually to ensure they are working efficently and safely, only a Gas Safe registered engineer can conduct this work. Neglecting to service your boiler on a regualr basis can result it running ineffeciently (especially older boilers), which will increase your utility bills. Un-maintianed boilers can release carbon monoxide, an odourless gas that kills a significant number of people each year, but most commonly the simply stop working. If you don’t service your boiler you risk it breaking down when you need it most.
A routine service is generally a lot cheaper than an emergency call out. A routine service will generally cost between £70 – £100, depending on your location and the type of boiler.
Here are some essentials that should be included as part of your boiler service:
- A visual check to make sure the boiler still meets current requirements
- The boiler should be fired up to identify any working faults
- Main boiler component check which involves removing the casing and checking the burner, heat exchanger, main injector and the spark or sensor probe
- Flue check to make sure there are no obstructions in the flue terminals and all the flue components are sealed correctly
- Check that the burner is burning efficiently by using a gas flue analyser
- All parts cleaned
- A gas tightness test to make sure there are no leaks
- The boiler casing should be replaced and sealed properly after the inspection
- A service report which is signed by yourself and the boiler service specialist and which outlines all the checks that have been carried out
Finally make sure that the tradesman goes through all aspects of the service report with you before he or she leaves.
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