You press the button on your heating. But there’s no sound of it starting up. You check the radiators. Ice cold.

It’s freezing outside which is making its way inside and your boiler has decided now is the time to break.

It’s a scenario we all dread.

Make sure this winter, it doesn’t happen to you.

A boiler service or replacement is better to happen before it breaks. Avoid any emergencies of going without heating in the winter by getting your boiler serviced and if needed, replaced.

How often should you service your boiler?

You should make sure you have an annual boiler service. You should also service your boiler if you are selling your home.

Is boiler servicing or replacement worth it?

A gas boiler service may seem like another added expense, but it could save you A LOT of money in the long run.

If your boiler isn’t serviced regularly, it could mean its parts are not kept in good shape and result in it needing repairs a lot faster. And repairs are a lot more expensive than a service.

A service may also be mandatory if it is under warranty. If you don’t get your boiler serviced every year and something goes wrong with it, your warranty may not cover you.

Why wait until you have no heating before getting a service? Get it done when it’s convenient to you and not during winter when heating engineers have less availability.

Your boiler service certificate and boiler service record will both prove that you have serviced your boiler regularly which you need when selling your home or claiming from your insurance or on your warranty.

Does home insurance cover boiler replacement?

Generally, not unless you’ve paid extra for this or have emergency cover. There are boiler replacement grants that you may qualify for.

Upgrading your boiler could ensure you spend less in the future and make your home cosier.

How do I know if my boiler needs replacing?

The average life of a boiler is around 15 years. If your boiler is older than this or if you notice the following warning signs, then it might be time to get a boiler replacement.

  • Your heating bills are increasing
  • You notice rusting or a leak
  • There is a bad smell from your boiler
  • Your radiators take longer to heat up
  • There are strange noises coming from your heating system.

What’s included in a boiler service?

  • The integrity of the insulation and correct pressure going to the appliance are checked.
  • A test is conducted to check the emergency control
  • Installation is checked that it is gas tight
  • The boiler is visually inspected
  • The interior of the boiler is checked for any damage or leaks
  • The siphon is cleaned out
  • The burner is inspected and cleaned of any debris
  • A combustion analysis is completed to check the boiler is burning correctly
  • The air intake of the flue is checked
  • A second tightness test is carried out.

Who can service or replace a boiler?

You need a boiler service engineer. All our engineers are gas safe registered. They are also professionally registered with NICEIC, BESA, ECA, OFTEC, CHAS, Checkatrade, and Trustmark.

How do I prepare my boiler for winter?

  1. Get your boiler serviced
    The best way to keep your boiler in good condition and avoid any emergencies, is to get it serviced once a year. This avoids erosion of your appliance so it will last longer and makes your home energy efficient which saves you money.
     
  2. Bleed your radiators
    You may get air pockets caught in your system which means your radiators don’t heat to their full capacity.

    You can check this by feeling your radiators when the heating is on. If there are any cold parts of your radiator then it needs bleeding. You may also hear noises coming from your heating system which weren’t there before. This can be a sign of air in your system.

    Bleeding your radiators means getting the most out of your heating and can reduce your bills.It’s easy to bleed your radiators by doing the following:

    • Turn of your central heating system
    • Wait until your radiators are fully cold
    • Put a rag beneath your radiator as water may escape
    • Use a radiator key to open the radiator bleed valve
    • You may hear air hissing from it or see water leaking
    • When this has stopped, close the valve.
  3. Insulate your pipes
    Insulating your pipes or ‘lagging’ means encasing them in a foam tube. This will stop your pipes from freezing during cold weather and prevents burst pipes with costly consequences.

    Lagging is also energy efficient as it keeps more heating in and keeps your water hotter for longer.

    You can pick up insulation from any hardware store easily to stop any bigger bills in the future. Make sure to measure your pipes beforehand.

  4. Get or check your carbon monoxide alarm
    Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, so it’s vital that you have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. Just like a fire alarm, the carbon monoxide alarm will let you know if gas is escaping from your system.

    There should be a date on your alarm several years in advance. Remember to replace your alarm before this date lapses.

  5. Check the boiler pressure
    Boiler pressure issues can be caused by a loss of water from your system.

    Your boiler pressure should be between the 1 and 1.5 bar on your boiler. Check with your manufacturer if this is correct for your boiler.

    If the pressure is low, use your boiler’s filling loop to increase it. Low pressure means your home isn’t being heated properly and could cause higher bills.

    If your boiler pressure is high you may need to bleed your radiators or call in a heating engineer.

    If neither of these work, then there may be a leak and you should get a heating engineer to check it.

  6. Check your thermostat
    Change the temperature on your thermostat to make sure it adjusts. If your thermostat breaks it could mean a very hot house and high bills or a very cold one, resulting in you putting on every item of clothing you own.
     
  7. Check your boiler yourself
    While you may be no heating engineer, you can look at your boiler and see if there’s rusting or any signs of leaks.
     
  8. Have an emergency number on your boiler
    Ensure you have our emergency call-out service telephone number written on your boiler, to make it quick and easy to find should anything go wrong.

    We are available 24hours 365 days a year in Worthing, Chichester, and surrounding areas.

    Our emergency number is: 07793 580250.

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