Over the summer months, many of us tend to use our central heating much less and sometimes not at all.


Unfortunately, leaving boilers inactive for such long periods of time can lead to serious issues when it comes to turning it back on as the colder months approach. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at some steps you can take over summer to avoid the need for repairs in winter.


Get Your Boiler Serviced

Getting your boiler serviced is an absolute must in order to protect it and keep it running efficiently all year round. Contrary to common misconception, the best time to have your boiler serviced is actually during the summer months as once winter approaches, so do the boiler breakdowns, meaning heating engineers across the country are fully booked by callouts.


Over summer, engineers are far less busy so you can schedule your service for a time and date that is best for you. By getting your boiler serviced before the cold weather hits, you’re getting it prepared and reducing the risks of issues cropping up over winter, meaning you won’t have to wait in the cold for your boiler to be fixed.


What Does a Boiler Service Involve?

The boiler is fired to identify any faults

The main components including the burner, heat exchanger and the spark electrode are checked

Flue terminals and internal flue compartments are checked and sealed properly

Using a flue gas analyser, the burner is checked to make sure it’s burning efficiently

Boiler parts are cleaned if necessary

Gas tightness test is conducted to ensure there are no gas leaks

Boiler casing is checked to make sure it’s sealed properly


Why is a Service Necessary?

A boiler service helps to make sure your boiler is running properly and can identify small issues early on before they become much more serious problems that could result in expensive repair costs or even replacement.


Having your boiler serviced also ensures that it is operating safely. This is incredibly important as each year around 60 people die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning due to its ability to go undetected in day-to-day life. A boiler service can help to identify a carbon monoxide leak and put a stop to it, keeping your family and home safe.


Your boiler warranty may also become invalid if you do not have it serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer as many manufacturers state this as a requirement in their terms and conditions. To ensure your warranty remains valid, you must have an annual service performed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.


To find out more or to book your boiler service, get in touch with our team.