Maintenance of the boiler it’s one of those things that you easily forget and never think about. But it could be the key to tackling problems before they become problems. We’ve covered some of the top reasons why you should go through the regular boiler checks below. Regular maintenance of your boiler can reduce the risk of breakdown and can also help extend the life of your boiler.
Keep safe your family and yourself
Having your boiler serviced regularly will ensure that it is functioning properly and will also help it to operate safely. A faulty boiler can be incredibly dangerous with 250 hospitalizations per year from carbon monoxide poisoning unrelated to a fire between 2001 and 2010 in England and Wales. During a Gas Boiler Service, a certified Gas Safe engineer will check for leaks and problems, giving you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your family.
Small problems can become significant if left unattended. By making sure your boiler is working properly, you can save money on future repairs. Your engineer can detect and fix all minor problems to avoid future breakdowns and costly repairs.
Maintenance is, of course, another household expense. But it could also save you money. During maintenance, the engineer will perform a series of checks to ensure that your boiler is operating efficiently. This, in turn, will save you money over time, as a more efficient boiler costs less. The efficiency of your boiler depends on its age and type.
A qualified Gas Safe engineer is required by law to check gas appliances and flues every year to make sure everything is safe and sound. Required controls include boilers, but also cover other gas appliances like stoves and fireplaces. If you are a renter, it should be noted that landlords are not responsible for the safety checks of any gas appliances they own or any flues that only connect to their own gas appliances.
When a boiler should be serviced?
With many boiler warranties and commercial insurance policies, you actually need to perform regular service to make sure your boiler is safe. An annual boiler service will meet most insurance policy requirements, but you will need to check with your insurance provider to be sure. Not only do you make sure you’re winter-ready when you need your boiler the most, but engineers also tend to be less busy during those months as well.
Whenever you choose to repair your gas boiler, be sure to save the date and schedule a reminder to reserve the next one, and always make the reservation with a Gas Safe engineer.
Some important points of inspection
A complete inspection of the entire structure of the chimney, an inspection and, if necessary, cleaning of the burner, the combustion chamber, the injectors and the heat exchanger, an inspection of the ignition devices, this is ie pilot lights and / or spark and flame detection electrodes.
Checking the integrity of all gaskets and seals
Make sure condensate traps and drains are free of debris
Test the appliance according to the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that: the heat input and / or the operating pressure are correct, the efficiency of the fireplace, that all ventilation requirements are up to current standards, the correct operation of all safety devices and that the boiler is safe. for continuous use
A final combustion analysis and measurement against the tolerances established by the manufacturer’s instructions.
A test of all disturbed gas connections, perform a functional test of the heater and hot water.
A visual inspection of any other gas appliance found, written notification of any gas safety faults that may affect the safe operation of your appliances
An assessment of your current heating controls and advice on energy efficiency best practices
Important Tips for Gas Boiler Service
Watch the engineer and use our checklist to make sure they cover the basics. Proper gas boiler service should last at least 30 minutes, but sometimes shorter. Finally, request a written report and verify that it is correctly completed.
Before paying for repairs, check if your boiler is still under its original warranty. Most new boilers usually come with parts and labor coverage for the first year or two.
While the checklist is useful for most boilers, keep in mind that not all boilers are the same. Older conventional systems, for example, have parts like the heat exchanger, burner, and blower that need to be removed and maintained. This is not normally necessary for a modern boiler, unless the analysis of the flue gases suggests that there is a problem.