Is your boiler due for its yearly service?
Or have you forgotten the last time your boiler was serviced?
Having your boiler serviced annually ensures that your boiler is not only safe for you and your family, but that it is running efficiently. Boilers which are regularly serviced use less energy which means you save money on your gas bills and they are less likely to break down, saving you money on costly repairs or a new boiler installation.
Call our Leeds boiler service team and get a free quote and book one of our boiler engineers today. All of our gas boiler service engineers cover Leeds and the surrounding areas such as Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract. They are all fully trained and Gas Safe Registered so that you can be sure that they will provide you with a safe and cost effective gas boiler maintenance.
The Dangers of Not Servicing Your Gas Boiler
Did you know that at least one person a week dies in the UK as a result of faulty gas boilers?
Any appliance that runs on gas poses a number of risks to your health if it is not serviced on a regular basis, the industry recommendation is at least once a year.
Why Service Your Gas Boiler?
When gas burns it releases carbon monoxide, which is a very dangerous gas that can kill quite swiftly. One of the main problems with carbon monoxide is that it is a tasteless and odourless gas which means that even when it is present in the air, you will not be able to detect it and you will possibly therefore not get out in time.
It is very important for yours and your families safety that you have your gas boiler serviced regularly and by a fully qualified and gas safe registered boiler engineer. It is the only way that you can make sure that there are no deadly carbon monoxide leaks.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Whether or not you do get your boiler serviced regularly it is still very important that you are aware of the signs of a carbon monoxide leak. The first sign that you may notice is that gas flames on fires, cookers etc will start to burn an orange or yellow colour instead of the usual blue colour.
Other signs you might notice include:
- Sooty stains at the bottom of the pan mean that there is a leak somewhere in the flues.
- If you notice that coal and wood fires are harder to light it is an indication that there is a problem.
- A blocked chimney is a cause for immediate concern.
As for knowing whether you are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning some the symptoms you or your family might be feeling include:
- Drowsy and unusually tired
- And you may experience chest pains.
If you notice any of these symptoms on yourself or your family it is very important that you
- Open all doors and windows straight away in order to let some fresh air in.
- Get everyone out of the house right away and get a doctor to examine them.
If you live in an older style house it is recommended that you leave a window slightly open every time that you are using a fuel burning appliance.
For your safety and peace of mind it would be advisable for you buy a carbon monoxide detector. They don’t cost much and they have helped save countless lives from carbon monoxide poisoning.
In addition to boiler servicing, if you have solid fuel fires you should also make sure that your chimneys are swept on a regular basis.
Boiler Service And Maintenance Leeds
The cost of of boiler servicing will vary from company to company and although it is not cheap, it is a lot less than a boiler replacement cost, plus a boiler that has been serviced will use less fuel and will therefore reduce your fuel bill, so saving you money in the long run.
When you are looking for a someone to service your boiler you need to make sure that you only use a gas engineer who is registered with Gas Safe. Before letting them start on the job ask to see their credentials, all fully qualified boiler service engineers will be happy to show you there ID card.
If you are a tenant and not a homeowner then you should remind your landlord to have the boiler in your premises serviced at least once a year.
If you would like more information on our boiler maintenance service then contact our Leeds office for a free no obligation quote.
How To Ensure That Your Gas Central Heating Is Working Efficiently
In most houses with central heating the most important part is the boiler to supply the hot water. An average gas boiler is supposed to serve you for not less than twelve years without malfunctioning, the majority of manufacturers now give 10 year guarantees. But you need to take the necessary steps to make sure that it functions efficiently over its lifespan as outlined below.
a) Yearly Servicing
Servicing your boiler at least once a year is important to ensure that it meets regulations set out by the authorities, it is clean and also to check whether it requires some repairs. A Gas Safe engineer will be able to help you with this, and you need to schedule such servicing with them. In turn, this will cover you for unnecessarily high costs in the future.
b) Power flushing
Power flushing is an approach that is meant to ensure that certain anomalies that may be experienced with your heating system are corrected. In case some of the rooms inside your house are colder than others or if your gas central heating system takes long to heat up, you need to arrange for power flushing. These are just some of the reasons why you need such a service, and it should be done periodically to ensure that the system operates efficiently.
c) Make use of corrosion inhibitors
The inside of your central heating system is susceptible to the accumulation of scale and sludge, and as a result, you need to include corrosion inhibitors in your system. That will slow down the build-up of these impurities considerably, which prevent your heating system from functioning to the optimum.
d) Install heating controls
Sometimes, you may be incurring unnecessary energy costs in the course of using your gas central heating system. One of the ways to control such costs is to ensure that you maintain only the required temperature within your house. That is possible through the use of thermostats and thermostatic radiator controls, which also ensure that greater power is supplied to particular zones or rooms.
The heat produced by your gas central heating system should be retained inside the house because if it is lost as soon as it is released, then, the system will tend to consume more energy to produce more hence, the high cost of power. Insulating your doors and windows is an effective way to guard against heat loss or gain and as part of your draught-proof strategy, it will save you some significant amount of money over time.
f) Regular firing
Any heating system should be turned on from time to time throughout the year. That does not only need to happen when you need to use it to regulate the temperatures inside your house, but also when you do not need to use the system. Turning the system on occasionally for about 10 minutes or so is paramount if the system is to deliver as required when it is needed the most.
If you would like more information on our central heating and boiler servicing in Leeds and the surrounding areas then call our office and our staff will be happy to help you decide on the service that you require.