The following is a guest post
With winter on the way, many households will be preparing to batten down the hatches, turn up the heating and spend toasty nights in. However, your boiler is essential to the success of this plan – which is why leading home repair and improvement blog DIY Newbie is reminding its readers of why having an annual service is so important in the run up to the coldest months of the year.
One thing to note is that some comprehensive boiler insurance policies come with an annual service included, which could certainly ease the burden of paying for this annual check up.
Here’s just some of the reasons why enlisting the services of a Gas Safe Register-approved engineer every year is so important.
It could save a packet on repairs
Boilers have to work hard to keep your home warm and there’s a whole host of problems that can arise, especially with poorly maintained boilers. The biggest issues can spring from the smallest faults, so letting an engineer give your boiler a once-over could nip problems in the bud before they develop into major issues. This could save hassle further down the line as well as money, too.
It could keep your heating costs down
Along with checking for faults and fixes, your engineer will also be looking at how efficiently your boiler is running and make recommendations on repairs and replaces that could boost this. Remember, the more efficiently your boiler is running, the lower your energy bills should be in the long run.
It may save your life
Badly maintained boilers can prove fatal – so it’s important that they’re checked regularly for safety. Faulty boilers can leak carbon monoxide, known as the silent killer as it cannot be seen, smelt or tasted. Common symptoms include headaches and stomach pains, although it’s recommended you fit a gas detector to alert you of a leak before you reach this stage of illness.
Landlords could be breaking the law without it
In many countries, landlords must have a gas safety check – carried out by an engineer – every year under strict regulations. After the check is complete, the landlord should also issue tenants with a certificate to prove the work has taken place.
It needn’t cost the earth with boiler cover
If you’ve got comprehensive boiler cover, you may find that an annual service is included with your policy. In this case, by taking out the insurance, you’re effectively spreading the cost of your annual service, while also protecting yourself against any potential issues throughout the year, something that could offer real peace of mind in the current economic climate.