Why do I need to Service my Boiler?
Keeping a boiler in good working condition is probably more important than people realise and it doesn’t come as a shock to discover that most people completely forget to service their boiler. When trying to juggle a busy lifestyle it’s understandable that servicing a boiler gets pushed to the back of the queue on the list of things to do.
- Why should I service my boiler?
- How often do I need to service my boiler?
- What will happen if I don’t service my boiler?
- How much does it cost to service my boiler?
Today’s boilers are precision machinery and just as your car needs a yearly MOT your boiler should have an annual service. The main reason you should service your boiler is down to safety, a faulty boiler can leak CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer which according to government statistics kills around 50 people per year and hospitalises 200 people.
The second reason boiler servicing is essential is that you can reduce your energy bills and in turn save money. If an engineer can assure your boiler is working as efficiently as possible this will prevent you wasting your hard earned cash on excess energy.
Benefits of Servicing Your Boiler
Winters in the UK can fluctuate so it’s crucial to make sure your boiler is always in top working condition. Not only will a well-maintained boiler always be there to deliver the heat when you need it but it will also ensure you’re not tossing money to the wind for no reason. The experts at Ramsbottom Heating recommend maintenance for the following reasons:
Efficient maintenance reduces the need for repairs
Like any other type of high-tech machinery, a neglected boiler will be more prone to breaking down. Breakdowns of course mean expensive repairs that could have been avoided if the unit had been properly cared for in the first place. Maintenance checks will spot tiny issues before they morph into big problems thereby allowing you to keep more of your money in your wallet where it belongs.
Routine maintenance insures safe operation
Having your boiler inspected on a regular basis will help ensure that all the vital parts are in safe working order. Since boilers utilize combustible materials to generate heat and hot water it’s important that the flame safeguards, the safety release valve and other key components are working their best. If they’re not you may experience expensive accidents that could cost more than mere money.
A well-maintained boiler is more efficient
A dirty boiler is an inefficient boiler. An inefficient boiler is one that will require more fuel to do its job. More fuel equals bigger energy bills and, well, you see where this is going. By keeping your boiler clean and properly tuned it will make the most of the expensive fuel you feed it and keep energy bills as low as possible.
Good maintenance prolongs your boiler’s life
Just as with a car if you keep your boiler well maintained it will not only run more efficiently, it will last longer. Regular maintenance checks will prolong the life of your boiler as a well-trained technician can spot things others would miss like tiny cracks and leaks that could undermine the integrity of the unit. In the end you’ll save big by not having to replace the boiler.
Holding on to an old boiler is money down the drain
Even if you take good care of your boiler it will reach a point one day where it’s been left behind by technological advances. Holding on to it then simply becomes an exercise in throwing money down the drain. Sure a new boiler will not be cheap but you’ll recoup much of the expense in just a few years through energy savings. As a rule you’ll want to replace your boiler if:
- It’s more than 15 years old – As stated no matter how well-maintained your boiler is if it’s more than 15 years old it’s time to swap it out for a more efficient one.
- It’s breaking down regularly – If you’re calling the repairman more than once or twice a year at most, then it’s time to put your boiler out to pasture.
- Your energy bills are rising for no apparent reason – If your boiler is starting to gobble up energy at an alarming rate it’s time to give it the gold watch treatment and show it the door.
- It’s making loud unexplained noises – If this is the case have the repairman over for a look. What you’ll likely hear is that some elements of the HVAC system need to be replaced.
Whether you’re holding on to an old boiler or just not giving your current boiler the TLC it needs you’re throwing money away. It’s true that boiler maintenance isn’t done for free, but the amount of money you’ll save by not having to have your boiler constantly repaired or even prematurely replaced will more than offset the maintenance costs.
How Much Will it Cost to Service My Boiler?
Firstly you will need to find and choose a Gas Safe registered heating engineer to carry out the work. We would advise using this boiler servicing check list provided by Which.com to ensure you get the best boiler service.
According to Which.com it should cost between £53 – £72 to service a boiler in the UK and can take around 1-1.5 hours. Several factors can affect boiler servicing prices in the UK, most obvious one is house location with prices generally being higher in the South. Second is time of year, most people wait to service their boiler when they start to use it again in the winter so prices are usually cheaper in the Spring and Summer.