A study has found that watching spending has become an ingrained way of life that consumers will continue with, even when their finances improve. It seems the recession has left behind a legacy of cautious consumers, with people needing a strong reason to part with their money.
An annual boiler service, however, needs to be seen as essential spending. In much the same way as a homeowner would regards a service and MOT for their car. Most people anticipate there will be ongoing costs associated with their vehicles and budget for them accordingly.
An annual boiler service provides some important benefits; it will ensure the boiler is safe, is performing efficiently and reliably, and maintains the manufacturer’s warranty.
The number one reason for a homeowner to have their gas boiler serviced regularly is safety.
Unfortunately, consumer awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is thought to be generally low across the UK. It is important for heating engineers to explain to their customers that unsafe gas appliances – those that have been incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained – can produce this highly poisonous gas.
According to the Department of Health, 50 people die each year from CO poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital. It is thought the true number is likely to be much higher, as the early symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu or tiredness.
Another benefit of regular servicing extends the service life of your heating system and ensures reliable, trouble-free operation. This is the only way to make sure that the energy from the fuel is used efficiently and cleanly, thus protecting the environment and saving on heating bills and the likelihood of breakdown, saving the homeowner money and minimising disruption without compromising high heating and hot water convenience.
Again, it is useful to draw on a car analogy. A homeowner will understand that things like replacing filters and spark plugs are essential to keep their vehicle in top condition, and that avoiding a scheduled service may have a detrimental effect on the way the car works, leaving them out of pocket in the long run. The same rules apply here, the boiler, burner and control unit form a system like that of a car engine which is essentially runs for many more hours than a car. If your car was in operation for the same amount of time as your boiler, it would cover more than 60,000 miles in a year. All car owners know that they need to have a service carried out at regular intervals. Therefore your heating system should be serviced at least once a year, much like your car.
An annual service is usually a condition of a boiler warranty – which is another important reason why you as the homeowner should invest. Today, boilers come with lengthy warranties, which should be seen as a sign of reliability, but the working parts still need to be checked annually.
Call us today to book your service on 01722 417873.
Sited: McCallum Layton study. HVP Magazine May 2016.
Written by ‘The Girl in the Office’.