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Why You Should Get Your Boiler Serviced Annually

There are many benefits to maintaining your boiler regularly. The most important of which is the safety of your boiler, leading to its effectiveness and longevity. Your boiler may be working fine, you have hot water and warm rooms, so perhaps you’re thinking that you don’t need the annual service this year. However, that could be a mistake. A regular service will prevent small problems from leading to larger ones in the future. So why should you get your boiler serviced annually?

It’s a horrible feeling when your boiler breaks down in the winter months, it’s cold at home and the engineers are very busy. And large problems could turn into very expensive emergency ones, very quickly.

Why You Should Get Your Boiler Serviced Annually: Index

  1. What is Boiler Servicing?
  2. Why Do I Need a Boiler Service?
  3. Cost of a Boiler Service
  4. How Long Does a Boiler Service Take?
  5. How Often Should You Get Your Boiler Serviced?
  6. Benefits to Getting Your Boiler Serviced Annually
  7. The Signs You Need a Boiler Service
  8. What Does a Boiler Service Include?
  9. Why Should I Maintain My Boiler?
  10. How Will a Service Save Me Money?
  11. What To Do If You Miss An Annual Service?
  12. The Importance of Boiler Servicing
  13. Boiler Servicing and Boiler Warranty
  14. The Types of Boilers and When They Should be Serviced 
  15. How to Service a Boiler Yourself  
  16. Heating Connect and Your Boiler
  17. Why Use Heating Connect?
  18. To Conclude: Why You Should Get Your Boiler Serviced Annually

What is Boiler Servicing?

During a boiler service, an engineer will visit your home and carry out a series of checks on the central heating system. They will check the boiler and its controls, paying particular attention to any potential weak spots, leaks, or corrosion damage.

After that, they will make checks including that the key components are functioning properly and the air pressure control is correct. Additionally, there is a smoke test to ensure that no hazardous emissions are coming from the boiler.

Once this is complete, the engineer will clean the boiler as needed and leave a report stating the work carried out. The report includes what steps you can take to keep the boiler running efficiently throughout the year.

If there are any issues with your boiler, the engineer will repair it according to the manufacturer’s requirements. Always book a gas safe registered engineer and never try making repairs to the boiler yourself.

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Why Do I Need a Boiler Service?

Having a boiler service every year is vital to the running of your boiler. It’s similar to an MOT for a car. Your boiler provides heating and hot water to your home so it’s important that you look after it. The service picks up any issues with your boiler and allows for minor repairs, which is obviously much better than it breaking down completely. The reasons for an annual boiler service are as follows;

To Keep Safe

Safety is paramount to the team of engineers at Heating Connect. A boiler service will identify any safety issues such as carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas that can quickly cause health problems and even death. If you are aware that your boiler is not working well, for example, the flame is orange instead of blue, contact an engineer straight away even if your annual service has not expired.

Save Money

As boilers get old, they become less efficient. It means that more fuel is needed to heat up the house, which in turn leads to higher bills. An annual service helps keep all the working parts of the boiler in top condition to provide long term efficiency. Ultimately, keeping your boiler running efficiently means you can also keep your energy bills down and save money.

Legal Reasons

For some people, an annual boiler service is imperative. If you are a landlord or commercial property owner, you must have an annual boiler service by law. The Landlord and Tenant Act from 1985 require that landlords keep in good repair and working order installations that supply water, gas, and electricity. They are also responsible for servicing the installations.

Tenants generally assume responsibility for daily maintenance and must report problems as soon as they arise.

Landlords must keep copies of the service checks and supply the reports to tenants at the beginning of each tenancy. For landlords, neglecting this duty could lead to fines or even court appearances if there is an issue in the property caused by the boiler.

Maintain your Warranty

A new boiler installation usually comes with a 1-10 year manufacturer’s warranty. Any failures during this period of time will be repaired free of charge by the manufacturer of the boiler. However, the warranty is only valid if the boiler is serviced annually by a gas safe engineer.

