A boiler service will include of a full check of a gas boiler. The engineer will assess the condition of the boiler, installation pipework, ventilation and any flue for wear and tear. They will strip down the boiler & clean out the combustion chamber, carry out performance tests, perform checks to ensure the pipework & meter are sound & no leaks have developed & take any necessary remedial action.
A faulty boiler can be extremely dangerous, increasing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s therefore best to get your boiler serviced every year to make sure it’s functioning properly & safely
What work is carried out during your annual boiler service?
A visual check to ensure your boiler still meets current standards
Boiler fired to identify any working faults
Boiler casing removed to check all main boiler components (burner, heat exchanger, main injector, spark/sensor probe).
All internal parts striped down & cleaned thoroughly.
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 using a flue gas analyser.
Gas tightness test conducted to ensure no leaks
Boiler casing put back on – check that properly sealed
You receive a service report that shows everything the engineer has done to maintain your boiler.
Why service my boiler?
Boilers should be serviced regularly. Servicing your gas boiler regularly will make sure they are safe to use. It will also maintain your boiler efficiency, performance and also some boiler makes such as Ideal validate the warranty.
Signs that your appliances need servicing?
Flue gas analysis
Gas Boilers should be serviced regularly but if you notice any of the warning signs below you should arrange for a Gas Safe registered engineer to service your appliance as soon as possible:
Your gas appliance is not working properly
Your appliance is burning with a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame
You can see black marks or stains on or around your gas appliances
The pilot light keeps going out
There is increased condensation in the room
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal and is caused by faulty or poorly maintained appliances. It is vital that you get your boiler and gas appliances inspected and serviced annually to make sure they are working as safely and efficiently as possible.
Gas Safe Register
Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the United Kingdom. Only a Gas Safe Registered installer is legally allowed to install, maintain and service gas appliances.
It’s vital that you check your gas installer is Gas Safe Registered. You can ask to see your installer’s Gas Safe Registration card or check on the Gas Safe Register website. If the installer can’t produce an ID card they are an illegal gas installer.
You may like to know that after you have had gas work carried out in your property you can nominate the installation for inspection by the Gas Safe Register.
Gas Safe Register is appointed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI on 1st April 2009.