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Ryan Gill, Engineer

31 Jan : Updated 15 Mar ● 8 min read

How often should your boiler be serviced?

If you are a homeowner, you probably know that you need to have your boiler serviced regularly. 

But if you are asking yourself, "How often should my boiler be serviced?" then we have the answer for you.

You should have your boiler serviced at least once a year to ensure it functions correctly and does not have any water or gas leaks. 

Not sticking to an annual boiler service could affect your boiler’s performance, you could experience a boiler breakdown, or you could even invalidate your warranty.

When should you service your boiler?

So, now that you know how often should a boiler be serviced, the question is: exactly when should you service your boiler?

Here are some instances when you should consider getting a boiler service:

It's been 12 months since your last boiler service

Keep track of when you last had your annual boiler service, and make sure you book your next boiler service within 12 months. 

You have recently moved

Unless you have a written record of services from the previous homeowner, you cannot tell for sure when the boiler was last serviced. 

It is best to play it safe and have a service carried out as soon as possible.

Keep track of this date to schedule your next services every 12 months from then.

If the efficiency of your boiler is degrading

Even if you have been responsible and stuck to your annual boiler service schedule, you might notice that your heating system is having some issues. This could be that the water does not get hot enough, you suspect a gas leak, or you see an increase in your energy bills.

If the efficiency of your boiler is dropping, it is time to schedule a service to find and repair any problems.

Service your boiler in the summer

Your boiler works overtime in the cold winter months, and, as such, we recommend that you schedule a boiler service in the summer months.

You will find and fix any boiler problems before the winter by scheduling service in the summer, meaning it’s in good working condition before you really need it during the colder weather. 

Who should service the boiler?

Whether you have a gas boiler, oil boiler, or combi boiler, it needs to be serviced annually by a qualified heating engineer. The engineer's type of qualification will depend on the type of boiler you have in your home.

When heating engineers come to your house to conduct your annual boiler service, always check their ID before they start to work to verify their identity and qualification.

Gas boilers

A Gas Safe Registered engineer must be appointed to work on a gas boiler.

Oil boilers

OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) registered engineers must be appointed to service an oil boiler.

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Why do you need to service your boiler?

During winter, your boiler and heating system work hard to heat the home and provide hot water to the household. There are many different components to a boiler, and they all need to be checked through regular boiler services to ensure all parts are working correctly.

Here are some reasons you should consider having your boiler service done regularly.

  • Your home will be safer. Gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning are not common, but knowing you’ve had your boiler serviced and done what you can to protect against these risks will bring you and your family peace of mind.

  • Your boiler is more efficient. If your boiler is working more efficiently, you will be saving money on costly boiler repairs and have lower energy expenses.

  • Issues can be detected before they become big problems. During a boiler service, the engineer will find and repair any problems that can become costly to fix if left untreated.

  • Breakdowns will be less likely. The types of checks that the engineer will run means it can diagnose problems early and prevent a complete boiler failure in the future.

  • Your warranty requires it. If your boiler is still under warranty, you risk having your warranty invalidated if you do not get an annual boiler service. This means that should something happen to the boiler; you will have to pay out of pocket for a boiler replacement.

What does a boiler service involve?

If you have your boiler serviced annually, the service will be relatively quick - anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how in-depth a clean and service the boiler needs.

Here is what will happen during a boiler service:

  • The engineer will inspect the boiler unit and the area around the boiler. They will be looking for any leaks, corrosion, or loose fittings, making sure there are no obvious signs of parts failing. 

  • The engineer will follow the manufacturer's instructions using their guidelines on servicing the specific appliance making sure not only visually that the appliance is ok but checking everything from the combustion analysis readings to the condensate trap is clean, they make sure they are guaranteeing safe operation by connecting specialist equipment to the boiler in various different ways.

  • They will have to physically clean out components to make sure the correct and safe operation of the boiler, including things like the combustion chamber and the filter etc.   

  • Once the boiler service is almost completed, the engineer is legally required to perform a certain number of checks ensuring the safe operation of the boiler before leaving the property including filling in gas safety paperwork. 

Note: these are just the general steps taken during a boiler service. Your engineer may follow a different process. The service process will also take significantly longer if any serious faults are noticed, and depending on certain readings they may need a more in-depth clean depending on age etc. For a more in-depth guide, read our guide on how often should your boiler be serviced

How much will a boiler service cost?

The boiler service cost will depend on several factors, including:

  • The type of boiler
  • The fuel your boiler uses
  • The rates charged by the servicing company
  • How difficult it is to reach the boiler
  • The brand and model of the boiler
  • The area you live in

So how much does a boiler service cost? Annual boiler service costs, on average, anywhere from £60 to £150, with £75 being the UK average. 

But rather than paying for a one-off service, why not consider taking out a boiler cover plan and make affordable monthly payments?

Here at BOXT, our Service Plan starts from just £7.99 per month and includes one service every 12 months by one of our friendly Gas Safe Engineers, and our Protect+ Plan has prices starting from £17.99 per month and includes the same annual service, alongside cover for your whole central heating system with repair or replacement of your boiler’s flue, boiler controls, gas supply pipe, radiators and valves, pipework and more.

How to find a professional Gas Safe engineer to service your boiler

Here are some steps you can take to find a reputable boiler engineer:

  • Ask people you trust. Your friends and family are well-suited to recommend a trustworthy engineer to service your boiler, as they have first-hand experience with them.

  • Ask people in the industry. If you know any tradespeople in a similar industry, ask them for their recommendations. If you are calling up companies in the industry, ask them precisely what they will do. This will give you an idea of how good they might be at their job.

  • Search the gas safe register. The gas safe register has a comprehensive list of qulified engineers and you can even search your postcode to fiund local engineers to you.

  • Search local directories. If you can find an online directory, look for a reputable service provider in your area. Some of these directories offer ratings for the services provided, which you can use to find a good engineer.

  • Compare prices. Once you have a few potential companies on your shortlist, contact them and request quotes. This will help you make a financially sound decision. Always check with the company that they do not have any hidden costs on the day of the boiler service.

  • Check what other customers said. See if you can find any testimonials on third-party websites that could tell you more about their service experience.

  • Speak to BOXT. We are great, we've vetted and checked all our engineers so you don't have to.

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Frequently asked questions

Organising a regular annual boiler service means you will get real value for money from your boiler unit as it will break less often, run as efficiently as possible, and survive for many years.

Regular services mean that any minor problems can be spotted before they become bigger and result in costly repairs. Servicing will also pinpoint any recurring issues with your boiler, which means you might have to get a more efficient boiler installed (rather than waiting for an old boiler to have a catastrophic breakdown).

Here are some final takeaways:

  • Your boiler service must occur annually (at least).
  • The frequency of your boiler service will depend on the type of boiler, its age, and the type of fuel.
  • It is better to have your boiler serviced during the summer months, and ready for the winter.
  • By servicing your boiler regularly, you are saving yourself money and keeping your household safe.

To book an annual boiler service with BOXT, you will need to sign up for one of our home cover plans. We’ll contact you around one month before your annual service is due to arrange a suitable date for your appointment.

Read: When does a new boiler need its first service?

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