Top tips to maintaining and having your boiler serviced
Plumbco Services Southend provide our customers with peace of mind when it comes to boiler safety, we are boiler breakdown and repair specialists, with over 26 years combined experience in the Southend, Westcliff and Shoeburyness areas. We have put together the below boiler servicing guide to assist our customers with those everyday boiler repair questions.
Why should I get my boiler serviced and how often?
The simple answer is that you should get your boiler checked for safety and efficiency reasons, ideally on an annual basis. However, unless you are renting your property out to tenants there is no legal requirement to do so.
That being said, as it is one of the most important features of your home providing hot water and central heating, an annual boiler service can be good practice to follow. It can be a great way of identifying issues before they develop into more serious problems. Not only can it ensure the efficiency of your boiler but it is a brilliant safety check. Faulty boilers can account for up to 250 hospitilisations a year for non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. So for protection and peace of mind it is worth getting your boiler checked.
Regular services can also help save money and reduce costs. Ensuring your boiler is running efficiently means that you will not see any unexpected rises in your energy bills and identifying issues before they progress means saving money on future repairs.
Plumbco Services Southend offer a competitive and professional service. As qualified gas engineers with over 26 years experience, you can be assured that our servicing will be of the highest quality.
We offer a thorough service, carrying out a number of tests to ensure that your boiler is both safe and efficient.
Boiler service checklist
- Boiler controls – to ensure that they are functioning correctly
- Gas and pressure flow
- Internal main components
- Flue and combustion releases
- Safety devices
- Water and gas pipework
- Electrical connections
- Seals – to ensure that they are intact
We will also ensure that there are no traces of carbon monoxide in the air. As it is invisible to the naked eye and odourless we need to ensure that your home has no exposure. Even the smallest amount of exposure can have negative impacts on your health. We will also be able to assist with fitting a carbon monoxide detector if you do not currently have one in your home.
As well as carrying out the service we will be on hand to provide any information or advice to help you maintain your boiler.
We offer competitive pricing and cover Southend and the surrounding area, so please get in touch if you would like to discuss pricing.
Is my boiler broken?
Annual boiler services are a great way of identifying issues early to prevent future problems, however, we all know that this doesn’t stop boilers from breaking.
The safety aspects aside, the inconvenience of not having access to hot water or central heating on a cold day can be extremely frustrating.
However, if you smell gas, the risk could be even bigger than you think.
You should never try and fix a boiler yourself, not only can this be fatal but working on a boiler without the relevant experience can invalidate your warranty.
However, there are certain things you can check if you think there may be an issue with your boiler.
- Check your gas supply – if you think there may be an issue with gas supply then check other appliances such as gas hobs.
- Check your power supply – If you don’t have power you won’t be able to ignite your boiler. Most boilers now have a digital display so check whether that is on.
- Check your condensation pipe – On very cold days the pipe can freeze causing your boiler to shutdown for safety.
- Check the thermostat – Are the controls still set correctly?
Other symptoms may be a cause for concern and may warrant calling out a gas engineer, such as:-
- Are you using more gas than usual? This could be the sign of a leak.
- The colour of the pilot light – The flame should be blue, if it is yellow or orange there may be an issue.
- Are there any noises or banging coming from the boiler?
Whatever the cause for your concern, boilers are an important and dangerous feature in your home. The best course of action is to always call out a qualified gas engineer. PlumbCo Services are your trusted company in Southend offering friendly, trusted and competitive priced services.