If you should hire an engineer who isn’t on the gas safety register, you could jeopardise your warranty. Furthermore, if you fail to book and complete an annual service, this could also affect your warranty.

Cost of a Boiler Service

The cost of a boiler service depends on the type of boiler, it’s brand, and age. Checks and maintenance may take longer on an older model.

An average one-off boiler service costs anything between £50-£120. At Heating Connect, a boiler service with a gas safety registered engineer starts from £55.

Your boiler may come with a warranty that covers repairs including parts and labour. If you don’t have a warranty, you may want to consider this. Local companies are normally cheaper than national companies.

How Long Does a Boiler Service Take?

The time it takes to service a boiler also depends on the brand and model of the boiler.

With Heating Connect engineers, the maintenance of the boiler should last at least 30 minutes. The engineers then provide service reports explaining their work. You may have questions about the boiler service, and you can always ask your engineer at the time.

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How Often Should You Get Your Boiler Serviced?

A boiler needs to be serviced every year to guarantee that it is safe and efficient. Furthermore, it keeps your warranty in place and is a legal requirement for landlords. The ideal time to get a boiler service is in the summer because you are less dependant on heating and hot water at this time. It’s also good to have a thorough check of your boiler before the winter months set in to ensure that there are no problems ahead of the cold snap.

Additionally, it’s a less busy time for engineers and it may be easier and quicker to book one. If there is a problem with your boiler and you think it’s malfunctioning at any time of year, then contact an engineer. Even if your annual service has not expired, there could be a safety issue. You can discuss this in detail when contacting an engineer.

At Heating Connect, all our engineers are on the Gas Safety register and we are happy to help service your boiler as and when you need it done.

Benefits to Getting Your Boiler Serviced Annually

The benefits of getting your boiler serviced annually are manifold. At the top of the scale is the safety of you and your family which can be affected if your boiler breaks down or is in a dangerous condition. Essentially, you want a warm home and hot water. In light of this, here are the following benefits of an annual service;

Extend your boiler’s life

Firstly, regular maintenance can extend the life of your boiler. Boilers are generally considered old if they are over 10 years old. There are many working parts to a boiler and due to the heating mechanisms, these naturally suffer from wear and tear. With regular annual services, small repairs can take place extending the life of the boiler.

Reduces the need for boiler repairs

An annual checkup reduces the need for repairs. Not to mention, reducing repairs also saves you money. Small fixes can prevent issues from turning into a large emergency repair job. Perhaps your engineer checks the boiler and there are no problems this year. That’s down to regular maintenance with an annual service.

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Ensures your boiler is safe and healthy

Essentially, a boiler needs to be working safely. A boiler service helps to identify any serious problems such as carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas that can quickly cause health problems and even death. An annual check will give you peace of mind that your boiler is safe and healthy.

Makes sure your boiler is more efficient

As boilers get old, they lose their efficiency. This means that more fuel is needed to heat up the house, which in turn leads to higher bills. An annual service helps keep all the working parts of the boiler in top condition providing longer-term efficiency.

An old boiler uses more energy

Likewise, an old boiler uses more energy than a new one. This is because its components may not be functioning as well as they did due to general wear and tear. In turn, it takes longer to heat your home up due to running an inefficient boiler.

Saves money on energy bills

A boiler warranty can cover the costs of repairs and labour on a boiler. With an annual service, you will also get to save money on energy bills. Therefore, keeping regular checks on your boiler can save you plenty of money in the long run.

Saves you being cold

Ultimately, the main benefit to a boiler running well is that your home is warm! Obviously, this makes a big difference in the winter months. An efficient boiler and heating system will heat every room leaving no cold areas.

Catches problems early

Finally, regular maintenance can catch any problems early so that they don’t turn into large, expensive emergencies. By the same token, a breakdown in winter can be difficult to fix quickly as engineers are so busy at this time of year.

