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    Want to know how much it costs to service a boiler? In this article we look at boiler servicing prices for different types of boiler including gas, oil and combi.

    This makes it easy for anyone to get a ball-park figure in mind before hiring a gas safe engineer to service their boiler.

    Average Cost of a Boiler Service:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 1 hour

    £75

    How Much Does a Boiler Service Cost?

    An annual boiler service is extremely important. You will need more than just a safety check. You will need regular servicing on your boiler to check that it is operating at its peak performance and check for any signs of wear and tear on the seals and gaskets.

    As a part of a boiler service, the engineer will also check that some other parts of your heating system such as the chimney flue are working correctly.

    Gas boilers should be serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer to ensure that they are operating at peak efficiency. An annual boiler service is usually a requirement under the manufacturer’s warranty.

    Boiler servicing is not a DIY job. You will have to get a professional engineer to come in and carry out the service for you. A boiler service will usually take no longer than two hours, and the average cost of a boiler service usually falls somewhere in the region of £50-£90.

    The cost of your boiler service can vary depending on whether you hire a local contractor or a large national company to carry out the boiler service for you, or your where you are located in the UK.

    The annual boiler service price can also vary depending on the type of boiler that you have in your home. Luckily, at £50-£90 on average, a boiler service is not something that is going to break your budget.

    Boiler Service Prices

    The below table indicates the different annual boiler service costs.

    Job Description Duration Material Costs Labour Costs
    Annual service on standard combi boiler 1-1.5 hours £4-£6 £50-£65
    Annual service on LPG boiler 1.5-2 hours £4-£6 £60-£80
    Annual service on oil boiler 1.5-2 hours £4-£6 £65-£85
    Test and issue a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate 1.5-2 hours £0 £65-£85

    Additional Costs

    When you get your boiler serviced, there are a number of additional jobs that may need to be carried out as well. Below is a list of additional costs that may arise during a boiler service job:

    Labour Costs and Timescales

    The labour cost of having a boiler serviced usually costs on average between £50-£85.

    The cost for labour can vary depending on a number of factors including where your property is located, the type of boiler you have, whether you hire a local contractor or a national company, and whether any additional work needs to take place.

    Those located in the London area can expect to pay around £10-£20 more on average for the cost of labour on a boiler service than those located in the North of the UK.

    The type of boiler you have can affect the cost of labour slightly. The cheapest boiler service is one on a common gas boiler where the average cost of labour is around £50-£65. Labour on less common boiler types such as an LPG or oil boiler usually falls somewhere between £60-£85.

    If you hire a local gas registered contractor to carry out the work, you can expect to pay a lot less for the labour of the job than if you were to hire a contractor from a large national company to carry out the work.

    You can also expect the labour costs to increase if the contractor finds any additional work that needs to take place during the boiler service. This will result in the job taking much longer and, therefore, the labour costs will increase.

    Cost Factors of a Boiler Service

    There are a number of things that can affect the overall cost of a boiler service.

    Some of these factors include your location in the UK, who you choose to hire to carry out the work, the type of boiler that you have, and whether any additional work needs to take place in order to get your boiler working at its best.

    Location of Property

    The location of your property can affect the cost of your boiler service. Those located in the London area can expect to pay around £10-£20 more on average for the cost of labour on a boiler service than those located in the North of the UK.

    Type of Contractor

    The type of contractor you choose to carry out the boiler service can affect the cost of the job. If you hire a local gas registered contractor to carry out the work rather than hiring someone from a large national company to carry out the work, you may find that you can save quite a bit of money in the overall costs.

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    Type of Boiler

    The type of boiler that you have can slightly affect the overall cost of your boiler service. The cheapest boiler service is one on a common gas boiler where the average cost of labour is around £50-£65.

    Labour on less common boiler types such as an LPG or oil boiler usually falls somewhere between £60-£85.

    Additional Work

    If the contractor finds any additional work that needs doing such as a power flush or a radiator bleed, then you can expect the cost of the overall job to be a lot more. This will result in the job taking much longer and, therefore, the labour costs will increase.

    What's Involved in a Boiler Service?

    Below is a list of some of the things that will take place during a boiler service:

    Visual Inspection

    The engineer will carry out a visual inspection of the boiler to ensure it appears to be in full working order.

    Your boiler will be checked according to the current standards and requirements to look out for any leaks or corrosion. They will also do a visual check of the flame in your boiler.

    Boiler Casing Removal

    The engineer will then remove the boiler casing and check all of the internal components to ensure that everything is working correctly. They will also then clean the inside of the boiler.

    They will also then check the burner, spark probe, main injector, and heat exchanger.

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    Checking the Flue

    The engineer will then also check to ensure that there are no obstructions inside the flue terminals and that the flue is fitted correctly and safely.

    Gas Pressure Check

    The engineer will then ensure that your boiler is working at the appropriate and correct pressure.

    Boiler Fire Up Check

    The engineer will then fire up your boiler to check for any faults while the boiler is in operation.

    Can I Complete a Boiler Service Myself?

    A boiler service can not be completed as a DIY job. A boiler service can only be performed by someone who is on the Gas Safe Register.

    When you hire someone to carry out your boiler service, be sure to ask them for their Gas Safe Register card and look out for the yellow triangular symbol.

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    Types of Boiler Service

    There are a number of different boiler services, depending on the type of boiler that you have. Below is a list of the different types of boiler service:

    Electric Boiler Service

    Unlike oil and gas boilers, an electric boiler doesn’t need servicing annually to keep them functioning correctly.

