Having your boiler serviced regularly will ensure your boiler is working efficiently and safely. It is recommended to have a boiler checked annually so any issues can be detected and deal with, avoiding future problems and saving on emergency call-out and fixing costs.
Just like a car needs to be served once a year to keep it road-worthy, a boiler needs a service to keep it running well. Boiler servicing will actually increase the life of your boiler and can save you up to 15% on your home energy bills.
A Gas Safe registered heating engineer will carry out a wide range of standard checks on your boiler during a service. Any deposits that build up in your boiler and heating system over the year will be cleaned, including all dirty elements, which will improve the overall performance and keep your heating costs down. The pipes, boiler flue, parts and ventilation on your boiler are all checked during a servicing, and any faulty or knackered parts are replaced.
The thermostat is also usually checked during the service, to make sure it is working as it should. Having an efficient thermostat can save you money on your heating bills – for example, turning your thermostat down by just one degree can reduce your bills by as much as 10%.
Although it is not always cheap to have your boiler serviced, it can prevent expensive problems arising at a later date. By keeping the boiler and heating system clean and efficient, it is less likely you'll encounter a breakdown. Breakdowns are not only financially costly but if they occur in the middle of winter can be dangerous and unpleasant.
Gas boilers rarely leak but it can happen – boiler servicing checks for any current or likely issues with leaking. This keeps you safe and your boiler in good working order.
Ideally, boiler servicing should be completed during the summer months so that any necessary work can be done when it's warm enough to manage without heating temporarily. This also gives you the peace of mind that your boiler can cope with the winter ahead and is illegally to struggle during the cold conditions.
Source by Chris D Taylor