Whatever type of boiler you have, you should already know by now that annual maintenance and servicing is of the utmost importance. With annual servicing and maintenance, you can ensure that your property is protected from carbon monoxide leaks, but servicing and maintenance can also ensure that your boiler is in tip-top shape and works as efficiently as possible and to its best capacity, leading to savings on your hot water and heating bills as well. If you still have doubts about the benefits of regular maintenance and servicing, here’s what you need to know about the importance of maintenance and servicing for your boiler.
To replace or maintain?
Not many people are aware of the cost of boiler maintenance versus the overall cost of replacing an entire boiler. In fact, some home and business owners think that the annual cost of boiler servicing is too high, and then they are suddenly surprised when they find out that replacing their boiler when it breaks down completely is even more expensive. If you think about the overall cost of maintenance and servicing and compare this to how efficient your boiler works and how long it works, it is often much more affordable to have it serviced regularly. Besides, there are commercial and domestic boiler servicing companies, such as www.milgas.co.uk, which can give you a special package or ‘heat plan’ which ensures that you get annual servicing plus breakdown coverage for a good price. There’s one thing you should remember, though: when you are considering maintenance and servicing for your boiler, you have to make sure as well that it is compliant with the different standards for Gas Safety, and that a Gas Safe engineer certifies this compliance.
A more durable and longer-lasting boiler overall
With the right care and maintenance, your boiler can last for a very long time indeed. In fact, there are some boilers which can have life spans of 15-20 years or more, as long as they are duly cared for and maintained. This certainly takes care of your boiler investment, doesn’t it? And if your boiler is on the new side, it has the opportunity to last an even longer time. But remember this as well: the lifespan of your boiler is often different from the lifespan of its various parts, so sensors, gauges, and pumps will have to be checked annually and replaced when needed. The 15-year lifespan refers mostly to your actual boiler and doesn’t often include its different parts. But if you also want to increase the lifespan of the components of your boiler, the best way to do it is with annual servicing. This way, the engineer can perform checks and test and calibrate all the different parts to make sure that they are working correctly. By making sure that everything runs properly, you can address problems or issues while they are still small – before they become major problems with disastrous consequences.
What you need to check
There are some typical causes of boiler breakdown or failure which you should know if you want your boiler to last as well. Some common causes of malfunctions or failure include corrosion and the build up of pressure as well as leaks. By learning what to watch out for, you can quickly correct damage from water and replace parts such as pumps and seals before the situation worsens. There are other signs you should also watch out for, such as cracks, discolouration, and brown spots, and if you see any of these, you should contact your Gas Safe engineer right away.