During a service, your Gas Safe registered engineer will carry out a host of checks to make sure your boiler is working efficiently. This will, in turn, save you money over time, as a more efficient boiler costs less to run. How efficient your boiler can be depends on its age and the type you have. Regular servicing is also likely to be much more cost-effective than an emergency repair or replacement.
Getting your boiler serviced regularly will ensure it’s running efficiently and also help to keep it running safely. During a boiler service, a Gas Safe registered engineer will check for leaks and issues, giving you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your family. A faulty boiler can be incredibly dangerous, even resulting in hospitalisation from carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you’re a landlord, you must, by law, ensure that a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer checks gas appliances and flues annually to ensure everything is safe and sound. The required checks include boilers, as well as other gas appliances, such as stoves and fireplaces. If you’re a tenant, you need to know that landlords are not responsible for safety checks on gas appliances owned by you, or any flues that connect to your own gas appliances.
With many boiler warranties and business insurance policies, you’re actually required to complete a regular service to ensure your boiler is safe to keep your warranty or policy valid. An annual boiler service will meet most insurance policy requirements, though you’ll need to check with your insurance provider to be sure.
Gas Safe engineers tend to be busier during colder months, when more home- owners become aware that there is a problem with their boilers, so the best time to book your service in may be during the warmer months. Not only will you be making sure you’re set for winter when you’ll need your boiler the most, but should a repair be required, you won’t be left without heating during a cold spell.
Whenever you choose to service your boiler, make sure to note the date and set a reminder to book the next one in, and always book a Gas Safe registered engineer.