We tend to take heating and hot water for granted and don't give our boiler a second thought until it breaks down. Here are the top reasons to get your annual boiler service.
Save money on repairs
A boiler engineer will be able to pick up on any minor faults which could escalate to a full blown break down in the future. This could save you money and help you avoid the inconvenience of a broken boiler.
Identify dangerous leaks
If your boiler is incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or not regularly serviced, it can produce carbon monoxide gas. According to the Health and Safety Executive, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning kills around 20 people per year and the main cause is from gas appliances being incorrectly installed, maintained or ventilated.
Reduce your fuel bill
A boiler engineer will make sure that your boiler is running as efficiently as possible, which can save you money on your fuel bills and subsequently cut your household carbon emissions.
What to expect from an annual boiler service.
Outline of our boiler service procedures:
- Visually inspect boiler to ensure that there are no visible defects and that it complies with safety regulations.
- Switch on boiler to test basic operation prior to testing.
- Check and test all main components: burners, injectors, heat exchangers, condensate trap and fan.
- Inspect electrical connections and pipework.
- Take readings with flue gas analyser to ensure the gas valve and make sure the boiler is running safely and to manufacturer's specification.
- Gas rate boiler to ensure that it is burning the correct amount of gas.
- Also carry out working pressure tests between gas meter and boiler.
- Clean out magnetic system filter (if fitted).
- Clean out condensate trap.
- Finally we will issue an electronic CP6 servicing certificate.
Symptoms of a boiler that requires a service:
- Hot water has limited flow or not as hot as it should be.
- Boiler overheating or needs refilling frequently
- Fan makes a noise.
- Water pressure keeps dropping.
- Pump noisy.
- Constantly resetting the boiler.
- Stains on or near the appliance - On older boilers
- Pilot light keeps going out - On older boilers
- Irregular or yellow flame.
The importance of keeping your home Gas Safe
Sarah Hill from the Gas Safe Register discusses the key ways you can guard against potential dangers with gas appliances in the home.
Hidden flues and boiler servicing
Gas Safe regulations now state that boiler flues which are hidden behind walls or ceilings must be able to be inspected along their full length. If your flue cannot be inspected because it is hidden behind your walls or ceilings you will need to arrange for inspection hatches to be fitted.
Any registered engineer is now required by law to classify your boiler At Risk and switch it off if it doesn't comply with these regulations. We specialise in the installation of metal, fire rated access hatches which are fully compliant with Building standards.
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