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How often should I get a boiler service?

How often should I get a boiler service? 

You’ve just installed your brand new boiler. A sparkling installation from start to finish, hassle-free and everything is going according to plan. You sit back content, knowing you don’t have to think about your boiler for another 10 years – you’ve made it. If only it was this simple. 

The fact is, boilers need regular attention. They play a major role in your home: the power station for both your central heating and hot water. Such an important feature needs checking in on from time to time. If you don’t, you risk spending considerable amounts of money much further down the line.

Boilers are like cars. We depend on them a lot, but the majority of people don’t have the faintest clue what goes on under the bonnet. This is why boilers need to be checked-up on by experts, who know what they’re doing. We advise all boilers to be serviced once a year by Gas Safe registered engineers. You may be thinking: ‘what’s the point?’ Well, there are plenty of reasons why, but we’ve decided to whittle them down to three – which hopefully should have some backing as we are experts in executing a boiler service Bournemouth.

Boiler Safety

As with all things, safety is paramount. Your boiler may be tucked away, out of sight. But when things start to go wrong, you’ll definitely know something isn’t right. There are a number of things that can be incredibly dangerous if you don’t have regular check-ups, like: 

  • Gas

Gas leaks are rare, but things like corrosion, poor installations, wear and tear or electrical issues, can all lead to the dreaded gas leak; running the risk of explosions and potential carbon monoxide poisoning. 

  • Water 

Your boiler usually contains water up to 70ºC. Any leaks or bursts can cause serious damage to both your home or people nearby. We don’t like to scare people – and more often than not these things rarely happen – but boilers need check-ups to rule out the smallest potential risks. 

  • Electricity

We recommend all boiler services check all electrical appliances associated with the boiler. If there’s an electrical issue, sparks may occur and as we know, sparks and gas are a no-go zone.

  • Efficiency

Nothing stays brand new forever. Boilers will gradually become far less efficient and effective overtime – but if you don’t check, you’ll never know. An annual check-up ensures your boiler is working to its optimal capacity; not costing you serious amounts of money.

  • Warranty

The average boiler warranty lasts up to 10 years. This is usually an agreement between the homeowner and the boiler installers, that if anything is go wrong in this time, they’ll send out a boiler engineer to fix or replace the problem. It’s a great deal, as long as you do one thing: get an annual boiler service. If you choose not to, then you risk breaking the terms of the agreement and losing out on your warranty.

It’s worth mentioning that electric boilers don’t require the same level of care, but you should still get yours serviced every once in a while. 

Good times to get your Bournemouth boiler service

Carrying out boiler servicing Bournemouth it is a quiet task during the summer months. So, we’ll let you in on a little secret as to why it’s the best time to get your boiler serviced.

  1. Installers and boiler engineers have more available slots in their diaries during summer. Hot weather and boilers simply don’t go, which means engineers have far more spare time.
  1. Getting your boiler serviced in the summer also means you can go into winter full of confidence, knowing your boiler isn’t about to breakdown at any moment. 

If this has inspired you to get your boiler serviced, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. As the number one heating engineer in Poole and Bournemouth, we can be round in a flash to undertake a full Poole boiler service for you – excuse the rhyme 😉! 

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How Long Do Boilers Last?

There’s no denying the importance of boilers. In these cold and chilly winter months, they’re probably the most integral household feature – the heartbeat of your home. They keep the entire house warm, ensure rooms are cosy and welcoming, while pumping hot water to all of the radiators. 

Your boiler is the star of the show at winter. Such a key feature requires ongoing attention and a watchful eye. This is to guarantee your boiler is functioning to its optimum ability and not costing you excess amounts of money. It’s up to you to make sure yours is running in tip-top order – and one way of doing this is by working out how long your boiler is expected to last. 

So, how long can I expect my boiler to last?

