Servicing Gas Boilers
Having a regular service on your gas boiler is essential, especially if you live in a rental property. Your landlord is legally responsible for making sure that your boiler and flues work safely. It can be costly to have your boiler maintained properly. It can also pose a danger to your family and yourself. Having a professional perform an annual boiler service can ensure that you avoid costly repairs.
With proper maintenance, a gas boiler should last between 15 and 20 years. If your boiler is over 15 years old, you should consider purchasing a new, energy-efficient model. You will save money on your energy bills and the environment. You can check your unit for problems using a voltmeter, multi-meter or circuit board.
Good service should include many different checks. This includes checking safety devices and water pipes, as well as the flow settings. The heat exchanger will also need to be cleaned. A faulty boiler can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. A pilot light can be fixed by cleaning out any carbon debris that may have accumulated. Leakages in the boiler’s water pipes should be detected.
It is best to service your boiler before the winter months begin. This will ensure that your boiler is in good working order for the colder months. You may need to organise a home visit by a qualified engineer if you’re living in a rented property. If you’re moving into a new house, you should get your boiler serviced before you move in.
The cost of your annual gas boiler service will depend on several factors. The speed of the inspection, the type of service and the size of the unit all affect the price. Some technicians have flat rates while others charge by the hour for more complicated jobs. If your boiler is in a difficult place to access, the cost will increase. While some technicians charge an annual fee for full cleaning and others only pay the parts, others may be more expensive.
Regular service is a great way to ensure your boiler’s top condition. A boiler certificate will be issued to confirm that the unit was serviced by an engineer who is Gas Safe certified.
Low pressure can be caused by a faulty boiler. Low pressure can also be caused by an inadequate expansion vessel, a leaky radiator valve, or trapped air. Your boiler can overheat if it has a poor circulation pump. If your boiler is malfunctioning, it is likely that the other parts are also failing.
A faulty boiler is not only dangerous to you, but it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. This is particularly dangerous if you don’t catch the problem in time. If you think you might have a leak, you should contact your local utility company.