Your boiler is one of the most important appliances to be found in your home. Not only does it provide the energy needed to heat your house or flat and keep it feeling cosy, it is also on hand to ensure that you and your family have piping hot water at the turn of a tap. With this in mind, it is really important that you make sure that your domestic boiler is serviced regularly. Knowing that your boiler has been regularly repaired by a registered Gas Safe engineer will give you peace of mind, and ensure that you can rely on the appliance to provide all the heating and hot water that you and your family could ever need.
What happens during a boiler service?
During your boiler service, a qualified Gas Safe engineer will usually inspect:
- The gas and pressure flow
- The boiler controls to ensure that they are working as they should do
- The flues to prevent or remove dangerous blockages
- The combustion exhaust gas to ensure that your boiler is burning gas safely
- The water and gas pipework to ensure that seals are correct and that there are no signs of corrosion
- The electrical connections
- The efficiency of any safety features and devices on your boiler
- The engineer will also clean boiler parts such as the heat exchangers as required while he is in there
- Check for signs of heat or any other distress to prevent failures occurring further down the line
The above is not an exhaustive list, and requirement may vary across different appliance types and models.
Regular boilers services help to prevent future failures
During your boiler service, your qualified gas safe engineer will be able to identify any potential problems that could arise from failing parts or worn out components. Some of the main components of your boiler can be expensive to replace, and difficult to get to. This could mean that repair costs quickly mount up as your engineer needs to spend time replacing worn out or non-functioning parts of your boiler.
To help keep costs down, and to ensure that your boiler is always safe and efficient, regular servicing and maintenance make it easy for your engineer to spot any potential problems in the early stages. This way, they can be fixed easily and your bill will be much less than having to deal with emergency repairs later down the line.
Regular servicing will ensure that your boiler is safe
A faulty boiler can cause anything from poisonous gas leaks to fires and explosions, and are often responsible for producing a highly poisonous gas called carbon monoxide. These faults usually occur when a gas appliance has been incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained, or if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked. Because nobody wants to live in the same house as a potentially dangerous or faulty piece of equipment, regular servicing can help to ensure that you and your family remain safe. Reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by insisting upon a regular servicing schedule for your domestic boiler.
If you happen to live in a property with a shared flue or chimney, you will need to work with your fellow tenants to ensure that your boiler is checked annually, as carbon monoxide gases could still enter your property through shared vents.
Regular servicing will help to keep your boiler running more efficiently
Ensuring that all of the internal components of your boiler are working exactly as they should do, will mean that it is able to function much more efficiently. A boiler that is regularly inspected and fault-free will work at maximum efficiency, using less energy and helping to prevent heat and energy waste all year round. Boilers that do not have to work hard to heat your home cost you less in terms of energy bills, and help to reduce your carbon footprint.
Landlords obligations and gas safety certificates
As a landlord, you are legally responsible for the safety of your tenants in relation to gas safety in the property they rent from you. This includes the repairs and maintenance of all gas pipework, flues and appliances as well as having an annual gas safety check undertaken on every gas appliance.
Boiler repairs and servicing fall under the responsibility of the landlord, and they should be serviced within the timeframe required by the manufacturer. The annual gas safety check must be conducted by a registered engineer and copies of each check must be kept for at least two years.
Who should I use to service my boiler?
Here at DHS-UK.com we have been helping homeowners to service their boilers for over 40 years, and counting. Our fully qualified, expert engineers know just what to do to keep your boiler running better for longer, and we are one of the South West’s most trusted firms for boiler servicing and repairs in Bristol.
If you need a Gas Safe boiler repair company to help with your new home in Bristol, call our team today on 0117 924 7200.