What You Need To Know About Boiler Repairs
Any type of boiler repair should always be done by trained professionals and should never be attempted by a person who is not certified as a Gas Safe registered heating engineer. Attempting repairs on your own or getting a person that is unqualified to carry out the repairs is not only dangerous, but may even invalidate the warranty on the boiler.
Obtaining The Best Boiler Services
Essex Annual boiler services are important to ensure your boiler runs safely and smoothly. However, it is never guaranteed that you will receive professional services even when you have hired a Gas Safe qualified and certified heating engineer. Here are some tips you can use to make sure you are receiving the best boiler services.
It is important to have your boiler serviced at least once a year by an Essex engineer that is a Gas Safe engineer. You can arrange for this type of service on your own or through the heating engineer. The approximate costs is around £72. Alternatively, you can obtain cover for your boiler through plans like Homecare, which will include boiler services, yet this will cost you over £200. It is also important to ask what is included in the service. Watch what the engineer is doing and use the following checklist to make sure they are covering the basics.
Your Checklist For A Good Boiler Service
– The engineer should conduct visual checks on the flame and the boiler.
– When possible check on the actual flue (internally and externally).
– Check on the operating pressure or/and heat input.
– Check on the case seals that they are forming a seal that is effective.
– The boiler casing has been removed so that the engineer can conduct checks on all the main-boiler components that include the heat exchanger, burner, sensor probe/spark and the main injector.
– The boiler is fired safely in order to identify working faults.
– Clean the boiler parts when necessary.
– A service report that shows all the tasks that the engineer conducted.
A professional boiler service will take a minimum of 30 minutes. If the service is any shorter, you need to ask why. The engineer must be able to produce written reports and make sure that it has been filled out accurately. If you have questions or concerns visit the gassaferegister.co.uk site or call them on 0800 408 5500. You may also want to consider contacting essexboilerinstallers.co.uk to fit a carbon-monoxide detector.
It is also important to know that the majority of the older systems might have parts like a fan, burner and heat exchanger that should be dismantled and then checked. This is typically not necessary for modern boilers, unless a flue-gas analysis is suggesting there is an issue.
Paying For Your Boiler Servicing
Before you pay for the repairs, check if the boiler is still covered by the initial warranty. Many of the latest boilers are accompanied by cover for labour and the parts in the first 1 to 2 years. Certain home insurance will also offer cover for a boiler breakdown, so it is worthwhile to check if you have any of these. Costs involved for adding a breakdown cover into your insurance cover is typically a lot less than getting breakdown contracts, but you will not receive the same type of benefits.