Why now is the perfect time to book your boiler check

Published: 13th September 2021 Read time: 9 minutes
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With the change in seasons comes the colder weather and that can only mean one thing – finally turning our heating back on! But often the extra workload which our boilers must suddenly endure, combined with freezing temperatures outside, can lead to a whole host of problems that can often lead to repairs or even replacements being required.

That’s why there is no better time than now to book your boiler safety check! Instead of waiting until the last minute – amid the big winter freeze – plan ahead by booking in your boiler check sooner rather than later. Not only will you avoid the winter waiting list when others remember to get theirs checked too, but you can rest easy knowing that your boiler is safe for use for the harsher months ahead.

Why get your boiler serviced now?

If you've ever experienced a boiler breakdown in the dark depths of winter, you'll know just how hellish this can be! Not only is it a huge inconvenience, but due to temperature drops outside, winter is the most common time for boiler breakdowns – meaning engineers are busier than ever with repairs.

However, by getting ahead of the crowd and booking in your gas and boiler check now, you can rest easy come winter, knowing that your boiler is in perfect working order. It’s also worth bearing in mind that regular boiler checks identify minor faults early and stop them in their tracks. Leaving your boiler unchecked for long periods of time only leads to smaller faults festering. In time, what was once a niggle, can turn into a much bigger problem, resulting in higher costs when you do eventually get an engineer out to repair it. By booking your boiler check in now, you could save yourself a significant amount of money.

Another reason to get your boiler checked often, and perhaps the most important of all, is that faulty gas boilers can be a serious danger to your health and anyone else residing in your home. A boiler that is not working properly can cause fires and explosions. Just as dangerous is the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is untraceable if your home does not have a carbon monoxide detector installed.

It is imperative that you get an expert engineer out to look at your boiler regularly. You should also monitor your boiler yourself, spotting any of the following means it should be switched off immediately and an engineer called to investigate:

  • If you can smell gas or fumes
  • If you or any member of your family living within your home is experiencing headaches or sickness when your boiler is switched on
  • If you can see signs of scorching or black marks on or around your boiler
  • If the pilot light repeatedly goes out

Ensure your chosen engineer is registered on the Gas Safe Register. Any qualified engineer will be able to show you that they are on this register, giving you peace of mind to know that your boiler is being checked by a certified professional who is qualified to do the job properly.

Once your boiler check is complete, your engineer should provide you with a boiler service certificate once it’s been deemed safe for continued use so that you can be sure that everything is running as it should be.

How often should a boiler be serviced?

We strongly recommend that you book a boiler safety check at least every 12 months. The more regular checks you get, however, the better! To keep your boiler running smoothly and safely, an annual boiler service is essential. According to a Which 2021 boiler reliability survey, out of 8,000 boiler owners, 7 out of 10 found appliances that had been serviced annually had never needed a repair.

If you’ve recently bought a new home, it’s important to check how old your boiler is. At City Plumbing, we would always recommend getting a Gas Safe Registered engineer out to check your boiler regardless. This way you can rest easy knowing that your boiler is fit for use for yourself and anyone else within your family home.

What does a boiler service include?

If you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’ve never actually had to arrange your own boiler check before, you might find yourself wondering what a boiler service includes. Getting your boiler serviced requires a range of different tasks.

The most important first step is ensuring you’ve hired a Gas Safe Registered engineer to come out to service your boiler for you. Once they have arrived, your engineer will first look for any visual inspections to look at the external state of your boiler, checking that everything is operating correctly. During this process, the boiler casing may be removed to look at its components, helping to identify any initial problems.

Next, the flue and combustion releases must be inspected. If you need to check these at home at any time, we provide flue kits which you can order online to your doorstep – with discounted prices for those who work in the trade.

Your engineer will then inspect and clean the main components that make up your boiler to make sure they are running accordingly and have no noticeable defects. This will include the main burner, heat exchanger, flue ways, and ignition pins. If any repairs or replacements are needed, your engineer will be sure to let you know promptly. Once all of the checks are complete, you will be provided with a record card which will include all of the current details documented that have been carried out during your boiler service. We advise that you hold on to this for safekeeping and present it to your qualified engineer at your next boiler safety check.

How Do You Know If Your Boiler Is Beyond Repair?

Sometimes a boiler is beyond repair and an entire replacement is required. It can be handy to know some of the warning signs that your boiler may be on the brink.

Higher bills are a sure tell-tale sign because damaged boilers don’t run as efficiently. Frequent breakdowns are the other sure giveaway that you may need a replacement boiler. If you have been experiencing either of these problems consistently, we recommend getting a qualified engineer out to check your boiler immediately.

They will be able to advise you whether your boiler can be repaired, or if it needs to be replaced entirely – something which may be a long-term cost-saving against regular repairs.

Trust City Plumbing for Boiler Supplies

As a market leader in heating and plumbing supplies, we have everything you need to ensure your boiler keeps you toasty and warm this winter.

Trusted by those in the trade as well as thousands of homeowners, explore our extensive range of boilers and accessories today.

Work in the trade? When you open a trade account with us, you'll be eligible for all of our discounted trade prices too! Find your nearest branch today to get everything you need.

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