The boiler is an integral component of your heating and how water system, and without it, everything would grind to a halt. Typically, a domestic boiler will last 5-10 years, depending on quality and frequency of use, and it is essential to have an annual service.
Whether you want to service a boiler in Bristol or Manchester, an online search will put you in touch with a gas safe heating engineer, who would make an appointment to carry out the service. A typical boiler service includes the following:
- Checking for Water Leaks – If your boiler develops a leak, it would most likely be due to corrosion, and the service engineer would inspect the unit, looking for signs of corrosion.
- The Burner – The engineer would have the central heating running and he would inspect the flame, which should be blue to indicate a clean burn. If the burn is yellow, then the engineer would recommend a replacement burner, or he might be able to make some adjustments, to make sure the flame is at optimum level.
- Thermostat – This device actually switches the boiler on and off, and should it be inaccurate, you could be using a lot more energy than you should. If the room temperature is correct, a faulty thermostat could keep the boiler burning when it is not needed, and this will see a considerable rise in energy use.
The ideal time to service your boiler is in the autumn, just prior to winter, when the boiler will be working very hard.