What is a boiler service?
A boiler service is an annual inspection and test that is performed to ensure that your boiler is operating at peak performance. It is a service that is recommended by all boiler manufacturers. If you do not service your boiler on an annual basis, the warranty will be voided. Therefore, it is very important for you to have your boiler serviced on an annual basis.
A boiler service can only be performed by an engineer who is registered with the Gas Safe Register. You will not be able to complete it on your own. In addition, you may require a boiler service certificate for your records. A boiler certificate serves as proof that the service was performed by a Gas Safe registered engineer and that your boiler is safe to use after it has been installed. This certificate can only be issued by an engineer who is registered with the Gas Safe Register.
As a landlord or a homeowner, it is your responsibility to ensure that the annual boiler service and gas safe check are carried out for both your tenants and your own property. According to the law, every landlord is required to maintain a record of boiler service and any other gas appliance inspection records in the form of a Gas Safety Certificate (CP12 certificate).
What does it include?
An engineer who is Gas Certified will perform the following tasks when you request a boiler service:
1-Inspection by a Gas Safe registered engineer:
A Gas Safe registered engineer will inspect your boiler. Your boiler and its control system will be examined by the engineer in order to verify that all the components of your boiler are in proper working order.
As part of the visual inspection, the engineer will pay close attention to any potential weak points, such as gas leaks or corrosion damage. The flame of the boiler will also be checked by the engineer.
2-Taking Out the Casing:
After the Gas Safety registered engineer has finished inspecting the boiler from the outside, they will take out the casing of the boiler. They will inspect the boiler’s primary components to ensure that they are operating as they should be. They will check several other things such as the heat exchanger, main injector, burner, and spark probe and more.
Please keep in mind that you should never attempt to open the boiler case yourself. It can be dangerous for an untrained individual to do so.
The engineer will conduct this inspection to ensure that there are no obstructions in the flue terminals. They will also examine the flue to determine whether there is any potentially hazardous emissions being released.
4-Checking the Gas Pressure:
A boiler operates with the assistance of the gas pressure. Consequently, the boiler’s gas pressure must be at its optimal level at all times. If this is not the case, the water in the faucets and radiators will not heat to the temperature that it should.
As an added precaution, the Gas Safety registered engineer will also check the gas pressure of your boiler to ensure that you do not experience any problems.
5-Checking the Boiler After It Has Been Fired Up:
This check allows the engineer to determine whether or not there are any operational faults with the boiler.
It will be left with you after the engineer has thoroughly examined and tested all of the boiler’s components. This report will allow you to see all of the issues (if any) that are occurring in your boiler. The report will also provide you with recommendations on how to properly maintain your boiler so that it continues to operate efficiently.
Why is it important?
Even though many people overlook the significance of a boiler service, here are all of the reasons why you should consider it to be of paramount importance.
1-Early detection of boiler problems:
An annual boiler service allows you to detect boiler problems as soon as they occur. It’s possible that your boiler is experiencing a minor problem that you’re not aware of. It is recommended that you get your boiler serviced at least once a year.
Top Tip: Get you boiler serviced every summer so it is ready for the winter.
2-Repairing a boiler is expensive:
Identifying a problem after it has progressed to the point where the only viable solution is the replacement or repair of a specific component can be extremely expensive. Prevention is always easier and cheaper than repair.
3-The cost of service is less expensive than the cost of replacement:
Regular inspections and maintenance ensure that your boiler is operating at peak efficiency and reduces the likelihood of a boiler breakdown. This will also save you from having to spend a lot of money on repairs and elements replacement.
An annual boiler service can cost anywhere between £60 and £100, depending on the model. In contrast, purchasing a new boiler will require you to spend anywhere between £500 and £2500. An annual boiler service can save you a lot of time, worry and money.
4-You will save money on your energy bills:
Some people believe that having their boiler serviced is an unnecessary expense. However, they fail to recognise that if your boiler is serviced on a regular basis, it will keep working properly which helps avoid over-consumption of energy and save money. Boiler servicing will increase the efficiency of your boiler, which means it will consume less energy and save you a lot of money every month.
5-It can help to keep your family safe:
Boiler service ensures that the boiler is operating safely. Every year, it is estimated that approximately 4000 people visit A&E because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide does not have a distinct odour. It can be difficult to determine whether or not your boiler is leaking. However, when an engineer comes to your home for annual maintenance, they will be able to detect the leaks almost immediately.
6-The following conditions will render the boiler warranty null and void:
If you do not have your boiler serviced for a period of one year or more, the warranty on your boiler will be voided. In the event of a problem, you will not be able to claim any type of repairs or compensation of any kind.