Why should I get my boiler serviced?

Boiler servicing. It’s one of those things that’s easily overlooked and never really thought about. But it could be the key to picking up on issues before they become problems. Here we cover some of the main reasons why you should keep up with regular boiler checks.

Keep you and your family safe

Getting your boiler serviced regularly will ensure it’s running efficiently and also help to keep it running safely. A faulty boiler can be incredibly dangerous with 250 hospitalisations a year the result of non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning between 2001 and 2010 in England & Wales.

During a boiler service, a Gas Safe registered engineer will check for leaks and issues, giving you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your family.

Boiler service checklist

Pick up on issues before they escalate

When should you service your boiler

Small problems can become big ones if left unattended. By ensuring your boiler is running properly, you can save money on future repairs. Your engineer can detect and fix any minor problems to help avoid future malfunctions and costly repairs.

You could save money on your energy bills

Servicing is, of course, another home expense. But it could save you money too. During your service, your engineer will carry out a host of checks to make sure your boiler is working efficiently. This will, in turn, save you money over time, as a more efficient boiler costs less to run. How efficient your boiler can be depends on its age and the type you have.

Boiler service advice

If you’re a landlord, it’s a legal requirement

When to service your boiler

A qualified Gas Safe registered engineer must, by law, check gas appliances and flues annually to ensure everything is safe and sound. The required checks include boilers, but they also cover other gas appliances such as stoves and fireplaces. If you’re a tenant it’s worth noting that landlords are not responsible for safety checks on gas appliances owned by you, or any flues that solely connect to your own gas appliances.

It only takes around 20 minutes

So, what’s involved in a boiler service? Your engineer will begin by inspecting your boiler and controls to make sure they’re working properly. They’ll then check for corrosion and leaks, ensuring the gas pressure is correct and test the flue to make sure it’s not emitting any unsafe fumes. The whole thing should take about 20 minutes. When it’s done, your engineer should leave you with a boiler checklist of information. Make sure you keep it safe for reference afterwards.

How often should you service your boiler

How often should a boiler be serviced?

Tips on servicing your own boiler

With many boiler warranties and business insurance policies, you’re actually required to complete a regular service to ensure your boiler is safe. An annual boiler service will meet most insurance policy requirements, though you’ll need to check with your insurance provider to be sure.

Summer is the best time to book your service in. Not only will you be making sure you’re set for winter when you’ll need your boiler the most, but also engineers tend to be less busy during these months.

Whenever you choose to service your boiler, make sure to note the date and set a reminder to book the next one in, and always book a Gas Safe registered engineer.

All our HomeCare One to HomeCare Four products include a service visit. You can even book a service if you’re not with British Gas. Click here for more information.

Whenever you choose to service your boiler, make sure to note the date and set a reminder to book the next one in, and always book a Gas Safe registered engineer.

All our HomeCare One to HomeCare Four products include a service visit. However, if you’re not a British Gas customer, you can also book a service and get your boiler checked by one of our experts. Click here for more information.