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Why You Need an Annual Boiler Service

  • 15th December 2021
  • posted in: Advice

Your boiler might not cross your mind that regularly, until it starts playing up. And by that point, it could be too late. Your radiators start taking ages to heat up and hot water is hard to come by... time to call an engineer!

Sound familiar? What if we told you that you could avoid this happening? Having your boiler serviced annually could be the answer you’re looking for.

If you want to make sure your home stays warm in the winter and your family are safe from carbon monoxide poisoning, you should get your boiler serviced once a year. So, interested in booking a boiler service near me? At Able Group, we have a nationwide team with heating engineers local to you, so you can trust us to get to you within 30-90 minutes in an emergency.

If you’re unaware why having an annual boiler service is so important, this blog post will look into the reasons you should have yours checked each year.

Avoid a Carbon Monoxide Leak

Without having regular checks, a boiler can develop a dangerous fault which can cause serious problems. If the boiler doesn’t receive enough oxygen, it can start to produce carbon monoxide. 

This gas is usually carried through the boiler’s flue, but if the flue becomes blocked or your boiler has a leak, the carbon monoxide can escape into your home instead. By taking care of your boiler and having regular checks, you can feel safe in the knowledge that everything is running smoothly.

Carbon monoxide is also odourless and colourless, making it difficult to notice when there’s a leak, so it’s important to be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. If undiagnosed it can cause serious harm, even death, so it’s crucial to understand the signs, these include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and sickness
  • Fatigue and confusion

For even more peace of mind, you can install a carbon monoxide alarm to detect a possible leak.

It Can Save You Money

Yes, a boiler service is another expense to add to your list, but it could save you money in the long run. This is because it will be cheaper to fix minor issues with your boiler fixed as they happen rather than leaving issues for too long and having to get the boiler replaced when something goes wrong.

During a boiler service, a Gas Safe engineer will make checks to confirm your boiler is working efficiently. An efficient boiler is less expensive to run, meaning you will be saving money on your energy bills.

It’s Required by Law If You’re a Landlord

It’s the responsibility of the landlord to make sure boilers are serviced. They must arrange the safety checks with a Gas Safe engineer and maintain copies of the checks to give to tenants.

Tenants have the responsibility of maintaining the boiler and reporting any problems to their landlord. However, if you’re renting but own your own gas appliances, it is not the responsibility of the landlord to arrange safety checks for these, you should get these arranged yourself instead.

Peace of Mind

The safety of your family comes first, so getting a boiler service regularly will help provide peace of mind that your appliances are working correctly. Gas Safe engineers will conduct a range of checks, including leaks and any other safety issues, so you will feel reassured that your boiler is safe.

Find Issues Before They Get Worse 

Like with most things, smaller issues are easier to fix than large problems. If you ignore a small issue, it’s likely that it will eventually escalate to a bigger problem. You can avoid this by getting an annual boiler service. You will even save money on potential future repairs by fixing any small issues found during a service. 

Our expert engineers at Able Group have a wealth of experience finding issues and fixing them there and then, so you can trust us to get the job done efficiently.

Get Winter Ready

With winter approaching quickly, the last thing you want is to be left without heating or hot water. By getting your boiler serviced annually, you can make sure that your boiler is prepared for the winter, and you won’t be surprised by any serious issues when you need your boiler the most.

How Often Should You Get Your Boiler Serviced?

Most boiler warranties will state that you need to get a boiler service completed by a Gas Safe engineer once a year. If you don’t follow this and something goes wrong, you might not be covered by your warranty, so it’s worth checking what your warranty states to be sure.

When Is the Best Time For a Boiler Service?

Since you use your heating system less in the summer, it’s a good idea to get your boiler serviced during this time. You don’t want to leave it until winter in case something is wrong, and you’re left without one whilst getting it replaced. Heating engineers are usually less busy during this time, so it will be a lot easier to get one booked in during the summer at a time suited to you.

What Other Gas and Heating Services Do Able Group Provide?

From installing gas appliances to conducting boiler repairs, we’ve seen it all and we’ve fixed it all. Our engineers operate 24/7, so there will always be someone on hand at a time that suits you to help with your gas and heating concerns. We also offer free quotes and don’t charge call-out fees, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0800 051 8620 for boiler services near you.

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