How Much Does It Cost to Get Your Boiler Serviced?
Boiler servicing guidelines and typical prices
Typical boiler servicing costs
Things to consider about boiler servicing
Having to pay for repairs on your boiler can be expensive and inconvenient. It’s better to maintain your boiler and ensure it’s working efficiently by servicing it at regular intervals, than have to fork out for expensive repairs and suffer the inconvenience of having no heating or hot water! In addition, inefficient boilers are inefficient so will cost you more to run with higher energy bills, particularly over the winter months.
The most important thing you can do to ensure that you’re getting the most from your boiler, is to have it serviced by a registered engineer at least once per year. The annual servicing cost will likely to pale into insignificance when compared to the potential costs of unforeseen repairs. In addition, boiler maintenance is key to ensuring safety, gas leaks are very dangerous and having a professional inspect your boiler is the best way to protect yourself against potential disaster. Any fuel burning appliance can cause the generation of carbon monoxide through poor servicing and maintenance over time. So, it is vital that your boiler is checked and serviced at least annually as carbon monoxide is a highly toxic poisonous gas which is odourless, colourless and tasteless – therefore difficult to detect.
It’s also important to note that work on a boiler should never be carried out by anyone other than a qualified professional. For gas boilers, this means Gas Safe registered engineers only. For oil, solid fuel and renewable heating boilers and equipment, this means an engineer registered with OFTEC’s competent person scheme.
Oil fired boilers need to be serviced regularly for all the same reasons as gas boilers. But in addition, oil boilers are “dirtier” than gas boilers and the efficiency of an oil fired boiler can be greatly reduced by soot forming within the boiler heat exchanger. The oil nozzles also wear over time and are consumable items that need to be replaced regularly, plus electrodes can wear and attract soot deposits so the boiler may be difficult to light or not light at all. Oil boilers also require storage tanks and oil supply pipes which should also be part of the annual boiler service. The tank and fuel lines need to be visually checked for water contamination and oil leaks.
Doing it Yourself
The DIY aspect of boiler servicing is very simple, you simply cannot install, service or repair a boiler as a DIY project! By law, anyone carrying out a service or repair on a gas boiler, oil boiler or solid-fuel boiler such as an AGA in the UK, must be registered on either the Gas Safe or the OFTEC register. There are no exceptions. A boiler service includes inspecting the boiler and controls, checking for corrosion and leaks, removing the boiler casing to check the functioning of its main components, a gas pressure check, a flue test, plus any necessary cleaning of parts. This is not something that can or should be done by anyone without the necessary qualifications and experience.
Boiler servicing important points
- Annual boiler servicing is crucial to ensure that your boiler is running safely and efficiently
- Regular boiler servicing at least once per year is a condition of your boiler warranty
- Most boiler services should only take around an hour and a half and a copy of the engineers report is available on request
- The engineer will fill in the service record after the service which is part of the boiler installation and service manual
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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