Servicing your boiler on a regular basis not only ensures that it is working safely and effectively, it can also save you time and money in the long run.
Annual servicing is something that you should do, even before you notice any problems. This can save you the time, money and the hassle of frantically searching for an engineer should something happen to your boiler at an inconvenient time, like over the weekend or late at night.
Many boiler manufacturers, installers and energy providers offer servicing contracts which include unlimited call-outs and repairs. Do your research and find a contract which suits your budget and specific requirements.
Saving time and money
Having your system boiler serviced regularly ensures that you are not faced with huge call out charges and repair bills. In general, getting your boiler fixed in an emergency, especially over the weekend, at night, or during holidays can be more expensive. If you have your boiler serviced regularly early signs of problems can be spotted and breakdown avoided.
When to service your boiler
The best time to have your boiler serviced is during the summer or early autumn months, ready for the colder weather. During these times engineers are less in demand and you are more likely to find you can make an appointment at short notice. As winter approaches, and the weather gets colder, demand for engineers to carry out essential repairs becomes greater.
Look out for ‘cowboys’
Be wary of ‘cowboys’ – rogue tradesmen who masquerade as qualified engineers. These people prey on desperate clients who want their boiler fixed at any cost. This can result in ‘cowboys’ charging you much more for a less than perfect job and can also result in safety issues for you and your family.
Have your boiler serviced by a qualified engineer. Always ask to check their credentials before they start any work. Boiler servicing is a complicated procedure that should only be performed by Gas Safe registered engineers
What should the service entail?
A boiler service involves checking, cleaning and testing the appliance to ensure optimum and efficient performance. Your engineer will perform an internal and external inspection for any wear and tear to the boiler and advise you if any parts of your boiler need replacing. If there is any evidence of damage, your engineer should replace or repair it.
The engineer will provide you with a certificate to state that a full service has been completed and that the boiler is working effectively.
Baxi wrote this article about how and when you should have your system boiler serviced.