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What does a boiler service involve & do I need one?

boiler servicing by gas engineer

It is not a legal requirement for homeowners who do not rent out their property to have an annual boiler service. However, they have a duty of care to ensure their gas appliances are safe, and not liable to cause harm to themselves or others.

So, having your gas boiler service carried out annually is a sensible precaution.

There are several key checks an engineer will make when inspecting and servicing your boiler.

They’ll check:

  • For any signs of corrosion or leaking around the inside and outside of your boiler
  • All controls are working safely and effectively
  • Whether the gas pressure is too high or low
  • All internal parts are clean and safe
  • For any toxic emissions (such as carbon monoxide) being released into your home
  • If removing the cover isn’t possible, the engineer will conduct a Flue Gas Analysis test to check how much carbon monoxide is being pumped out of the device.
  • If you have a condensing boiler, the engineer will remove and clean the condense trap

Why You Should Have Your Boiler Service Done Annually?

Safety- The primary reason for having your boiler service is to ensure that it is running safely. That there are no potentially harmful leaks of combustible products that may damage the health of your household.

Identification of potential faults- The annual boiler service should identify any potential areas that may need repair, in your boiler system. If you have your boiler service appointment in the warmer months, any necessary remedial action can be taken before your boiler is in constant use during the winter, causing less disruption to the household.

Efficiency- The boiler service will check that your boiler is working efficiently and according to manufacturers’ standards. Working optimally, the boiler will be more energy-efficient and is likely to have a longer lifespan.

Potentially lower fuel bills – Running an energy-efficient boiler should mean that fuel is used economically, giving the possibility of lower fuel bills.

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