It is easy to take a trustworthy boiler for granted if it appears to be working properly, but you could have efficiency or safety issues developing if you don’t get your appliance looked at regularly. Depending on your circumstances, the frequency – or urgency – that your boiler needs servicing may vary slightly.
It’s generally accepted that yearly check-ups are enough to keep domestic boilers that see an average amount of use up to scratch. If for some reason your boiler is used very frequently, and therefore sees above-average wear, you can choose to reduce the time between services, but that would rarely be necessary.
Specialised boilers installed in domestic or commercial settings will have their own regulations that you will need to adhere to. The people responsible for public buildings such as schools, shops, hospitals or libraries will usually need to arrange to have boilers serviced every year, for example.
It is a landlords’ duty to ensure that safety checks are undertaken yearly, by a Gas Safe registered professional, on all gas-powered appliances in all domestic rental properties. If you are renting and aren’t sure when your gas boiler was last serviced, you should contact your landlord and make sure they’re carrying out their responsibilities. If you are a landlord, and using an agent to take care of the property, then you should carefully check the contract to see who is responsible for gas safety. If it’s not specified, it’s likely to be up to you. Remember to also keep copies of any paperwork produced.
Don’t forget that some warrantees may be invalidated if you don’t keep on top of the recommended servicing schedule. Even if your boiler is very new you should still book services, to keep your appliance in good shape as well as tick the boxes. Usually the timeframe is 12 months, however, it is worth checking your warrantee carefully to make sure that you don’t unknowingly fall behind.
Even if your appliance looks like it is working perfectly, servicing should be regarded as a preventative action and not just a check-up. DHS’s Gas Safe registered engineers have been carrying out boiler servicing in Bristol for over 40 years. If you need some advice on when to get your boiler serviced, or need to book a service, then DHS can help.
Call DHS today on 0117 924 7200, email us, or request a call back.
I appreciate the reminder that regular maintenance could be important for keeping a warranty valid, even if everything seems to be running smoothly. We’re thinking of buying a home that has a boiler in it, which we haven’t had to take care of before. If we go with that place, we’ll have to ask what sort of service the boiler needs to get.