The Signs You Need a Boiler Service

When a boiler is over 10 years old, it may be time to start looking for a replacement. Perhaps you are calling an engineer for repairs on a regular basis. In the light of this, maybe you are topping
up the pressure or spending more and more money on quick fixes.

All boilers make a little noise, but in general, you shouldn’t be hearing any gurgling or banging noises coming from your boiler. This means it’s not happy!

Additionally, if your boiler flame is yellow, this could be dangerous. A healthy boiler has a blue flame. You need to contact a gas safety engineer if the flame is yellow.

Furthermore, perhaps after a boiler service, your engineer tells you that parts are hard to find to fix it. This is another sign that your boiler is getting old. Albeit that the boiler can be fixed, it’s worth considering a replacement at this point.

Finally, a water leak from your boiler can cause significant damage to your home and other parts of the boiler. A regular service will again, help to eliminate any small problems before they get larger.

What Does A Boiler Service Include?

If you’ve recently bought a new boiler and it’s due for a service, you may be wondering what does an annual boiler service includes? For a start, if you’re a landlord or commercial property owner, a boiler service is a legal requirement. If you’re a homeowner, it’s also a very good idea to get an annual boiler service for many reasons. Regular maintenance of the boiler is essential so that the boiler is safe and effective to use in your home or property.  It can also save you money and energy. 

So what does an annual boiler service include?

  • Firstly, engineers will check the boiler and its controls to make sure it is working properly. During the inspection, engineers pay special attention to any potential weak spots, leaks, or corrosion damage.
  • Checks are made on the key components and pressure control. An engineer will also carry out a smoke test to ensure there are no hazardous emissions coming from the boiler.
  • Finally, they will clean the boiler as needed and properly put it all back together again.  Then, you will get a service report which includes any steps to take to keep the boiler running efficiently throughout the year. If during the inspection, the engineer finds an issue with your boiler, they will repair it according to the manufacturer’s requirements.

Winter VS Summer Boiler Service

If you have a choice, getting a boiler service done in the summer rather than the winter is ideal. This is down to a number of reasons including convenience, cost, and efficiency.

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In the summer, thinking about your boiler may be the last thing on your mind. Nonetheless, it’s prudent to prepare for winter.

During the winter months, it’s more difficult to go without heating and hot water for however long the boiler service and any repair work takes. Furthermore, it may be inconvenient to have workmen in your home at that time. In winter, this is exacerbated. In view of this, an annual service allows you to get the work that needs doing completed before the cold weather arrives. Thus ensuring a warm and cozy winter at home.

Furthermore, during winter, it’s more likely that a boiler breaks down because it’s being used to its full capacity. Maybe you have extra people in the home. More showers and more cooking. Another key point is that your boiler is working efficiently to cope. With the number of boiler breakdowns in winter. It also means that the engineers are very busy trying to cope with demand.

An annual service in the summer can help to reduce breakdown costs and you’ll get the work done more easily. Essentially the only money you payout is on the service itself, not on continual repairs or emergency breakdowns.

At Heating Connect, we provide a very competitive servicing rate all year round.

Why Should I Maintain My Boiler?

Obviously, at Heating Connect, we strongly advise an annual boiler service. However, there are things you can do at home to maintain your boiler. Your boiler provides the heating and hot water to your home so it’s especially important that you look after it. 

The number one reason for this is safety.  With a gas installation such as a boiler, you need to be aware of the safety issues. An annual service will be able to identify any safety issues. However, if you smell gas at any other time, it could be a sign of a carbon monoxide leak. Turn your boiler off and contact an engineer.

Another good reason to maintain your boiler is to keep your heating bills low. Do you find that your rooms are taking a long time to heat up? Does the temperature fluctuate in your shower or bath? Are there cold spots on your radiators? An older boiler is less efficient. The more fuel it takes to heat your home, the more expensive your bills get. 

