Regular servicing is the best way to ensure your boiler is working correctly and will help prevent any costly repairs later down the line. Heating engineers often come across minor glitches when conducting a boiler service visit. For example, a boiler may have inadvertently over pressurised and caused the failure of an expansion vessel on a safety valve, the automatic air vent inside the boiler may require cleaning or replacing, or the gas pressures of the exhaust emissions may not be quite as they should. These are all complications that, when caught early, are an easy fix. However, if left, they have the potential to escalate into bigger, more dangerous issues that could cause substantial damage to the property or to those living in it.
What happens if I don’t service my boiler?
Your boiler will become less efficient, consume more energy, and the risk of catastrophic failure will increase. Plus, it may affect your guarantee. Often, boiler manufacturers require a boiler to be serviced every year as part of their customer guarantee. Therefore, if your boiler is within its guarantee period, but it has not been serviced as per the manufacturer’s requirements, you could lose out.
Are radiators checked during a
Yes, your boiler, radiators, and other heating appliances are all checked. A boiler service will include a set of checks on the effectiveness and safe running of your entire central heating system.
Is servicing my boiler a legal requirement?
No, by law you are not required to have your boiler serviced but it is highly recommended. However, as we have already mentioned, some boiler manufacturers state within their guarantee that the boiler must be serviced annually. Failure to do so means you risk losing the guaranteed benefits.
If you are a landlord, there is also no legal requirement to service the boiler within the property you own. However, as a landlord, you must ensure that any gas appliances (permanent or portable) and gas flues that you own and provide for use by your tenants, have regular gas safety checks. You must, by law, have an annual gas safety inspection to obtain a gas safety certificate. We would recommend having the boiler serviced at the same time as a gas safety check is carried out.
Gas safety checks are needed by:
- Housing associations
- Local authorities
- Hotels and B&Bs
- Boarding schools
What is a gas safety check?
During a gas safety check, the engineer will not only test and inspect the boiler but will also test and inspect the gas pipework in the property for leaks, as well as checking the boiler has been installed properly and the flue is discharging properly. The engineer will also check all the other gas appliances with the property, such as the gas cooker and gas fire, making sure they are all safe to use and are working efficiently. Upon completion of a gas safety check, a document called a gas safety certificate will be issued that will last for 12 months. After which time, you will need to arrange for another check to be carried out (a bit like a vehicle MOT).
Homeowners are not legally required to have a gas safety certificate. We do recommend that you still get all your gas appliances checked and serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
How long does a boiler service take?
A boiler service usually takes about an hour, though this will depend on the appliance being checked.
How often should a boiler be serviced?
We recommend servicing your boiler every 12 months.