Why is it so important to be Servicing your boiler every year?

Too many people believe that Servicing your boiler can be a waste of time or money. Also many people believe that it is ok to do it every few years. A boiler service may pick up issues with the boiler and also any issues with the gas coming into the property. Furthermore Servicing your boiler can also identify any degradation of the flue or boiler. During a boiler service your gas engineer can also check the boiler for the right mixture of gas and air. They will also check the condition of the seals between the products of combustion and your family. Therefore we suggest booking a boiler service every year by a gas safe registered engineer.

Servicing your boiler

What is involved in Servicing your boiler?

This is one of the most popular questions our customers asks us. A boiler service will involve:

  • Checking for the right air/gas mixture
  • Inspecting the flue for any damage or loose connections
  • Testing the gas coming into the property is correct.
  • Checking the boiler has the correct pressure coming in along with the correct sized pipe from the meter to the boiler.
  • inspecting for leaks.
  • Checking the boiler is burning the correct amount of gas.
  • Testing any safety devices.
  • Inspection of the boiler and flue.
  • Checking of the condition of the appliance including the effectiveness of any seals, gaskets, the cleanliness of heat exchangers etc. and checking for any signs of heat or other distress .

As a result, the boiler service is an essential part of looking after your heating and hot water system in your home. For this reason we ensure your boiler gets the love and attention it deserves.

My Gas engineer was only here for 30 minutes, is this normal?

A basic Boiler service usually takes around 30 minutes. However a full service will take longer. Why not ask your Gas safe registered engineer to find out if your boiler requires a full service.

What is the difference between a full and basic service?

With all condensing boilers there are 2 levels of boiler service. A full service should be completed every 2-5 years (Manufacturer dependent.)

  • A basic boiler service includes all the above checks
  • Full boiler service includes all the same checks as basic service but we also clean out the heat exchanger and burner. As a result we may also replace electrodes and any seals required.

Contact your local gas engineer to find out if your boiler is due a full service. It may help to provide the make and model of the boiler before you book.

What is an Appliance Safety Check?

An appliance safety check at a minimum includes all the tests to ensure the appliance is safe to operate:

  • Testing the air and gas mixture is correct.
  • It is of a type suitable for the room in which it is located.
  • The casing is physically stable and securely fitted
  • There is an adequate and permanent air supply suitable for the appliance type installed.
  • Any flues or chimneys are operating correctly
  • All safety devices function correctly.
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Do I need to get my boiler servicing done every year?

The answer to this is always yes. Servicing your boiler is a requirement to keep the warranty valid. More importantly boilers have regulators on them and these are mechanical. Mechanical parts often break down and require regular testing and inspection. So if you haven’t had your boiler serviced recently, why not call your local gas safe engineer today?

My gas engineer came and serviced my boiler and a week later it broke down. Why didn’t they pick it up on the service?

You may of noticed in the above boiler servicing list that we dont check the water components. This is because we are not checking the correct operation of any water components. If we were to check all components, we would spend around 2 hours on the service. This would increase the price quite dramatically. Furthermore, a test would still not guarantee the component condition and would not prevent the boiler breaking down.

How long should my boiler last?

A boiler does not have a specific life span and every boiler is different. There are a few items that you can do to prolong the life of your boiler.

  1. Keep your heating system topped up with inhibitor. You cannot over inhibit your heating system but you can under inhibit your heating system.
  2. Getting a power flush on your heating can reduce the amount your boiler has to work and increase its life span.
  3. Installing a magnetic filter installed on the return to the boiler to prevent sludge entering the boiler.
  4. You can also turn your boiler down. Turning your boiler down can be more economical in the short and long term. Setting your boiler to around 3/4 power can prolong the life of your boiler.
  5. Servicing your boiler can pick up on faults before they damage the boiler beyond economical repair.

Consequently we recommend looking after your boiler each year to help reduce unexpected bills. Above all, make sure you give your boiler the love and care it deserves. After all it looks after you 365 days a year.

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Whats the difference between Corgi and Gas Safe?

Corgi was the previous awarding body, which has now closed down. Gas safe took over in 2009 as the awarding body. Any gas engineer that visits your property must be Gas Safe registered. Checking this is as simple as asking to see their gas safe card. Ensure you ask to see the back to check they are qualified to do the work required.

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What is Gas safety week?

Gas safety week is a week where gas engineers and gas related businesses try to spread the word about gas safety in the UK. The week is a great opportunity for all involved to increase awareness and improve standards within our industry.

Why do we need a gas safety week?

Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning

Does Gas safety week make a difference?

We certainly hope so. The aim of gas safety week is to improve standards and teach consumers the dangers of using non registered engineers, it also highlights the warning signs of dangerous appliances and helps consumers know when something isnt right, which in turn will save lives.

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What can I do to help spread the word about Gas safety week?

One of the easiest things you can do to spread the word is follow @JASPlumbing on social media and share any posts to spread the word on gas safety. You never know, you could save someones life. Feel free to contact us to find out other great ways to get involved.

So what Can I do to make sure I am gas safe?

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.

  • Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
  • Look out for friends and relatives. Some people may be unable to arrange their own gas safety check or may be unaware of what they need to do to keep safe. Help your loved ones by ensuring that they have their appliances checked and serviced regularly.
  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
  • Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and on the Gas Safe Register website.
  • Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.
  • Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too. Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.

For gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

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How do I check my gas engineer is qualified?

Check the ID card Only an engineer on the Gas Safe Register should fit, fix or service gas appliances. It is important to check the identity of the gas engineer when they arrive to carry out gas work. All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe ID card; you may prefer to check this card for the person that you care for. All gas work is different, and the back of the ID card tells you if they’re registered for the specific job you need them to do

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I am a landlord, are the rules different?

Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords must make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. 

If you’re a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:

  • Gas pipework, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
  • All gas appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use have an annual safety check. Your tenants can report you to the HSE if you don’t provide one, so it’s important to remember! You can set a free email and/or text reminder so you don’t forget, visit StayGasSafe.co.uk.
  • A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
  • You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record until two further checks have taken place.
  • Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.

I am a tenant, can I just leave it all to my Landlord?

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.

  • Check your Landlord’s Gas Safety Record. By law, your landlord must keep gas pipework, appliances and flues supplied for you to use in good condition. They must arrange a gas safety check of the appliances and flues every year and give you a record of the check. If your landlord refuses to provide you with one, you can report their details to the HSE: bit.ly/LGSRReport
  • Check any gas appliances you own every year. Your landlordis not responsible for gas appliances that you own, so you should arrange for these to be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500, or ask to see their Gas Safe ID card when they arrive.
  • Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and the Gas Safe Register website.
  • Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.
  • Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too. Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.

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