Are you worried about ever-increasing energy prices? Perhaps you’re looking for ways to keep your costs down? You’re not alone.
When there are so many demands on your finances, it’s all too easy to let your boiler maintenance slip, especially during the summer months when heating your home isn’t the first thing on your mind.
However, if your boiler isn’t functioning at its optimum level, it’s almost certainly not going to heat your home efficiently. You also need to consider safety: carbon monoxide or gas leaks that can be fatal.
So what should your approach be?
Kevin Treanor, Director of CORGI HomePlan, offers his top tips for keeping your boiler costs down while ensuring you receive a quality service and – most importantly – stay safe.
TIP 1 – Regular servicing is crucial for a healthy boiler
The single most important step you can take in looking after your boiler is to have it serviced every year.
Homeowners often think of boilers like cars. Buy a new one and you don’t need an MOT for three years. Unfortunately, boilers don’t work this way; they start to deteriorate as soon as they’re fitted.
Service regularly and you’ll ensure that:
TIP 2 – Ensure that your engineer is Gas Safe registered
Regular servicing is essential for boiler health. However, you need to make sure that every engineer who inspects, services and carries out work on your boiler is properly qualified.
How do you this? By ensuring they’re Gas Safe registered.
It’s a legal requirement for engineers to carry their Gas Safe Register identity card, which shows their Gas Safe Register number, alongside their photograph.
Always ask to see the identity card when an engineer arrives at your house. If an engineer doesn’t have their ID, or isn’t willing to show it, you shouldn’t let them carry out any work on your boiler.
TIP 3 – Don’t be afraid to question your engineer
A good engineer will be happy to explain the process of the service, what they’re looking for and anything you can do to help.
If they’re not immediately forthcoming, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You need to make sure that you understand any problems and know what steps you need to take.
Asking questions means it’s less likely that you’ll experience problems with the standard of work that’s carried out.
TIP 4 – Ensure you adhere to safety best practices
On top of regular servicing, there are other steps you can take to ensure your boiler stays safe.
TIP 5 – Run your heating for 15 minutes each month
It seems counterintuitive to put the heating when it’s hot outside. However, if you turn it on for 15 minutes every month throughout the year, you’ll stop your pump from becoming clogged up with grit.
You’ll also ensure that you keep all your boiler’s moving parts in order.
Ultimately, the benefits of regular maintenance far outweigh the alternative. First and foremost, you’ll know that you and your family will be safe and warm.
What’s more, you’ll avoid spending on costly one-off repairs or, worse still, a new boiler.
Finally, you’ll ensure that you’re heating your home in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
Are you looking for total peace of mind? CORGI HomePlan comprehensive policies start at just £16.99 per month.