Ryan Gill, Engineer
31 Jan : Updated 24 Oct ● 8 min read
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.
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:
Keep track of when you last had your annual boiler service, and make sure you book your next boiler service within 12 months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Gas Safe Registered engineer must be appointed to work on a gas boiler.
OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) registered engineers must be appointed to service an oil boiler.
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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.
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:
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.
The boiler service cost will depend on several factors, including:
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.
Here are some steps you can take to find a reputable boiler engineer:
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:
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.