How often should I have my boiler serviced?
It is important to have your boiler serviced regularly to ensure your central heating is running efficiently and safely. Appliance manufacturers and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) recommend that all appliances should be serviced annually.
We can also schedule a return appointment for next year and will contact you to arrange your boiler servicing when it is due
Why should I service my Boiler?
An annual boiler safety check and boiler service, carried out by a professional service engineer ensures that your boiler is functioning properly. Regular servicing of your boiler is important as it ensures that the boiler is working to the specifications designed by the boiler manufacturer. This will help prolong the life of the boiler as well as reduce the risk of faults and expensive repairs down the line.
The efficiency of boilers, both oil and gas fired, deteriorates with use. There are several reasons for this, the key ones being:
- Soot production from the combustion process coats the heat exchanger surfaces.
- The critical air-to-fuel combustion ratio changes due to gradual component wear.
A boiler service will remove any sooting and, by adjustment, will re-establish the optimum combustion conditions. But while optimising operating efficiency is paramount in these days of rising fuel costs, there are other important benefits in having your boiler serviced:
- By checking the safety controls, early failures can be detected and rectified in good time.
- A variety of operational systems and components will be checked including:
– Gas/Oil leaks
– Boiler start-up performance
– Noises that give an early warning signal of pending component failures.
Just like cars, boilers can operate for many years without servicing but generally with fuel consumption penalties, undermined reliability and even safety implications.
What do I do if my boiler is more than 15 years old?
Typically, the “as new” efficiency of an oil or gas boiler over 15 years old would have been less than 80%. It’s present efficiency today, due to wear and tear is unlikely to be greater than 70%.
The current range of boilers available today will have efficiencies greater than 90%. This represents an operational improvement in efficiency of up to 20 percentage points
Increasing the operational efficiency of your boiler by this amount represents an actual fuel saving of more than 25%. In other words, by replacing an older, low efficiency boiler with a new, high efficiency boiler, you can cut your fuel bills by a quarter.
So, replacing old boilers makes good sense for two reasons:
- Significant fuel cost savings with can only increase as energy prices escalate.
- Improved reliability and safety.
If you have a boiler older than 15 years then it is most likely during the next few years that you will have to replace it on reliability grounds in any case. Change it now and start saving immediately!
By planning the change (rather than it being forced on you in the depth of winter when it breaks down) you can get competitive quotations and reduce the cost.