Well, on average boilers last between 10 – 15 years. Of course, this is all dependent on the size of your boiler, its efficiency, and how well you look after it. If you’ve just installed a brand new boiler, you may be thinking: ‘great! I don’t have to worry about mine for another ten years.’ 

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. As nice as it would be to close the door on your boiler and not have to worry about it for a few years, as a homeowner you can’t afford to do this. Boilers can be temperamental. We rely on them a lot, which means they go through a lot, and subsequently, a lot can go wrong. 

Boilers need attention. So, we recommend getting an annual check-up to make sure yours is in perfect condition and not costing you considerable amounts of money. 

How do I find a boiler that lasts longer?

Think of buying a boiler like buying a car. It demands plenty of research and thorough planning; you need to find one that’s perfect for you and your family, tried and tested. To help you find a boiler that’s guaranteed to last, we’ve put together a list of things you should do when you need a new boiler installation. 

  • Select a Boiler That’s Reliable and Efficient 

Look for well-known boiler brands that are proven to work. Unlike other things in life where you may choose to experiment or try the latest styles, it’s always best to stick with a tried and tested boiler. Brands like Worcester Bosch, Ideal and Vaillant are always safe options. 

These types of boiler have been around for years and are fit for homes of all shapes and sizes. Nearly all boiler engineers will also be familiar with these brands, making your installation a much smoother process. When it comes to looking for boilers that stand the test of time, stick to legitimate and trusted brands. 

  • Choose a Boiler Fit for Your Home 

It’s vital you pick a boiler that meets the demands of your home. When selecting yours, make sure you choose one with the right kWh output. This is very important, so pay close attention: 

If your boiler’s kWh output is too small, you’ll only put excessive pressure on the system and increase the risk of frequent breakdowns. On the other hand, a boiler that uses excessive boiler power will only see you use more energy than you need – expect your bills to rocket. 

When buying a boiler, make sure you consult with the engineers and choose one that’s perfect for your home. Consider the size of your home, the number of rooms and how often you’re likely to be using the heating. All of these will help you make a much more informed decision. 

  • Make Sure You Get a Gas Safe Registered Engineer to Install Yours

A boiler installation is not something you can afford to cut corners on. That’s why it’s essential you get a Gas Safe Registered Engineer to install yours. Boilers can be dangerous if installed incorrectly. If you go for an unregistered plumber, you risk your boiler leaking and potentially letting out carbon monoxide. 

Take the safe route and get a fully qualified engineer to fit yours for you. This will rule out all possible health risks and also save you considerable amounts of money down the line. 

  • Organise an Annual Service 

This is probably the most important thing of all. Think of it like a dentist appointment. As much of a hassle as they can be, we all need them. An annual service ensures that everything is in running order and safe. 

If you don’t arrange these check-ups, you risk a minor problem turning into a major issue. The smallest of leaks will only get bigger as time goes on – costing you serious amounts of money and increasing the chances of a carbon monoxide risk. The easy option: arrange an annual service. 

This is also the same for repairs. If you notice something is wrong, don’t wait around. 

When should you replace your boiler? 

As we mentioned before, the 10 to 15-year mark is usually the point when it’s time to get a new boiler. Even if yours appears to be performing as normal, it’s likely its efficiency rates have diminished over time. 

No matter how proud of your boiler you are, when they get to this age, they start to cost more money than they’re worth. A much better option is to look for a new one. 

If you’re unsure whether your boiler is on its way out and need help to make a decision, here are some tell-tale signs to look out for that suggest it’s time for a new boiler installation: 

  • Frequent breakdowns
  • Unusual noises 
  • Strange smells
  • Leaks 
  • Radiators taking a long time to heat up 
  • High energy bills 

Sadly, boilers don’t last a lifetime. The average lifespan is 10 to 15 years, but that’s not to say you can neglect yours until then. Boilers need regular attention to ensure they reach their sell-by date. If you think your boilers on the blink, please give us a call. 

We’ll provide you with a free no-obligation quote and send out one of our engineers to assess what needs to be done.