Jan 5, 2015

Do You Service Your Boiler Every Year?

Category: General
Posted by: kdeadmin

Most of us don't even think about our boilers until they go wrong, and then a sudden lack of heating or hot water sends us scrambling for the phone. Keeping your boiler serviced regularly, though, can not only help avoid expensive break downs but could also save you money on heating bills as well as keeping you and your family safer. Here's why:

Boiler Service
  1. Pick up problems. A certified heating engineer will spot potential problems such as worn and stressed components during an annual service and replace them before they fail. This minimises the risk of breakdowns, which always seem to happen on the coldest days and at the most inconvenient times. An engineer can also make sure your boiler is working as smoothly as possible, and advise you when it's time to replace it with a newer, more efficient model. This will help you keep your heating bills to a minimum.
  2. Keep safe. If they're not properly installed or maintained, gas boilers can leak carbon monoxide gas, known as the 'silent killer', putting your family or tenants at risk. Having your boiler checked regularly means you can be confident it's correctly fitted and ventilated for peace of mind.
  3. Insurance. Some insurance companies require proof of servicing as a condition of providing cover, so check your policy to see what your responsibilities are.

What to expect

When choosing an engineer, remember that by law anyone who installs, repairs or services gas boilers must be Gas Safe registered. If you've got an oil boiler, look for an OFTEC registered engineer.

When carrying out your service, your engineer should check to make sure the appliance still meets current standards. They should fire it up to check the working condition, then look at all the main components including flues and seals before carrying out any necessary cleaning or replacements. The boiler should be left in a clean and tidy condition, and your engineer should give you a report detailing everything they've done.

Here at KDE, we're Gas Safe and OFTEC registered, and we've a team of experienced engineers on hand to help with your boiler servicing and maintenance. We're proud of completing a clean, reliable, professional job, so if you'd like to get your boiler into shape for the cold weather, give us a call now on 01928 711444 for a chat about how we can help.