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Having a gas boiler in good working order ensures a warm and comfortable home, a constant supply of hot water – and the safety of everyone who lives in the property.

Boilers usually spring to mind when thinking about winter but we rely on gas boilers to be efficient year-round. To meet this daily demand, it’s essential to care for your boiler properly, and the most effective way to do so is through a regular boiler service.

An inefficient boiler can result in higher energy bills and increased carbon emissions. Additionally, a well-maintained boiler is less likely to break down during the colder months – which are fast-approaching.

 

What Happens During a Gas Boiler Service?

During a gas boiler service, a Gas Safe registered engineer performs various tests, checks, and necessary cleaning to ensure your boiler is operating at its peak performance. This professional can identify faults, gas or water leaks, as well as ensure the safe and efficient functioning of your boiler.

Typically, a boiler service takes less than an hour, but the exact duration will depend on the specific appliance. Your skilled Gas Safe engineer will meticulously follow a comprehensive boiler service checklist to thoroughly inspect and confirm the proper functioning of all components.

 

Gas Safety Certificate

When a Gas Safe engineer has performed the safety check, you should receive official documentation detailing the inspection conducted on your property. This document, known as a gas safety certificate or gas safety record, may or may not be a legal requirement depending on whether you are a homeowner or landlord.

 

How Often Should a Gas Boiler be Serviced?

A boiler passing it's safety checkMetro Plumb recommend an annual gas service. This helps ensure the safety and efficiency of your boiler. Regular maintenance can also catch potential issues before they become major problems, improving the longevity of your boiler and reducing the risk of carbon monoxide leaks.

However, if you use your boiler heavily, such as in a commercial setting or in a home with high heating demands, more frequent servicing may be necessary.

It is always worth checking the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations for your specific boiler model. Some manufacturers may suggest servicing less often, especially for newer models. But if your boiler is between 10 and 15 years old, it might be a good idea to consider more frequent inspections and servicing.

Many boiler manufacturers require annual servicing as a condition of their warranty. Neglecting this requirement may void your warranty, leaving you responsible for repair or replacement costs.

 

Unusual Symptoms

If you notice any unusual symptoms such as strange noises coming from your boiler, reduced efficiency, or an increase in energy bills, don’t wait until the annual gas boiler service. Contact a qualified technician to investigate and address the issue promptly.

 

Our Gas Safe Engineers Offer a Range of Services

As Gas Safe specialists, our local plumbing experts can help you with a range of services including boiler servicing, boiler removal, installation, repairs, and maintenance.

The Metro Plumb team are available 24-7, wherever you live in the UK. Contact us today on 0800 415 514.

16th November 2023   |    Blogs