If you want appliances to last for as long as possible, you need to look after them. For appliances such as boilers, which are used literally every single day, you’ll need to arrange for regular maintenance to keep them operating at their best. Neglecting those maintenance sessions can lead to a range of different issues – here’s why they’re so important.
The boiler will last longer
Boilers don’t last forever. They have a finite life expectancy, generally up to about 15 years. However, regular maintenance is necessary to ensure that they’ll reach the end of that life span. This is something that you definitely need to keep in mind when looking at the costs associated with boiler maintenance – buying a new boiler is a lot pricier than annual boiler services from somewhere like Able Plumbing, and you’ll likely save money in the long run.
While boilers themselves are expensive, they’re not the main heating-related cost that’s been rising in recent years. With gas prices still at relatively elevated rates, despite recent drops from an all-time high, people are looking for ways to increase their heating efficiency wherever possible.
Boilers need servicing regularly to keep them working at their best – this will also allow them to use less gas to heat your home, thereby saving you even more money, especially during those colder winter months.
It’s not safe to leave them alone
Boilers don’t just magically heat up water – they’re literally small, controlled fires. When boilers malfunction, they can become extremely dangerous. While fires are quite rare, malfunctioning boilers can emit an odourless yet deadly gas called carbon monoxide. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure that the boiler is operating in a safe manner, not just to ensure their efficiency and longevity.
While it’s always a good idea to get your boiler serviced, in rental properties, it’s a legal requirement as well. Under the Landlord and Tenant Act (1985) landlords need to ensure that they get boilers in their properties serviced at least once a year. Even if there isn’t a serious malfunction, failure to adhere to these regulations can result in serious legal repercussions.
Fewer unexpected repairs
Finally, if you don’t get your boiler serviced, you’ll likely have to get an engineer around anyway to fix it when it inevitably breaks down. Essentially, it’s not a question of avoiding boiler maintenance altogether, but of whether you want to do it on your own terms or not. If your boiler does break down due to lack of maintenance, it will rarely be at the perfect moment. Boilers tend to have issues when they’re under a lot of pressure, which tends to be during cold spells when you need to use the heating.
We hope that this has emphasised just how important regular boiler maintenance is. While avoiding these maintenance sessions might seem like a way of economising, it will almost always end up costing you more in the long run. From increased efficiency to avoiding catastrophic boiler failure, it’s worth looking after all of your heating appliances.
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