Do I need my boiler serviced? It’s a question that often gets asked, with a really simple answer: Yes!
If you have a boiler in your home, it’s highly likely that it’s going to require maintenance from time to time.
After all, these high-tech heating systems are built to run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and if they’re not checked regularly, they can start to show signs of wear and tear – and even become dangerous.
That’s why it’s important to check your boiler at regular intervals – and the sooner you get started on checking it, the better! Checking your boiler doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive – in fact, most of the time checking your boiler is as simple as walking past it with a smile.
However, the costs of servicing your boiler will depend on a variety of factors including the age of your system and how often you use your heating system – and which company you use to service your boiler.
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Do I Need My Boiler Serviced, & What is a Boiler Service?
When I talk about a boiler service, I’m really referring to a company coming to your home and having a look at your boiler system.
It’s absolutely not recommended that you do anything to your boiler yourself, unless you are gas safe registered and you know what you’re doing.
A gas safe registered plumber/engineer will visit your home, and take a look at the condition and safety of your system and make recommendations as to any required maintenance.
This inspection is vital, as an engineer can quickly carry out tests that make sure your boiler is safe for your home, and not for example, leaking carbon monoxide into your home.
If they find any issues, they’ll get those sorted immediately to make sure your heating system is up and running as smoothly as possible.
The more often you have your system serviced, the less likely it is that you’ll have any major issues with your heating system (a little bit like your car).
However, it’s best to time your service checks with your boiler’s expected lifespan – most boilers will last for 10 to 20 years, so timing your servicing around that is generally a good idea.
To sum up then, you should get your boiler serviced because:
- Servicing prolongs the lifespan of your boiler.
- Servicing reduces the risk of breakdowns.
- Servicing ensures your boiler is running at maximum efficiency.
- Servicing ensures your boiler is operating safely.
How Does a Boiler Service Work?
Like with any form of maintenance, you’ll want to find a service provider that provides a range of heating system services.
This gives you the best chance of ensuring your system gets the correct servicing it needs. Depending on your boiler model, there are different servicing options available.
It’s worth speaking with your energy provider to find out what service they recommend, as they may be able to offer you a package that’s tailored to your specific needs.
It’s also important to note that you need to have your boiler serviced regularly if you want it to function properly.
If you don’t, you run the risk of having a breakdown, which can lead to major disruption and cost. If your heating system isn’t regularly serviced, the build-up of dust and dirt can cause damage to your heating system, parts can wear out and damage your system, or the boiler might not operate as efficiently as it should, with the most serious issues leading to major system breakdowns and expensive repairs.
When Should I Have My boiler Serviced?
While you can certainly schedule your own boiler servicing, it’s worth speaking to your energy provider about when you should have your system serviced.
While you can generally get away with having your system serviced once a year, this isn’t a set rule.
If you find that your system is functioning perfectly, with no issues, there’s no need to have it serviced more than once a year.
The Breakdown of Costs of a Home Heating System Repair or Servicing
I asked the same question as you when I bought my 1st home – Do I need my boiler serviced, or is it just wasted money.
Unfortunately, being young and naive, I decided not to pay for regular maintenance or insurance. Shortly after, my boiler broke down and I was forced to pay many, many times the amount I would have paid if I’d just took out a monthly plan.
In 2018, I bought a new boiler, with included installation, from British Gas. It cost around £1800. I then got a 5 year warrantly with it included, and yearly servicing and insurance for £6 a month.
This £6 a month includes all servicing and repairs if it breaks down, meaning i won’t be saddled with an unexpected bill if it does break down.
Now, it’s important to note that the costs of servicing your boiler will vary depending on a number of factors, one of which is the age of your system. As a general rule of thumb, the older your boiler, the more money it will cost to insure it against breakdown.
What’s most important is finding a servicing provider that can offer you a service that’s tailored to your needs, and there’s a few options available:
Should I have my boiler serviced is the title of the article, and I hope your question has been answered and leaves you clear that a household boiler should be serviced regularly by professionals.
In short, it’s worth considering having your boiler serviced as a regular part of your household maintenance – it could save you from having a breakdown, and it could also save you a lot of money in the long run.
For example, it’s worth remembering that the recommended cost of replacing a boiler is between £1,200 and £2,500.
However, if you have your system serviced once every year, it’s likely that you’ll extend the lifespan of your current boiler.
As I’ve discussed, it’s not an expensive or complicated process to have your boiler serviced, and it really should be done regularly for safety reasons as well as to prolong the lifespan of your boiler.
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