Get your boiler serviced now, winter is coming!

4/12/2018 10:50 AM

It might seem a bit early to start talking about long cold nights but when it comes to your central heating system, it isn't! We're all guilty of forgetting to worry about our central heating system until winter arrives, but it's important to make sure it's ready to take the strain. Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to get your boiler serviced now...

Gas Engineers are more readily available

With over a decade in the property management industry, I know that when winter hits and tenants start reporting issues with their boilers that engineers are few and far between. This is largely because the majority off the country turns their heating on at around the same time. Some boilers are off for around 6 months of the year, and this sudden call to action can be too much for some of them.

By servicing your boiler before it needs to step up and heat your home, you could avoid having to wait for an engineer to become available if there were any issues.

It may well be cheaper

Supply & demand! When engineers have less demand they may lower their prices to be more competitive and secure more work. The average cost for a one-off boiler service is around £80 - £110.

Prevention is better than cure

Looking after your boiler could prevent breakdowns. That small persistent issue you've been ignoring could be putting strain on your system, and lead to future failure. The average boiler repair is around £350.

Time to research

If your boiler is getting on a bit, then it might be time to consider replacing it before winter arrives. Sometimes repairing an old boiler can be false economy; one repair will lead to another, and so on... By acting now and replacing your boiler before you're relying on it to keep you warm, not only will you not have to go without heating and hot water for a few days, but you can also take time to research the right boiler for you (and find the best deal too!).

Save money on energy bills

If you are on the fence about upgrading your boiler your old boiler may be up to 70% less efficient than a new 'A' rated boiler (according to the Energy Saving Trust). This could result in a saving of around £350 per year!

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