It is really important that you look after your boiler and have your boiler service done regularly to avoid any unnecessary disturbances to your daily routine.
You boiler is an integral part of your home, powering both central heating and hot water.
Having a regular boiler service can go a long way to keeping it running effectively all year round.
While new boilers are more efficient than ever before, it is important to keep them this way; a boiler which isn’t working to full efficiency is sure to be costing you money on your fuel bill. A regular boiler service will ensure you boiler can perform at peak efficiency.
Not only does a regular service help to keep your boiler in top condition, it also ensures it is working safely. Although gas leaks are very rare in boilers, they can be extremely dangerous; a regular service gives you the peace of mind that your boiler is safe.
Ideal boilers recommend that you service your boiler annually to keep your boiler operating safely and at peak efficiency. Regular servicing also ensures your warranty stays valid.
It makes sure your boiler is ready for winter
Cold weather and turning the heating back on after being off for the summer are when most boiler problems occur. By having it serviced in the summer it should be good-to-go when you turn your heating on for the winter.
It’s more convenient
Not only are you going to be able to pick and choose the best date for you, because engineers aren’t as busy, if there is an issue that needs fixing it’s much less disruptive to have that done when you’re not reliant on the heating as you would be in the winter
an annual boiler service is obviously a good idea in terms of gas safety, but it’s also an important step in maintaining an efficient heating system – one that many householders overloSaveok unless they have a problem.
With the number of boilers in the UK numbering over 20 million, there are a lot of households requiring such work.
Winter may have gone, but it’s not a bad idea to start planning ahead, to encourage your customers to get their boilers serviced and perhaps upgrade your qualifications to ensure a good supply of work later in the year.
A typical annual service should take about half an hour and it’s good to begin with a quick chat to the householder; to find out whether there have been any problems since their boiler was last checked.
It’s also a great opportunity to show the customer your Gas Safety card, so that they know they’re in safe hands and you are qualified to undertake the work.
The service can be broken down into five separate, but essential parts:
How’s it all looking?
Give the boiler the once over; the pressure gage and seals as well as the safety devices all need to be checked, as does the flue.
It’s really important the flue is inspected both inside and out for any obstructions or external damage as blockage or damage can result in the production and leakage of potentially fatal carbon monoxide.
Fire it up!
Next it’s time to check what’s going on inside with the main components.
Once the casing is removed it will be possible to check the burner, the heat exchanger, main injector and the spark/sensor probe.
Assuming they’re all ok, the boiler can be safely fired up so that any working faults will become apparent.
Check the Flue Gases
The gases produced during burning need to be checked too.
Legally, installers will need a valid CPA1 (Combustion Performance Analysis) certificate for domestic appliances to undertake an analysis the gas produced by the boiler.
A boiler needs to burn the right proportions of gas and air to run safely and it’s the installer’s responsibility to ensure that the equipment used for this complies with BS 7967 – the safety criteria for testing where Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide are potentially present.
Clean it up!
Any dirty parts of the boiler should be cleaned and any worn out parts replaced, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Log and Report
Before you go, a service report should be completed so that the work undertaken is recorded in full.
A service log should be given to the customer, for warranty purposes. You can also use this as a reminder for the customer to book another service in twelve months time.