Is your boiler lockdown ready?
While we head into the winter months and could be spending an extended period of time at home due to COVID-19, it’s important to make sure that your boiler is running properly and effectively.
Especially while being at home (even during the day), you are likely to be using your boiler more than ever. In this article, we have put together a brief guide on how important an annual boiler service is, why you may need a boiler care plan, and the precautions engineers are taking during this time.
Why you might need your boiler serviced during these strange times
An annual boiler service is essential to prevent any unexpected boiler breakdowns. Especially leading up to winter, it’s important to maintain the well-being of your boiler and keep your manufacturer warranty valid. An annual boiler service will include checks and tests carried out by a Gas Safe engineer to ensure that your boiler is still operating effectively and efficiently without any faults.
What can I expect during a gas boiler service?
Boiler servicing should only be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. The engineer will visit your home and conduct various tests to make sure your boiler is functioning safely and efficiently. A annual boiler service will usually include the following:
- Boiler, controls (thermostats) and flue checks
- Gas and pressure flow tests
- Inspection of the inside of the boiler
- Inspection of water and gas pipework
- Checks on all electrical connections
Some Gas Safe engineers may also check that all seals are intact while trying to identify any leaks from pipework and internal components. In case you do need any additional work or repairs post boiler service, the Gas Safe engineer will typically provide you with any advice you may need to help maintain your boiler or required repairs. One of the most important parts of a gas boiler service is that you require an annual service to keep your boiler’s warranty valid.
What measures are engineers taking during COVID-19?
Engineers are continuing to deliver the best practices during this period, with any engineers considered at risk not attending call-outs and self-isolating. When engineers visit your home, they will take extra precaution including washing their hands on arrival and departure. If you are self-isolating, it’s important to let the engineer know, as they may ask you to let them in and stay in a separate room whilst they carry out the servicing work.
Why should I get a boiler care plan?
Boiler protection plans usually include an annual boiler service as standard without any additional cost. Without a boiler protection plan in place, one-off boiler services can cost anywhere from £60 to £100 depending on the age and model of your boiler. The price of the boiler service will be baked into your monthly or annual payments. You will also benefit from year-round protection and an entire base of engineers on hand to repair any issues that may arise.
Having that extra peace of mind over the winter months can be a godsend, just take a look at Hometree’s comprehensive boiler, heating and home care plans. Hometree offer plans for both homeowners and landlords (including all gas safety certification), with an annual boiler service and a whole host of other great features including:
A “no price hike promise”, no claims, no price hikes
- 24-hour emergency helpline
- 90% of emergency call-outs within 24 hours
- Landlord Gas Safety Record (for landlords only)
Hometree is also rated “Excellent” on Trustpilot!
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