Your boiler is one of the most crucial pieces of equipment in your rental property. It helps to create a quality rental experience for your tenants yet if poorly maintained, it can be at best costly and at worst catastrophic. As a landlord, it is in your best interests to maintain your boiler on a regular basis. But this is not only to keep your tenants happy; it is part of your legal responsibilities as a landlord.
Risks of not getting your boiler checked
An inefficient boiler is a hazard to both your tenants and your wallet. If your boiler or any other gas appliances are not maintained, they may begin to burn gas inefficiently. This leads to increased gas bills, as more fuel is needed to complete the same tasks.
If any fault or inefficiency is left unchecked, it can lead to an even bigger bill: major repairs or even a replacement boiler. Many significant repairs are avoidable by completing regular gas safety checks. In the long-run, this regular maintenance can lead to significant savings over the cost of a new boiler.
Most of all, a boiler with a fault is an avoidable safety hazard. At worst, this could lead to a pressure build up within the boiler which can cause irreparable damage. Regular boiler servicing will minimise the risks of these hazards.
How often should you service your tenant’s boiler?
You are required by law to organise gas safety checks for your boiler annually, in accordance with The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. If your boiler is still under warranty, this annual service will ensure that the warranty is still valid, as well as adhere to gas safety laws. Why not beat the winter rush this year, and get your tenant’s boilers serviced as soon as possible.
Who should carry out your annual boiler service?
Your annual boiler service should be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer and not something that you can do yourself. Given the inherent risks of working with gas, taking a DIY approach is not only dangerous but against the regulations which govern this area of tenancy law.
It’s also important to ensure that your Gas Safe registered engineer is competent in the specific area of gas that you’re needing servicing. You’ll find that information on the back of their registration card.
Choose an experienced engineer
DHS are Bristol based Boiler company, specialising in boiler servicing, repairs and installations. They have over forty years’ experience, are Gas Safe registered, and can help you gain a Gas Safety Certificate.
Call DHS today on 0117 924 7200, email us, or request a call back.