Why you should have your boiler serviced.


When times are hard you may question why you should have your boiler serviced. You may consider it to be an expense you can eliminate from your household finances. After all, it seems to be operating satisfactorily and the house is warm and the hot water is okay so why pay out for a service?

Regrettably this would be short sighted thinking and could lead to your boiler becoming badly maintained, resulting in carbon monoxide production and inefficient use of gas, and in so doing escalating your heating bills. All gas appliances need to be serviced regularly to keep them operating efficiently and safely. Whilst they operate unseen for most of the time you should not ignore their maintenance requirements and the need for a yearly boiler service.

Boiler servicing and safety

When it comes to the cost of your life or that of a member of your family the money saved in having a regular boiler service just does not compare. Modern gas appliances using natural gas are very safe in the home but this is subject to the adoption of a regular boiler service as recommended by all boiler manufacturers. There is always a chance that a problem could occur, ventilation ducts becoming blocked for example or where insufficient oxygen is being supplied to the gas chamber will lead to the production of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is an odourless and tasteless gas which is lethal. Insufficient ventilation to a gas burner will lead to a yellow flame being produced and carbon monoxide possibly leaking into the room. Adults and children alike are affected by carbon monoxide and inhalation for a period of time will lead to death.

Boiler servicing and efficiency

If your boiler does not have a regular service then the byproducts of the burnt gas will build up inside of the boiler and gradually reduce its efficiency. Gas is a very expensive commodity and a 5% reduction in efficiency will lead to a large increase in your yearly gas bill, this could easily cost far more than the typical cost of a boiler service.

Also having a regular service will enable us identify whether any boiler parts are about to fail and this could avoid a boiler breakdown in the future. Whilst you may have to pay for the parts now, identifying these issues during the boiler service will save you coming home one day to find out that you have no heating or hot water.