A boiler is something that you rely on, to make sure that your home stays warm during cold weather and that you have a reliable supply of hot water when you need it. It's easy to take these things for granted, and to just assume that your boiler will continue to keep working as it should. However, if the boiler in your home is not serviced on a regular basis, there is a good chance that it could become unreliable, and potentially dangerous.
This is why it's so important to treat boiler servicing as a priority. So, what are the potential problems you could encounter if your boiler is not serviced and when should servicing be carried out?
What could happen if your boiler is not serviced?
The most important factor, when it comes to boiler servicing, is safety. If your boiler is leaking, it can lead to serious illness for members of your family. Carbon monoxide poisoning leads to around 250 people each year being hospitalised, in England and Wales; it can potentially be fatal. The Gas Safe registered engineer who inspects your boiler during servicing checks for any leaks. This helps to keep you and your family safe.
If there is a fault it will be recognised sooner rather than later. This often makes it easier to remedy the problem and reduces the chances of a boiler having to be completely replaced rather than simply repaired.
Regular servicing helps to ensure that your boiler operates efficiently. It also means that the structure and copper pipe fittings will stay in good shape, which can potentially save money on energy bills and unnecessary repairs.
If you own a property that you let to a tenant, you are legally required to have gas appliances, including boilers, checked every twelve months.
You can see why boiler servicing is so important. The good news is that a service only takes around twenty minutes, and you get peace of mind regarding the safety and efficiency of your boiler.
How often should your boiler be serviced?
Regular servicing does not mean that you need to have your boiler checked every month; an annual service is sufficient. Booking an annual service, with a Gas Safe registered engineer, is important for all the reasons we have mentioned. If you have a new boiler installed you will also usually find that the warranty only remains valid if annual servicing is carried out.
It makes sense to have your boiler serviced while the weather is good. Doing so means that if there is a problem, you are not going to be cold while it's being fixed. This means that during the summer is the best time to have the work carried out. This is also usually a less busy time for engineers, so booking a convenient appointment time is easier.
Other times when boilers should be serviced
Aside for the regular annual service, there are other occasions when boiler servicing is a good idea.
When you move to a new home
Often, when you first move into a property, you do not know when the boiler was last serviced. For your own peace of mind, it's a good idea to have the boiler serviced as soon as possible. Doing so means that you know it's safe and working efficiently. You can then have further servicing carried out a year from the date of this service, and annually after that.
When your boiler is not working as it should
Your boiler does not need to have stopped working altogether for there to be a problem. Sometimes, you can spot differences in the performance and efficiency of your boiler. For instance, is the water taking longer to heat than normal? If you have any suspicions that there may be a problem, you should have your boiler serviced as soon as possible. Doing so could be the difference between being able to have the problem fixed and needing an entirely new boiler.
It's never a good idea to simply wait until there is a major problem with your boiler before you pay any attention to it. Doing so means that you could be stuck waiting for repairs to be completed during the cold weather. Having your boiler serviced annually, when you move to a new property or when it does not seem to be working as it should, can save you from being in this situation. It can also protect you and your family against the serious danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.