Furthermore, by maintaining your boiler, you can prevent emergency breakdowns. During the winter months, boilers are in constant use and this is inevitable when more of them break down. A cold house with no hot water can be very unpleasant, especially in winter. With regular maintenance, such as an annual service, you can help to reduce the risk of a winter breakdown. The annual service will pick up any small repair jobs before they become large emergencies.

In summary, it’s in your own interest to make sure your boiler is regularly serviced. It can save you money in the long run, save on energy, and help to prevent any major breakdowns. 

How Will a Service Save Me Money?

All new boilers come with a boiler warranty which covers a range of fitting and components in the event of a breakdown. Most manufacturers offer a 10-year warranty which is only valid if you have an annual service. Therefore a warranty is important for maintaining the health of your boiler system.  If your boiler does breakdown, the repairs are covered by the warranty. However, to ensure your warranty is valid, you must use a gas safe engineer. At Heating Connect, all our engineers are gas safe registered. Therefore giving you peace of mind that your boiler is covered. 

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A new boiler may be more modern and efficient but a warranty is still valuable and a good way of saving money.  It can save hundreds if not thousands of pounds on repairs. So even though you may have a new boiler, it’s worth following a plan for an annual boiler service. With this in mind, check your home insurance policy. Unless stated most home insurance policies do not cover the boiler. It’s best to check with your insurance provider.  Ultimately, a warranty on your boiler will save you money on repairs or breakdowns.

Another key point is that when your boiler runs efficiently, it does not have as much wastage. Therefore money spent on heating is actually put to good use and you are not wasting any. 

What To Do If You Miss An Annual Service?

As mentioned above, to ensure your boiler warranty is valid, you must book an annual service. But what happens if you forget or miss a service? There are one of two things you are able to do.

Firstly, contact the manufacturer itself. They will have a record of when your last service took place. If it has been close to a year then now is the perfect time to book it. Alternatively, if it is over that time period then arrange it as soon as possible. 

Secondly, contact the engineer who carried out your last service. They will have a record of when they visited your home. This will allow you to book a service then and there over the phone. 

At Heating Connect, part of our process is to ensure that we notify customers 11 months after their last service. This then allows ample time to rebook and you can make sure you’re within the annual deadline. It is not a legal requirement for homeowners to have an annual boiler service. However, you do have a duty of care to ensure your gas appliances are safe and not liable to cause harm to yourself or others. 

This is different for landlords, if you rent a home or property, it is a legal requirement to get an annual boiler service. Missing a service could lead to fines or prosecution if there is a serious problem with the boiler and you have failed to maintain it. Contact us at Heating Connect today to see how we can help you. 

The Importance of Boiler Servicing

We all rely on our heating systems, especially in the cold winter months, that’s why a regular boiler service is so important. 

A really important factor in getting an annual boiler service is to keep you and your family safe. Gas leaks are very rare but can be extremely dangerous and even fatal. 

By having an annual boiler service, your engineer can test and check to see that there are no carbon monoxide leaks. Furthermore, they can highlight any repairs to make it safer.

With this in mind, it’s a good idea to book your annual boiler service during the summer months. Then, you have peace of mind that everything is reliable and in working order when you need it most. 

Boiler Servicing and Boiler Warranty

In general terms, a warranty means that if your boiler or heating system develops a fault or breaks down, the manufacturer will send an engineer to fix or replace it at no extra cost. 

In times of emergency, a good boiler warranty can be the difference between breaking the bank or sitting in the warm with peace of mind. 

When you get a new boiler, in most cases, you’ll also get a manufacturer-backed warranty as part of the package. This could last for anything from 2-12 years, depending on what boiler you opt for. 

A key point here is that it’s essential to make sure your engineer calls the manufacturer to register your boiler for warranty. If you don’t activate it, you won’t get very far if you ever need to make a claim. 