    Instead, an electric boiler will only need to be looked at in cases where it stops functioning properly. In these cases, an engineer will look over the boiler to find the fault and fix it depending on what is needed to get it functioning properly.

    Gas Boiler Service

    A gas boiler service involves visually inspecting the boiler for any visual faults and internally inspecting the boiler’s components for any signs that it isn’t functioning correctly—a gas boiler service costs on average around £55-£70.

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    Oil Boiler Service

    An oil boiler service involves cleaning the boiler and flue, cleaning the oil burner and replacing the nozzle, checking and replacing the oil filter, inspecting the fuel tank, and performing a full combustion test—an oil boiler service costs on average around £70-£90.

    Building Regulations for a Boiler Service

    You won’t need any form of building regulations approval in order to carry out a boiler service. However, if your system needs to be replaced, you will need buildings regulation approval.

    This is due to the safety issues that may be involved with installing a new boiler or central heating system

    Boilers must have a minimum efficiency of 86% for gas and 85% for oil to be compliant with building regulations.

    Does My Boiler Need Servicing?

    Your boiler needs to be properly maintained in order to keep it working properly and efficiently. This includes having an annual boiler service.

    Regular servicing of your boiler keeps it working to its optimum level. If your boiler is showing any signs that it may not be working properly, then its always a good idea to have a boiler service to ensure that everything is in good working order and to address any problems.

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    As well as getting your boiler serviced when it starts showing signs of problems, you should also ensure to have your boiler serviced every 12 months.

    If it has been longer than 12 months since your last boiler service, you should definitely get one as soon as possible to ensure your boiler continues to work properly.

    How Often Should You Service Your Boiler?

    You should check with your manufacturer to see the service period of your particular boiler model.

    As a general rule of thumb, a boiler should be serviced 12 months after it has been installed and it should then be serviced every 12 months thereafter.

    Your boiler needs to be serviced regularly to ensure that no new problems have developed such as gas leaks.

    Benefits of a Boiler Service

    There are a number of different benefits of having your boiler serviced. Below is a list of the main benefits of keeping on top of your boiler services:

    Protect You and Your Family

    If your boiler becomes faulty, it can be extremely dangerous. Getting your boiler serviced annually can help to safeguard it against potential gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning, explosions, or fires.

    Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can leak without anyone knowing. If you have your boiler checked annually, it will be checked for any possible leaks that could be deadly.

    Save on Boiler Repair Costs

    Having your boiler serviced annually can improve the reliability of your heating system and can increase the overall lifespan of your boiler.

    Having your boiler serviced regularly will help you pick up on any issues that may arise, and you can, therefore, get them fixed before they become a huge problem. This means that you can potentially save money on boiler repair costs.

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    Reduce Your Energy Bills

    An annual boiler service will help to ensure that your boiler is working at the most efficient level it possibly can. This can also help to prevent heating fuel waste. With an annual boiler service, you will not only save money on your energy bills, but you will also reduce your carbon footprint.

    Preserve the Guarantee of Your Boiler

    If you don’t keep up with having an annual boiler service, you may invalidate your boiler guarantee. Most boiler manufacturers will state that your new boiler must be serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

    Keeps You Warm

    It is best to have your annual boiler service before winter to ensure that it is working perfectly for the colder months. There is nothing worse than turning on your heating in the winter and finding that there is a fault. Having your boiler serviced can ensure that your heating works perfectly and efficiently.

    Cost of Removing a Boiler

    If you are having problems with your boiler or if you would like to change your boiler type for a different type, then it may be relevant to remove your old boiler so that you can have a new one put in.

    Before you remove your boiler, you would need to cap off the gas and drain the boiler and lines. You can disconnect the boiler fittings easily by unscrewing them and cutting any connections that can’t be unscrewed on the side away from the boiler.

    It is entirely possible for you to remove your boiler yourself quite easily. However, it’s always recommended that you hire a professional to carry out any work when it comes to your heating system.

    To have your boiler removed by a professional, this would cost on average around £50-£250 depending on the type of boiler and the complexity of the job. It shouldn’t take longer than a few hours to complete a boiler removal.

    Hiring Someone for Boiler Servicing Checklist

    There are a number of factors that you should consider when choosing someone to carry out a boiler service for you. Below is a list of some of the main things that you should think about when looking for the right contractor for the job:

    • Does the engineer offer any guarantees with their work?
    • How much is the work to complete? – Ask for a breakdown of costs so you can ensure you are paying a good price for each element of the job.
    • Does the engineer have experience of working on your particular type of boiler?
    • How many years’ worth of experience does the engineer have in servicing boilers?
    • Is the engineer on the Gas Safety Register?

    FAQs

    How long does a boiler service take?
    A boiler service usually takes around 1-2 hours, depending on the type of boiler and the complexity of the job.
    When does a new boiler need its first service?
    A new boiler should have its first service 12 months after it has been installed.
    How long does a boiler last?
    The average boiler within the UK usually lasts around 10-15 years before it needs to be replaced.
    How often should a boiler be serviced?
    A boiler should be serviced every 12 months.
    What is a combi boiler?
    A combi boiler is the most common type of new boiler in the UK. It is a type of boiler that uses both gas and electricity for power and to heat the water needed for your heating and hot water system.

    Sources

    https://www.uswitch.com/boilers/guides/boiler-maintenance
    https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/7/boilers_and_heating/2
    https://www.viessmann.co.uk/heating-advice/when-does-a-boiler-need-its-first-service
    https://heatingforce.co.uk/blog/boiler-servicing-costs

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 19th August 2020.

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