Does an annual service increase the lifespan of your boiler?
What is a boiler service?
A boiler service involves several checks performed by a qualified gas safe engineer. This ensures your boiler is working efficiently so that your property is safe as well as everyone in it. It's recommended that boiler services should be performed every 12 months.
What is a boiler installation?
A boiler installation is fitting of a new boiler in a property which includes connecting all pipes, valves, fittings and other controls. Modern boilers tend to last between 10-15 years and are most likely able to run efficiently for the duration of it's life.
Why boilers are important?
Boilers are vital in our homes, they enable us to have essential heating and hot water especially during the winter months. Older boilers tend to break down more often and parts are more difficult to get hold of, in order to carry out repairs. Newer models of boiler will come with a warranty which would have been registered when installed.
It is also very important to use qualified gas safe engineers such as those at G&K Heating who have the technical skills to install, repair and service boilers. This means you don’t have to worry about any poor workmanship and unprofessionalism.
Is your boiler still under warranty?
Several newer boilers will be covered with a warranty after the installation. If you’re not sure if you are eligible for replacement parts or other related costs, it’s always worth calling the manufacturer to double check. This way you will save unnecessary costs!
Benefits to having a boiler service
✅ The gas engineer will check that your boiler is running efficiently which reduces fuel consumption. This also better for the environment and your carbon footprint.
✅ Not having a boiler service can invalidate the warranty for your boiler. It is important that you check the terms and condition of your warranty to see if that is an essential procedure which ties in with your contract.
✅ An engineer may spot an issue with the boiler that can be salvaged before any damages gets worse. This resulting in extra charges which includes a whole new boiler replacement.
✅ The more often you get a boiler service completed, the more likely that your boilers lifespan will extend as issues can be dealt with and essential parts can be replaced if needed. In the long run it might be more financially beneficial to get a boiler service each year than have to replace a boiler years earlier than you initially needed to.
✅ The UK winter months are when your heating system will be put to the test and for longer periods of time! Making sure your boiler is working to it's very best during winter is essential as you don’t want to be left without hot water and heating on a cold winter’s night. Especially when you are expecting guests around Christmas!
✅ An annual boiler service keeps your family and friends safe. For any deadly gases such as carbon monoxide which cannot be seen, smelt or tasted its essential it’s monitored every year encase of any gas leaks.
Benefits to having a boiler installation
✅ Older boilers become less efficient as the years go by and result in larger monthly heating bills.
✅ Changing to a new gas boiler provides homeowners with a piece of mind which eliminates the fear of your boiler breaking down and not being able to afford to get it fixed.
✅ Your new boiler will likely be under warranty so you’ll be covered by the manufacturer for up to 15 years! (Check with your manufacturer for more details).
✅ Newer gas boilers are compatible with smart controls thermometers which allows you to alter the temperature of your house at the click of a button. This can also save you money on your heating bills.
✅ A new boiler looks more aesthetically pleasing which makes for a more attractive home.
✅ New boilers are slightly smaller which means it takes up less room and can fit easily in a smaller cupboard. Also providing more options for placement in a particular room.
✅ Newer boilers are quieter and burn emissions more efficiently so the noises aren’t a burden or at all concerning.
What else you can do to improve the lifespan of your boiler?
A powerflush is sometimes needed to deal with excessive build-up caused by your boiler and radiators inefficiency. The powerflush machine itself works by cleaning out any blockages you have in your system with an appropriate product and water. The older your boiler gets the more likely it is to need a powerflush. Two signs you might need a powerflush are the temperature of your home isn’t as high as it used to be and the bottom of your radiator being cold.
Bleed Your Radiators
A build up of air in your radiators can cause them from heating up like they should. What you should do is:
1. Turn off your radiators and leave for 30 minute.
2. Using a radiator key, open the top valve.
3. Wait for the hissing sound to stop and tighten back up.
4. Turn the heating on and check its warming better than it was before.
Turn on your heating in the summer
Inactivity can damage your boiler! During the summer switching on your heating isn’t something you’d normally consider. However, if you turn your heating on for 10 minutes once a month, it allows all the hydraulic components of the system to fire up and get moving.
Our boiler costs:
Boiler service: £65 + VAT
Boiler installation: From £1500 + VAT (Dependent on type, make, model, warranty)
To conclude we believe that getting your boiler serviced every year will allow it to work efficiently for longer. Boilers are such an expensive necessity that are a huge pain to fix or even replace. Any gas safe engineer will tell you that for the ease and overall safety of you and your household it is highly recommended to have your boiler serviced every 12 months.
If you want more questions answered surrounding a boiler service or boiler installation, get in contact with G&K heating and we will be able to give expert opinion on what’s best for your situation. We will also be able to give you a free boiler estimate on a boiler installation, just give us a call on the number below!
☎️ 01273 457742