It’s very important to keep your gas boiler running effectively and efficiently in order to keep your home warm. This can easily be achieved with a regular boiler service by a licensed, registered boiler engineer. The question now is how much will a boiler service cost you? Where can you get boiler cover? And what to look out for when an engineer is servicing your boiler.
Getting your boiler regularly serviced will let you know of any possible fault your boiler may have before it gets to the point of a breakdown. This helps you save money in repairs and, more importantly, save you from any health risks that could arise from a gas leak in a faulty boiler. According to government statistics, each year in the UK, around 4,000 people go to A&E with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to leaking boilers, 200 people are hospitalised and on average, 50 adults and children die. This stresses the importance of making sure A Gas Safe qualified boiler engineer checks for and fix any leaks or weak points during a service.
A qualified Gas Safe registered engineer must, by law, check gas appliances and flues annually to ensure everything is safe and sound in a landlord’s property before a tenant moves in. The required checks include boilers, but they also cover other gas appliances such as stoves and fireplaces. If you’re a tenant it’s worth noting that landlords are not responsible for safety checks on gas appliances owned by you, or any flues that solely connect to your own gas appliances.
It could be easy to put off getting your boiler serviced in the hope of saving yourself a bit of money, but in the long run, a boiler service will help keep your energy bills down and also spot a potential fault before it happens, saving you from a boiler breakdown and a hefty repair bill.
it’s important to ensure that the engineer is qualified to carry out the work. If you have a gas boiler then the engineer must by authorised and regulated by the Gas Safe register. Here you can have some peace of mind knowing that all engineers employed by Home Response 360 are Gas Safety Registered.
Here are some of the practices your engineer may carry out during their visit:
- Visual inspection – your engineer will check that the boiler still meets current standards and requirements and look for any corrosion or leaks. They will also visually check the flame in your boiler.
- Removal of the boiler casing – they will then check the components to ensure everything is working correctly and then clean the inside of the boiler. These checks should include the heat exchanger, burner, main injector and spark probe.
- Flue check – the engineer will ensure there are no obstructions in the flue terminals and that the flue is safely fitted.
- Gas pressure check – this will ensure your boiler is working at the correct pressure.
- Boiler fired up – this allows the engineer to check for any working faults.
A boiler service should last at least 30 minutes, but the time will vary depending on the brand and model. Afterwards, the engineer will likely give you a service report, explaining what they’ve done.
The cost of a boiler service can vary anywhere between £50 to £160 depending on the type of boiler unit you own, mixed with the area which you live, your boiler service could dramatically increase. With Home Response 360, your boiler service cost is at a fixed price, provided the area you live has an engineer available. This means if we can cover you, you don’t need to worry about any extra payments.
You could potentially save money by getting your boiler serviced during the summer when engineers aren’t as busy. This will also give you the peace of mind that your boiler is ready to heat your home and provide hot water when the cold winter comes around.
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