How to service a boiler
Over the years, boilers have been reported to cause severe injuries and even death. This fatalities have often been attributed to overuse of boilers, faulty equipment and gas leaks, all linked to poor or lack of regular maintenance of these home essentials. That is why servicing your boiler should be on your priority list.
So how do you service a boiler? Boiler servicing varies from boiler to boiler. Smaller, home boilers may not require technical servicing as they are used less pretty much during the year when it is warm. In fact most homes only use their boilers during the cold seasons of autumn and winter, the rest of the year, the boilers stay unused. It is advisable to service your boiler during summer to avoid unnecessary rush when the cold weather kicks in. It is recommended to service your boiler at least twice a year. Bigger, more advanced boilers for hotels and factories however require specialist and regular servicing.
Some people prefer servicing their own boilers, which is allowed if you have an engineering or mechanical background, but not advisable for people who do not. The results can be fatal. The best recommendation is to get a boiler service from a qualified professional.
Boiler cleaning services are not expensive. For example service from well known British gas services www.britishgas.co.uk is 79 pounds for the small home boilers and up to 409 pounds for bigger more technical’s models. Off course the price varies depending on size, type and condition of boiler. The residence of the client is also a key factor as they tend to transport costs n their overall charge, especially if you stay too far out of their vicinity. The company has been known to take care of 3.2 million repairs and maintenance of boilers in the United Kingdom in just two years.
Alternatively, you can take a boiler insurance cover. This is an insurance cover that takes care of all your repair works .Most service companies have this splendid offer. British gas has a boiler cover too. You pay 22 pounds monthly and it covers all your regular servicing and repairs. They replace your boiler incase it gets old or happens to break down completely.
Surprisingly what boiler service companies do is not rocket science. Basically all they do is analyze the condition of your boiler. They check the physical condition, whether there is rust or any damage to the physical part of the boiler, identify faults in the heating system, check min boiler components such as the heat exchanger and sensor. They also ensure that there is no obstruction in the terminals, the all internal components are tightly sealed and the gas valve is in good condition and well adjusted. This goes a long way in preventing gas related accidents such as explosions.
At the end of the servicing the engineer will hand you a service contract stipulating the service he performed on the boiler including the invoice. So you will only pair for what was repaired other than just general servicing. This rule helps to protect clients, just in case the boiler breaks down again when the service company claimed to have repaired it.