A boiler is the most important part of a central heating system. It keeps your radiators running and supplies hot water for your taps, showers, and bathtubs. Although they are relatively expensive, boilers can last between 10 and 15 years. However, their lifespan ultimately depends on their use and maintenance.
Getting your boiler professionally serviced at least once every 12 months is the best thing you can do to extend its lifespan, keep it in the best possible condition, and prevent unfortunate domestic accidents.
Here are 6 reasons to have your boiler serviced annually
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- Reason 1: Avoid carbon monoxide leaks and other life-threatening malfunctions
- Reason 2: Prevent a boiler breakdown and a potential boiler replacement
- Reason 3: Avoid a hefty emergency repair bill
- Reason 4: Keep your heating bills as low as possible
- Reason 5: Keep your boiler’s warranty valid
- Reason 6: It doesn’t take long, and it’s worth it
- Advice and final thoughts
Reason 1: Avoid carbon monoxide leaks and other life-threatening malfunctions
Servicing your boiler will give you peace of mind that there is no risk of carbon monoxide leaks or other threats to your family’s safety. Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless gas which, in some cases, can cause death. During a boiler service, a certified engineer will conduct technical checks to ensure that there is no such risk.
Reason 2: Prevent a boiler breakdown and a potential boiler replacement
If your boiler stops working due to a technical failure and it is impossible to repair it, you will need to replace it. Getting a new boiler replacement may cost you between £1,000 and £3,000, including installation costs. Servicing your boiler every year can prevent it since the engineer can spot potential major faults.
Reason 3: Avoid a hefty emergency repair bill
Similarly, having your boiler serviced can help you avoid an unexpected repair bill. Boiler repairs typically cost between £100 and £500. It could be even more expensive if it is an urgent matter or you need it after business hours.
Reason 4: Keep your heating bills as low as possible
The engineer will also ensure that your boiler runs at its maximum efficiency. It means that you will pay less to achieve the same result in terms of heating your house. In other words, you will keep your energy bills as low as possible.
Suppose that your boiler’s maximum efficiency is 93%. In financial terms, it means that you will waste 7p per every £1 spent on heating your home. Imagine that efficiency drops just 3% throughout the year due to regular wear and tear. Then you will be wasting 3 extra pennies per every £1. It doesn’t seem too much, but you will have wasted a considerable amount after some months.
The good news is that certified engineers can tackle this problem by servicing your boiler.
Reason 5: Keep your boiler’s warranty valid
Maybe your boiler came with a long-term warranty; however, it may be subject to terms and conditions. Usually, manufacturers include clauses that keep the warranty valid for the entire period only if you have your boiler serviced by a certified engineer at least once every 12 months.
Reason 6: It doesn’t take long, and it’s worth it
Servicing a boiler could take between 30 to 60 minutes and cost you between £50 and £160, depending on the type of boiler you have. Considering the abovementioned benefits, it does not take too long or cost too much.
Advice and final thoughts
Probably, summer is the best season to schedule the boiler service. You won’t be using the boiler as much as in winter, plus the engineer’s rates might be lower.
However, if you notice that your boiler is underperforming or a specific component is not working well, then call an engineer before it is too late. Once the service is completed, never hesitate to ask the engineer questions about keeping your boiler running efficiently and safely. Anything you can learn from them will undoubtedly be valuable.