Oil Boiler Service – Boiler Servicing for Oil Fired Combi & Regular Boilers
By Rob Hull on July 23, 2010
With today’s throw-away society, we are often lulled into believing that everything we own, is easily and cheaply replaced for better, newer items and that it seems foolish to service items in the home. Although this is true for our microwaves and DVD players, this is not the case with our oil boilers.
Due to the wear-and-tear from regular uses our oil boilers receive, they are prone to develop small faults – be it less energy efficient, a part wearing down, or the occasional judder and protest when we use more than our usual amount of hot water.
These issues, if ignored, will lead to more serious problems with your oil boiler, such as leaks, break downs, significant damage to your own home and even dangerous leaks, that could threaten the safety of you and your family. Regular maintenance by qualified, professional Oftec registered engineers will not only find any faults and repair them efficiently, but also put your mind at rest.
A regular check of your oil boiler may seem like another unwanted expense, but the price of a full boiler replacement in your home, not to mention the damage that a malfunctioning poorly-maintained boiler can do to your property, can run much higher.
When Should I Service My Oil Boiler?
Often issues occur in oil boilers at the end of the summer months, when boilers are again switched on to find that, due to under use, the parts have often seized. This means that the peak times for boiler engineers are at this time, and often right through winter to February. It is recommended, therefore, that you should service your boiler annually, between the months of February and October when firms are quieter, to ensure you receive the best value for money from your service.
How Much Will It Cost?
Depending on where you live, a full and thorough service by a Oftec registered engineer is likely to cost from £50-£180. Residents in larger cities such as London will often be charged at the higher end of this scale, with customers in smaller towns or villages often being quoted lower. When looking for a quote, be sure to ring around as many local qualified professionals as possible, to be sure to have the best deal and quote the name and brand number of your oil boiler, as well as it’s location and age, to ensure accuracy in the price.
As well as the regular essential services to your oil boiler, please be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home, close to the oil boiler. Not only will this provide you with essential piece of mind about your safety, if a fault does occur with your oil boiler – you will be informed quickly.