What does a boiler service involve?
By Rebecca Fox on August 19, 2015
Having your boiler serviced on a yearly basis is essential to ensure it is operating safely and running effectively. When you do have a boiler service, an engineer will visit your home and perform a series of checks on your system.
You should always use a Gas Safe registered engineer and ask to check their Gas Safe ID card before they start work on your boiler. Here’s a look at some of the practices your engineer may carry out during their visit:
- Visual inspection - your engineer will check that the boiler still meets current standards and requirements and look for any corrosion or leaks. They will also visually check the flame in your boiler.
- Removal of the boiler casing – they will then check the components to ensure everything is working correctly and then clean the inside of the boiler. These checks should include the heat exchanger, burner, main injector and spark probe.
- Flue check – the engineer will ensure there are no obstructions in the flue terminals and that the flue is safely fitted.
- Gas pressure check – this will ensure your boiler is working at the correct pressure.
- Boiler fired up – this allows the engineer to check for any working faults.
The engineer will likely then give you a service report, explaining what they have done. Don’t be afraid to ask them any questions you might have regarding the boiler service, they will likely be very happy to explain things and advise you appropriately. If you are concerned that your boiler may not be working correctly, it is advisable to get in touch with a registered and qualified engineer even if your annual service is not yet due.