First Published: May 26, 2023. Updated: May 26, 2023
Boiler Service Costs
Boiler service costs may go up as temperatures drop. Households become increasingly reliant on their central heating for comfort and warmth.
During the winter season, it is important to take care of the health of your boiler. If your boiler isn’t running as efficiently or it starts to develop faults due to irregular maintenance, you could be left without central heating until you are able to have the appliance repaired or replaced.
Here at Boilerhut, we are big advocates of regular boiler servicing as it prolongs the lifespan of your appliance and maintains its efficiency, saving you money on energy bills.
If you think your boiler may not be running as efficiently as it should, or are interested in upgrading to a much more energy efficient model, take a look at our range of boilers.
We’ll get you set up with the best appliance for your home and heating needs, ensuring that you and your family stay nice and warm through the cold winter months.
What does a boiler service include?
A boiler service is an annual test and inspection that ensures the boiler operates safely, correctly, and efficiently.
It is recommended by all boiler manufacturers that you have your boiler serviced once per year.
In some cases, your supplier or manufacturer may void your warranty if a problem occurs and you haven’t maintained the condition of your boiler with regular servicing.
The key thing to remember when looking after your boiler is that service and any maintenance should only be performed by a Gas-Safe registered engineer.
Anyone who is not qualified to access or tamper with the boiler could void your warranty and even breach legal guidelines.
During your boiler service, your Gas-Safe registered engineer will conduct a series of checks. These will include:
A visual inspection of the condition of your boiler
To preliminarily assess the quality and condition of your boiler, the service provider will simply evaluate a number of components visually.
They will be looking for any potential leaks, sites of corrosion and weak or misplaced parts.
Assessment of the boiler in use
Following the visual inspection, your engineer will turn on one of the hot taps, or switch on the central heating in your property to assess the boiler whilst it is fired up.
They will assess how long it takes to provide hot water and determine whether any faults occur during use, along with:
- Pressure check
- Check condensate trap
- Clean if required
- Clean burner with soft brush and check the condition of electrodes
During the visual inspection, and whilst the boiler is in use, your engineer will also take readings of the boiler pressure.
Most normal boilers should stand at around 1 to 1.5 bars when not in use, and between 1 and 2 bars when the heating is on.
Anything lower than 1 bar indicates that the boiler requires a water top up and anything higher than 2 bar may require the radiators to be bled.
If problems persist after these actions are taken, there may be specific problems to be addressed within the system.
The flue is one of the key safety components within the boiler. It allows for the safe dispersal of dangerous emissions that are generated within the boiler.
During your service, the fitting of your flue will be assessed and your engineer may assess whether it is clear from debris
At the end of your service, your Gas-Safe registered engineer will write up a service report that will indicate your boilers efficiency and any issues that need to be urgently addressed.
How much does a boiler service cost?
A boiler service can either be paid in a one-off charge or with monthly instalments on an insurance plan.
The cost of your boiler service may differ depending on your property and specific appliance.
On average, you can expect the service to cost between £80 and £160.
This fee will need to be paid each year as a boiler service should be completed annually.
Please note: An oil boiler will cost more. More information on Oil Boiler Installation here.
How boiler servicing saves you money
Whilst the annual cost of a boiler service may seem inconvenient, it may actually save you thousands of pounds in the long run.
There are several reasons why frequent servicing will help you avoid certain costs that are all related to the long-term maintenance of your appliance:
Catch problems early to avoid costly repairs
Your boiler is constantly running. It works to provide hot water either on command or by storing it for future use.
The result of consistent use is the degradation of the critical components over long periods of time.
Your annual boiler service is key to identifying components that may need replacing. By checking the operation and efficiency of boiler components, early repairs will prevent significant damage and costly repairs in the future.
Servicing is cheaper than a replacement
Without intermittent servicing, the quality of your boiler will quickly deteriorate.
As components begin to deteriorate, it drives the cost of repairing your boiler up significantly. Oftentimes, replacing the whole boiler may be more affordable, potentially costing hundreds of pounds.
Alternatively, frequent servicing ensures that you only require one annual cost to have your appliance serviced.
If you do require a boiler replacement, Boilerhut can ensure that the transition is as affordable as possible.
Our selection of high-quality appliances is sourced from leading boiler manufacturers across the world.
We offer top-quality boilers at an affordable price with expert guidance and installation included within the price.
Save on your energy bills
One of the crucial elements of a boiler service is determining the running efficiency of the appliance.
If the boiler is not sufficiently maintained, it could become inefficient, running up costs whilst inadequately heating your home.
Your boiler service will identify whether or not your appliance is running at optimal efficiency. If it is not, you can arrange for a power flush, which includes an intensive cleaning of your boiler to remove debris and rust to restore optimal running efficiency.
You probably don’t notice your boiler working on a day-to-day basis. However, you are likely to instantly realise when it stops working, or no longer works as efficiently as it should.
Yearly boiler services can stop anything this abrupt from happening and ensures that your boiler runs as efficiently as possible.
If the results of your boiler service indicate that significant repairs are required, or your boiler is older than 10 years, you may need to consider buying a new one.
Our selection of premium boilers here at Boilerhut will provide you with an impressively efficient appliance that will last for years to come.