A boiler warranty comes with certain terms and conditions. Firstly, you need a gas safe registered engineer to install and service your boiler. Secondly, you need to register a new boiler with the manufacturer within 30 days of its installation. Finally, the boiler manufacturer may insist that your existing system is flushed through to clear away any debris. This is to ensure that the new boiler starts on a ‘clean slate.’ 

To sum up, without an annual service, you could make any warranty or insurance claim void.  By neglecting this, you are no longer covered for the costs of parts or labour of the boiler breaks down.  Therefore, it’s important to book a service every year. 

The Types of Boilers and When They Should be Serviced

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An annual service is usually enough to keep your boiler in top condition.

Most importantly, don’t wait until you have a problem before booking a service. If your boiler seems to be working well, it can be tempting to avoid servicing. However, problems can build up over time. Waiting until your boiler breaks down can lead to higher repair costs. 

It’s a good idea to get your boiler serviced in the summer months. Even though you might not be thinking about your heating system then. Actually, this is the perfect time to get it in tip-top condition before the winter. 

Combi Boiler

A combi boiler or combination boiler is one of the most commonly used within homes today. They are highly efficient and can serve both heating of water and home. They heat water directly from the mains, so when you turn the tap on there is instant hot water. 

Conventional Boiler

A conventional system is ideal for those that are already linked to a separate hot water cylinder. These boilers also need a cold water storage tank in the loft so homes must have the extra space.  Conventional boilers are also good for people who use a larger amount of hot water at one time.

System Boiler

System boilers require a cylinder in your home. This is because they then store hot water which is used on-demand. The installation however is relatively easy, as most of the internal workings are installed into the actual boiler unit itself. Even though this system requires a tank, it doesn’t have to be in the loft. Therefore, it is a good option for homes that don’t have that space. 

How to Service a Boiler Yourself

Specifically, don’t ever try to install or service a boiler yourself.  Firstly, it’s illegal to install or service a boiler in the UK if you are not on the Gas Safety register. Secondly, it’s not like dealing with ordinary plumbing, getting your gas connections even slightly awry could end up in an explosion. It’s very dangerous. 

Additionally, if you try to service it yourself, you will put any warranty or insurance cover in jeopardy, even making it void. Any gas installation must be serviced by an expert heating engineer on the gas safety register. 

Find Someone to Carry Out Your Service

It’s easy to find someone to carry out your boiler service. A good place to start is with the engineer who installed the boiler. However, you don’t have to do that. You can look around for a few quotes and choose the best deal. 

At Heating Connect, we have competitive pricing and a friendly team of staff. We have appointments available weekdays, weekends, daytime, and evening.  We’ll do our best to come to you at the most convenient time. 

You can call us to book your boiler service right now. 

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The Importance of Gas Safety and Checking ID

To service a boiler, your engineer must be on the Gas Safety Register. It means they have had training and experience in installing a range of different boilers and carrying out maintenance. At Heating Connect, all of our engineers are on the gas safety register. 

As a homeowner, you can check if your engineer is on the gas safe register through their ID. The ID card has details including the engineer’s photo, name, date, and a license number. You can check the license number on the gas safety website to confirm that everything is correct. On the back of the ID card is a list of work that the engineer is qualified to carry out, such as boiler installation and maintenance. 

It is important that you make these checks. Anyone else who is servicing your boiler and not on the gas safety register is working illegally. 

Heating Connect and Your Boiler

As your boiler is integral to your family’s comfort, it’s essential that you look after it. Generally speaking, your boiler provides both a warm house and hot water for baths, showers, and sinks.

To keep it working, especially in the cold winter months, it’s a good idea to get an annual service.
In fact, if you’re a landlord, getting an annual service is a necessity in legal terms. If you are a homeowner, it’s highly advisable to book a service each year.

Booking your service with Heating Connect is easy and you can expect a friendly member of the team to visit you at the most convenient time.

Our Boiler Servicing Process

There are multiple benefits to getting a boiler service. The most important factor is obviously the safety of yourself and your family. Gas leaks are very rare but can be extremely dangerous and even fatal. Servicing your boiler allows the engineer to test and check that there are no carbon monoxide leaks and leave you with peace of mind for the year ahead.

