Why do i need a Gas Boiler Service?
A regular gas boiler service is essential to ensure the correct and safe operation of your boiler. A defective gas boiler can result in higher energy bills as it may not be operating at the manufactures specified settings. This could also result in the incomplete combustion of the gas fuel, making the presence of the deadly poisonous Carbon Monoxide gas more likely.
Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas and for this reason it is highly dangerous. It is very difficult to know if your appliance is producing carbon monoxide without preforming the essential service checks. Servicing your gas boiler regularly will ensure the safe operation of your appliance while also keeping your home safe.
It is a legal requirement that only a Registered Gas Installer is permitted to service your gas boiler. All of our boiler engineers are RGI registered and have both the required competency and experience when it comes to servicing and commissioning of your gas boiler.
All our Gas Boiler Service Engineers are RGI Registered
When it comes to your annual gas boiler service you can rely on Gasworks, all of our engineers are RGI Registered, highly experienced and manufacturer specific trained. This ensures that you the consumer is protected from unsafe illegal gas work.
How often should I have my Gas Boiler Serviced?
All Gas Boilers should be serviced annually. A boiler service is the best way to ensure it works safely and efficiently. It guards against increased heating costs and reduces the possibility of breakdown. It is recommend that you get your gas by serviced at least once a year, but dependent on usage and boiler type you may require servicing more regular much like a car. Boiler manufacturers will also require an annual service to ensure any warranty you may have is honoured. Your home insurance policy may also require an annual boiler service. If you are a landlord you have a responsibility under Statutory Instrument SI.534 of the 2008 housing regulation to ensure that the property’s gas installation and appliances are maintained in a safe working condition.
Warning signs your boiler requires servicing
We tend to forget about our gas boilers until their is a problem, during the warmer summer months the demands on your boiler diminishes dramatically and any underlying performance issues may go unnoticed. As winter approaches the outside temperature drops increasing the heat load our homes need to maintain a comfortable living environment. It is often during this period that any problems with your gas boiler or heating system occurs, regular boiler servicing will reduce the likelihood of a costly breakdown and repair while also increasing the life span of the boiler.
Although regular servicing will ensure a safe well maintained boiler, It is important to be aware of the warning signs a faulty gas boiler. If you recognise any of these signs it is important to contact a competent registered gas installer immediately.
The flame in your gas boiler burns yellow, instead of blue.
A gas boiler burning a yellow flame is indicative of incomplete combustion, with the presence of carbon monoxide being likely. Carbon monoxide is an colourless, odourless gas and can be lethal. The best way to protect you home and family from this silent killer is to install a carbon monoxide detector and ensure regular gas boiler servicing.
Smoke/Soot Stains on or close to the boiler.
Another sign that your boiler may be producing the deadly carbon monoxide gas is the appearance of dark soot/smoke marks in and around the boiler casing. If you think that your boiler may be producing these signs, immediate action is required. Contact a RGI registered engineer and do not use your gas boiler until it has been thoroughly checked and a conformance certificate issued.
The boiler is making strange/irregular noises.
Perhaps the easiest sign to spot. When operational, the sound a proper functioning gas boiler emits simply fades into the surrounding background. If you notice your boiler is making an unusual noise, this could indicate any number of faults and it is important to arrange for a full boiler check at your earliest convenience.
The boiler emits a strange odour.
Although Carbon Monoxide is a colourless odourless gas, if you gas boiler is emitting a strange smell (however faint) this may indicate incomplete combustion of the gas fuel with the presence of carbon monoxide likely. If you think you gas boiler may be producing an odour when in use, switch it off immediately and contact a professional gas registered engineer.
A regular service can increase your boiler efficiency
A regular boiler service will not only ensure the safe operation of your appliance but will also increase the efficiency resulting in lower running costs and less costly repairs.
Our team of professional local engineers are highly experienced in both the service and repair of from various different manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch, Glowworm, Ideal, Valliant, Baxi, Vokera and Viessmann.
If you would like to book a professional boiler service call us on 01-4433005 or contact us through our online booking form.
What’s involved in a Gas Boiler Service?
If your boiler requires its annual service you can use our online booking form or alternatively contact us via the contact us page and we will assist you in your booking of your gas boiler service. You will then receive an agreed time window and date. The day before your agreed service date you will receive a reminder message to your mobile phone. If required we can also call you if you feel the need.
Upon arrival our engineer will present you with a copy of his gasworks identification badge along with his RGI identification.
The engineer will require you to turn on the boiler on arrival to verify that it is operational. A Typical boiler service should take 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete and it will consist of a 20 point gas boiler service checklist. Once satisfied that your boiler passes the required checks and is preforming safely and efficiently. You will receive a declaration of conformance along with a copy of the service checklist.
By booking your gas boiler service with Gasworks you can be guaranteed that you will receive an expert service from an approved registered gas installer. All of our service engineers are highly trained experts with extensive knowledge backed by experience.
What’s covered during your gas boiler service?
A full inspection of the boilers flue system, including all visible flue joints and seals. Inspection of flue terminal location and condition. Inspection of boiler casing and boiler seals, cleaning of burner and combustion chamber. Inspection of stats, ignition devices, electrodes and pilot lights. Visual Inspection of boiler joints and seals for signs of leakage/corrosion. Inspection of condensate traps and drain. Cleaning of condensate trap. Ensure the correct operation of pressure relief valves.
The gas boiler will also be tested in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction to ensure the correct operational conditions are met. This testing is conducted through gas analysis testing equipment and compared to the tolerances set by the manufacturer. If required the service engineer will adjust the air/gas ratio to achieve the manufacturers set limits.
A visual inspection of any other existing gas appliances, ventilation requirements. If the engineer finds cause for any safety concern you will receive a written notification of the hazard. Corrective measures will be required.
Upon service completion the operation of your heating controls will be checked and advice given on usage in regards to energy efficiency.
Our Gas Boiler Service Checklist
- Check gas line for soundness
- Check boiler location, is the boiler location suitable
- Check For the correct ventilation as appropriate
- Check boiler for any visual damage
- Check for flue spillage
- Check flue condition, routing and terminal location
- Check condensate
- Check main burner and clean as necessary
- Check pilot burner and all probes and cabling
- Check heat exchanger and clean as necessary
- Check main burner operation and adjust as required
- Check the operation of flame sensing control
- Check flue effectiveness whilst boiler is operational
- Check for gas soundness with boiler running
- Check for electrical isolation and correct 3 amp fuse is fitted
- Check for correct polarity and wiring is correct
- Check operation of boiler thermostat
- Check system pressure and expansion vessel pressure
- Check correct boiler operation
- Carry out combustion tests
Gas boiler makes and models we service