It is good practice to service your central heating boiler every year to ensure smooth running and efficiency of your heating system. Many Heating Insurance Policies insist on yearly servicing.
There is a recommended service procedure in the boiler manufacturer’s instruction book for every boiler so I will ask to see this on arrival; if you don’t have this book to hand I will follow the default service procedure set out in the old CORGI 'bible' for gas engineers.
The boiler service will include:
- Inspection of pipe work, with ventilation and clearance check
- Full testing of all boiler components and functionality
- Disassembly and cleaning of key components
- A visual check to ensure your boiler still meets current standards
- Checks to ensure flue terminals are unobstructed and internal flue components are sealed properly
- Gas valve adjusted to check that burner is combusting efficiently and properly (normally using a flue gas analyser).
- Gas tightness test conducted to ensure no leaks
- Apply the Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure if necessary.
- Customers will be informed if any boiler components are faulty or nearing the end of life.
- The costs of replacing new parts are not included in a boiler service.
- A gas fire, although appearing to be a more simple appliance, usually takes around the same amount of time as servicing a boiler because the flue/chimney system needs thoroughly checking.