Do I Need to Get My Boiler Serviced Annually?

Regular boiler maintenance and servicing are essential to prevent breakdowns. Annual checks of your boiler will keep everything running safely, smoothly, and efficiently. At MPH Plumbing and Heating, we understand the demands of home maintenance and how overwhelming it can be. Below we’ve explained boiler servicing step by step, so you can know exactly what to expect. We’ve also outlined the importance of getting your boiler serviced.

What is a boiler service?

A boiler service is a thorough check of all parts of your central heating system. This helps to ensure that it’s all working efficiently. Your system will also be thoroughly cleaned to prevent blockages. During an annual boiler service, your engineer will look out for any components that may fail soon. This enables you to plan repairs before they become an emergency. The most important part of a boiler service is checking your system to ensure that it’s operating safely. To book your boiler service with an experienced gas safe engineer, call MPH plumbing and heating today.
All of our engineers have the expertise needed to provide you with a thorough boiler service. Each engineer follows a standard boiler service checklist which we have outlined below:

Boiler Service Checklist

Visual inspection

Your boiler service will start with your engineer visually inspecting your boiler. This involves removing your boiler’s casing, cleaning and checking its internal parts, and making any necessary adjustments. This also allows your engineer to check for any signs of distress or damage before they lead to an emergency plumbing situation.

Operation and control 

Your boiler includes several controls and safety devices. These will need to be tested to ensure they are operating correctly. If required, your engineer will make any necessary adjustments or suggest any necessary repairs.

Flue and Combustion releases 

Construction, termination, and the route of the flue pipe from your boiler to the outside of your house will be checked. This will involve ensuring there are no obstructions and that everything has been safely fitted.

Cleaning the main boiler components

During a boiler service, your engineer will remove and clean your system’s main components. This will help the engineer notice any faults and ensure that all of your parts are still fit for purpose. Parts in these checks will include; the heat exchanger, ignition pins, flue ways, and main burner.

Further Checks 

Once the initial key inspections have been completed, there are further tests included in a boiler service. These can include:

  • Flame sense device and whether it operates correctly
  • Pilot burner and any cables and probes
  • Measure and recorded gas pressure
  • Measure and recorded water pressure
  • Carbon monoxide check
  • Boiler operation
  • Provision of adequate ventilation
  • Flue effectiveness
  • Heating controls
  • Electrical wiring connections
  • Location of the boiler and nearby combustible materials
  • Full corrosion inspection
  • Gas and pressure flow
  • Safety devices

Complete record

All tests completed should be recorded. This should include a record of the boiler pressure or heat input. You will need to keep this information as proof of service to comply with the system warranty. This information will also be handy for future inspections should problems arise.

Switch the boiler back on 

Once the service is completed, your engineer should then switch on the boiler and ensure it’s ready for use. Any changes to settings will be explained to the customer so they can change these to their needs. Any faults and required repairs found during the service will also be explained.

The importance of Annual Servicing 

An average boiler service takes between 30 minutes to an hour. This is a lot more convenient than emergency repairs. Annual servicing is important for maintaining the efficiency of your boiler. Potential repairs can be outlined to you before they become an emergency. Not only does this save time, but it can also save costs. Most systems will often need Annual Servicing to comply with the warranty.

At MPH plumbing and heating, our Gas Safe Engineers are highly trained in boiler servicing and happy to offer any advice. Different boiler systems may require additional service checks. If you require an engineer in the Newport, Barry, Bristol, or surrounding Cardiff areas, contact MPH today.

Do I Need to Get My Boiler Serviced Annually