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You should get your boiler serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.


Things to consider and watch out for

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Ask what will be included in the boiler service. A good boiler service should last at least 30 minutes. If it’s shorter than this, ask why. Ask for a written report and check it is accurately filled out. If you have any concerns, contact DD WILSON GAS ENGINEERS. It's also worth getting a carbon monoxide detector. Although the checklist should stand you in good stead for most boilers, remember that not all are alike. Most older conventional systems, for example, have parts such as the heat exchanger, burner and fan that need to be dismantled and checked. This is not usually necessary for a modern boiler unless the flue gas analysis suggests a problem.


Paying for boiler servicing

Before paying for repairs, check whether your boiler is still under its initial warranty. Most new boilers typically come with cover for parts and labour in the first one or two years. Some home insurance also covers boiler breakdowns as standard or as an optional extra, so it's worth checking if you already have this. Adding breakdown cover to insurance cover is usually much less than getting a breakdown contract, but you don't get the same benefits.

Here's what should take place as part of a boiler service:

  1. A visual check of the boiler and flame

  2. If possible, Check on the flue (externally and internally)

  3. Checking the operating pressure and/or heat input

  4. Checking safety devices

  5. Check case seals for an effective seal.

  6. The boiler casing was removed to check all main boiler components (burner, heat exchanger, main injector, spark/sensor probe)

  7. The boiler fired safely to identify any working faults.

  8. Boiler parts cleaned, if necessary

  9. A service report showing everything the engineer has done

 


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