Boiler servicing is one of those things frequently pushed down the to-do list, and far too many people fail to have their boilers inspected regularly. So whether you’re busy and forget to schedule a service, trying to economise, or you’re not really convinced it’s important, here are some very valid reasons why you should seriously consider making boiler servicing an annual occurrence.
We rarely consider gas appliances to be dangerous because they are so commonplace in our homes. However, if they aren’t properly maintained or fitted, carbon monoxide poisoning can result in serious illness and can be fatal. Carbon monoxide poisoning sends over 4,000 people to A&E in the UK every year. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless, and tasteless, and if it leaks from a defective boiler, you may not realise you’re being poisoned until it’s too late – many people mistake carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms (headache, weariness, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath) for something else, such as the flu.
Most of us have horror stories about the first time we got a quote to replace the boiler – and that’s precisely why annual boiler servicing is critical. It keeps your boiler in working order for longer, resolving smaller issues before they become more significant problems. If you think about it, the cost of an annual boiler service is minor compared to replacing a boiler or the cost of unforeseen, expensive repairs.
The average price of a boiler service in the UK is less than £100, and the cost of most boiler repairs range between £150 to £450 for each repair. But the average cost of a new gas or combi boiler installation is anywhere between £1500 to £5000.
Having your boiler serviced regularly keeps it operating at peak efficiency all year. In fact, boiler servicing has been shown to increase your boiler’s efficiency by as much as 15%. Your central heating system will use less energy if your boiler is running correctly, resulting in lower heating expenses and better energy consumption for the environment, a win-win all around!
Furthermore, just like anything else that is well cared for, a regularly serviced and maintained boiler will last longer, saving you from the cost of having to fork out for a new boiler sooner than is necessary.
Your boiler is a hard-working machine and in constant use – it needs cleaning, inspection and regular maintenance if it is to last. There’s a real danger that if you fail to service your boiler for more than a year, your guarantee may be voided, and you won’t be able to claim for repairs if it breaks down. So read the terms of your boiler’s warranty carefully, and if it requires an annual service, make sure you schedule one ahead of time.
When the winter weather arrives in the UK, the demand for boiler repairs skyrockets. Waiting for your boiler to be repaired and having to live without hot water or central heating is a disruption you want to avoid. With an annual service booked for a date and time that suits your schedule, you can stay in control of your boiler maintenance – which is always a good idea!