To many people, having your boiler serviced can seem a bit unnecessary. Modern boilers are fairly safe, usually reliable and let’s face it; it is not like a car service where you can show a potential buyer the work you have had done, adding a bit to the asking price! However, just as you have a service to keep your car running at its best, then having the boiler services is essentially the same thing.
With today’s high fuel costs, having your boiler serviced can keep costs to a minimum and even with the expense of the service could save you money over the course of the year. Expect to pay between £50-£100 for a full service with prices varying considerably between regions, e.g a London service will be closer to £100.
As with having your car serviced, there is also the element of safety which has to be addressed. Although modern gas boilers are built with safety in mind, occasionally things can go wrong, especially as the boiler gets older. A boiler leak is not likely to automatically mean an explosion, but perhaps even worse, it can mean small amounts of carbon monoxide leaking out over a period of time, which can be dangerous in itself. Incidents like this are extremely rare, but an annual check once a year, will give you that extra peace of mind.
You should also bear in mind that a regular service can also mean that you reduce the chance of emergency call out costs. The cost of a call out can sometimes be as much as an annual service and that is before the repair person carries out any work, or replaces any parts. It is also worth bearing in mind that with Christmas in the offing, your annual service cost is an extra bill you can well do without.
If you are thinking of having your boiler serviced, it is worth considering that the best time to do so is during the Summer months. Everyone wants their boiler serviced during the Winter, but you would not book your car in for a service when you need it most. You may well find that, as service engineers are quieter in the Summer months, you get a better rate for the job.
The engineer may well have that extra bit of time to do an even better job and if your boiler does need to be out of action for a while, you are less likely to notice it in the Summer months. It is also less likely that your engineer will be called away for an emergency job in the Summer and have to reschedule your appointment.
When you have your boiler serviced, you should expect that your engineer will take the time to inspect pipe work and the ventilation thoroughly. Boiler flue output should also be analysed. Your engineer should dismantle and assess and clean the important components of your system and replace any faulty parts, or parts that are coming to the end of their working life. He or she should fully check the functionality of all parts of the system.
Some companies offer special discounted packages. Before committing yourself to these, it is well worth checking out what parts of a service they cover. You may well decide to go ahead with this, only to find you still need to have an annual service.