The gas boiler in your home is probably neglected most of the year, and why wouldn’t it be? It continues to churn out heat and hot water on request, so surely there’s nothing wrong with the system.
But this is a risky approach to take. As winter approaches we’ll become even more reliant on our gas boiler, and leaving it without a service is asking for trouble. An unexpected breakdown during the colder months will leave you facing a heavy call-out charge, which can be £200 plus parts and repairs.
The boiler service
With a boiler service you can guarantee your system is running efficiently and you’re getting the most from your installation. A lot of the time, the problem comes down to neglect and many homeowners forget about their boiler until a fault occurs.
With an annual service you’ll cut the risk of a breakdown, which could save you hundreds of pounds in the long run. The Gas Safe Cv ketel vervangen engineer will complete three stages to the service, including:
The visual check
This part of the service ensures there are no visible signs of a fault. For boilers experiencing problems, there could be evidence of water leaking or soot around the system. These are instant warnings to the engineer that something is up, and the fault will need to be corrected ASAP. The pilot light will also be checked for its distinctive colour, because any alteration could be as serious as carbon monoxide leaking.
If the visual check passes the test, the boiler engineer will open up the system and look for internal problems. The pipework and interior components will be assessed and the inside cleaned with a special hoover.
The boiler engineer will lastly confirm the efficiency of the boiler. This will be done using special tools to check components inside the system.
Throughout the boiler service, if the engineer comes across any potential problems he’ll rectify them then and there, to minimise inconvenience for you. One of the most common faults is an incorrect pressure in gas boilers, but fortunately there’s a quick and easy fix.
Consider an energy efficient gas boiler
If you have an old system, you could find the gas boiler engineer recommending a replacement. This could be for a number of reasons, including a lack of energy efficiency. This isn’t necessarily the end of the world because there are two potential problems if you don’t replace.
Not only are you probably paying out hundreds of pounds extra every year on your heating bills, but your boiler will be in serious risk of a breakdown. At the heart of winter, living without heat and hot water would be a nightmare.
And what’s more, you’d have to stump up as much as £200 for the call-out charge alone. Add on parts and repairs and you’ll suddenly see yourself heavily out of pocket.
By taking up an energy efficient replacement, the Energy Saving Trust say you can save between £105 and £300 annually. This replacement will run efficient for 15 years and more, ensuring plenty of energy bill savings.
With a boiler guarantee you’ll have protection just in case something does go wrong in the early days. The efficiency of your gas boiler will be greatly improved if the engineer performs a powerflush before the installation too.