Boiler Servicing: What You Need to Know
Anyone who has taken on their own home over recent years will be fully aware of the major technical differences when compared against the rental market. We’re not talking about the difference between a lease and a mortgage here, but other issues such as all the forms of insurance you can have and, as you may have gathered from the title, boiler servicing.
This is something that one would never consider back in the rental days; it’s an area left solely down to the landlord. However, with brand new boilers costing several thousand pounds to purchase and install, it goes without saying that the appropriate forms of maintenance is something that should be on the mind of every property owner out there.
Nevertheless, is it really for everyone? While some types of cover might not be essential, the importance of the boiler leads us to believe that you most certainly should invest in an annual service. Some people have likened its importance to an MOT and a car, which is probably the reason why the market is inundated with companies who provide these service inspections.
Why is an annual boiler service so important?
One could pen a whole dissertation on just why annual services are so important. We’ll start with the most important – safety. There’s a reason why carbon monoxide detectors are flying off the shelves and are one of the top pieces of safety equipment that the authorities recommend for homes; this is a substance that can kill. When a boiler develops faults, usually in relation to its ventilation, it can produce masses of carbon monoxide (which has been dubbed the silent killer, just to emphasise its dangers again).
However, there are other reasons. For example, if you happen to be a landlord, you’ll be breaking the law without a Gas Safety Certificate. This in itself should highlight just why annual services are crucial and really, one might suggest that it’s only a matter of time before they become a legal necessity for owner-occupiers as well.
From a financial perspective, the benefits of a serviced boiler should never be underestimated. As we highlighted previously, this is one element of the home which can become very costly over time. In other words, if it fails, boiler breakdowns can mean you are left to pick up a bill which could run into the thousands. By keeping your boiler ticking over with a service, you are continuously guarding against minor problems that can build up. Ultimately, you should prevent any faults, and the expense and hassle that usually accompanies them.
From a different angle, annual services can lower your heating outgoings. Engineers are trained to see if a boiler is performing as efficiently as it really should be and if it isn’t, they are able to make recommendations in order to fine-tune the situation and hopefully lower your heating bills in the process.
Ultimately, boiler servicing is something that is legal for some of us – but absolutely crucial for all of us. As well as the well-documented safety aspects, don’t forget that this service should be treated as an investment as they generally save property owners considerable sums of money over the long haul.