An annual service also keeps your warranty intact. If you have a new boiler, it will be a primary condition that to maintain your warranty you will need to have an annual service. Failing to do so will invalidate any future claims.

Additionally, any small fixes and adjustments that are found during the annual service can help to prevent expensive emergency repair jobs further down the line. For example, it’s better to re-pressurise an expansion vessel in a combi-boiler, than to have it fail and leave you without heating and a bill for hundreds of pounds. Furthermore, with regular servicing, you are lengthening the life of your boiler. When it’s well maintained, it will work efficiently and save you money on your energy bills.

So what can you expect from a boiler servicing process with Heating Connect?

Firstly, we follow manufacturer instructions for the servicing of the appliance. Don’t worry if you don’t have them to hand. We have access to a datable of manuals which we consult. The service will be carried out by one of our experienced engineers who are all on the gas safe register. You can be completely confident that our engineers are fully qualified and can legally maintain all gas boilers and equipment at home and in the workplace.

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This is what happens when you get a boiler service with Heating Connect

  • First, our engineers check the boiler and its controls to make sure it is working properly. During the inspection, engineers pay particular attention to potential weak spots, leaks, and corrosion damage.
  • Secondly, our technicians remove the boiler box and verify that the key components are functioning properly. It is essential not to remove the boiler box yourself. Only a registered Gas Safe heating engineer should do it.
  • Thirdly, we check the air pressure control to ensure the boiler is operating at the correct air pressure.
  • Next, a smoke test is performed to check there are no hazardous emissions coming from the boiler.
  • Then, if needed, we clean any components, and properly insert and seal the casing.
  • The engineer will leave a report stating the work done as well as any steps that can be taken to ensure the boiler continues running efficiently.
  • If there are any issues with your boiler, the engineer will repair the boiler according to the manufacturer’s requirements.
  • Finally, if you have any further questions about the boiler, please contact a Heating Connect engineer to talk it through.

Why Use Heating Connect?

A key point here is that a gas boiler service must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. It’s up to you to make sure this is the case with whoever you choose to service your boiler. With Heating Connect, we guarantee that all our engineers are on the gas safe register. Thus giving you peace of mind that the work carried out on your boiler is legal and safe.

Generally speaking, an engineer will spend at least 30 minutes servicing your boiler, but the time depends on the brand and model of your boiler. Our boiler service starts from £55.

The ideal time of year to book a boiler service is in the summer. This is because you are less dependent on your boiler, heating, and hot water at that time of year. Getting a boiler service in the summer means that you are well prepared for the cold winter months. You don’t need to worry about it when you are using it the most.

Furthermore, our engineers are very busy in the winter months as you can imagine. By booking a service in the summer, you can depend on a quick response time. However, if you are concerned about your boiler at any time of the year, you can always contact an engineer at Heating Connect whenever you need one.

In view of this, if your boiler has broken down completely and you need a new one, we can also help with that. Installing a new gas boiler can be an expensive process. But we understand this and can help you to make the best decision to meet your family and lifestyle needs. Therefore, we only work with industry-leading manufacturers.

To Conclude: Why You Should Get Your Boiler Serviced Annually

To sum up, at Heating Connect, we offer boiler service, repairs, and installation. With servicing, we can help you to stay safe, keep your warranty intact and save you money on expensive repairs. If your service report shows that you do need repairs to your boiler, we can offer same-day appointments, emergency call outs along with boiler and heating cover. Moreover, if you need a whole new boiler installation, we can do that too. Our teams are trained to give our customers exceptional service and solutions for all their heating needs.

If you are looking for an annual boiler service or an installation, get in touch with Heating Connect today to see how we can help you.

It is important and vital that you get an annual boiler service. Not only to keep your boiler running and heating your home, but to help save you money on any repairs that are needed.

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