You may wonder why you should bother paying all that money to have your boiler serviced, especially if it's is only a year or two old?
Well, here are five good reasons why it's vital that you do....
1. First and foremost, IT KEEPS YOU SAFE
According to a recent awareness campaign by Project Shout over 200 people are hospitalised with suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning every year in the UK resulting in around 50 deaths. What's more, over 500 cases of CO poisoning involve people under 18.
Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart problems are most at risk and many of these cases are as a result of poor boiler maintenance.
Babies and young children in particular take more breaths than adults and so are more vulnerable..
Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer - and for a good reason:
- You can't see it
- You can't smell it
- You can't taste it
It's invisible to human senses and is only identifiable via a CO alarm.
It's a gas that's produced when a fuel isn't burnt properly and can come from your fire, your cooker, or your boiler as well as other sources such as blocked chimneys, portable heaters, even BBQ's!
Mains gas, LPG, oil and solid fuel boilers are all capable of producing CO if not regularly maintained. To ensure that your household appliances are safe and not leaking this noxious gas you need a qualified engineer to check your devices on at least an annual basis. Never try and do this yourself. Your gas engineer must, by law, be registered with Gas Safe (previously known as Corgi), the official gas registration body for the UK. The Gas Safe Register ensures that those applying for, and holding, registration are appropriately qualified as gas safety competent.
Always check both sides of your gas engineer's license to make sure they have the correct ID and make sure it's not expired. Ideally make sure they're listed on the GasSafe Register before you book them and check that they're qualified to work on the type of boiler you have, especially if you have LPG.
Here is a list of the things that your boiler expert should be doing when servicing your boiler:
2. It minimises the risk of your boiler breaking down
Regular maintenance and checks of your boiler will ensure it runs properly. A qualified gas engineer will notice issues straight away so that it will be less likely to break down in future. Just one small problem with a boiler could eventually lead to having to buy a brand new appliance if not dealt with early. Having an annual service by a boiler specialist will pick up on any issues.
3. It keeps your boiler running efficiently = saves £'s
Annual checks by a qualified heating engineer will ensure that your boiler is running efficiently and is using less energy, which in turn saves you money. A boiler works pretty hard during its lifetime and, like a car, parts can wear out. Keep your appliance in tip top condition and it should be keeping you warm, as cost effectively as possible, for many years.
4. It keeps your boiler under warranty
Your new boiler should come with a warranty. However, did you realise that if you don't have your boiler serviced regularly it's possible that warranty won't be worth the paper it's written on?
5. If you're a landlord, then it's the law!
If you have tenants then you have a duty of care to keep them safe. One of your many obligations is to have your tenants' appliances serviced annually and have a certificate to prove it.
So what are you waiting for? Don't leave it until it's too late.
I'm a Gas Safe registered plumbing and heating engineer in Chichester. I have 17 years experience and a bundle of qualifications and cover the Chichester and Bognor areas. I only charge £60 +VAT to service a boiler. Why not give me a call?
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With 17 years experience under my belt and the fact I keep up-to-date with the latest technology, I like to think I know a thing or two about plumbing and heating.