We are all guilty of forgetting about that white rectangle that lives under the stairs or in a cupboard in the kitchen. We are talking about your boiler and we all do it, summer comes we turn off the heating and forget all about our boiler. The boiler is then forgotten about until we need it again when the winter months arrive. Plumbcare.com would like to remind you about keeping your boiler serviced and well maintained ready for the switch-on before the weather turns.
APHC (Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors) have carried out research that discovered 30% of 1,000 home owners haven’t had their boilers serviced in the last 12 months. 14% of these people haven’t had their boilers serviced for over 2 years. These figures are extremely alarming as the potential of carbon monoxide escaping from old un-serviced boilers is very high. Carbon monoxide poisoning is held responsible as the cause of 40 deaths per year in the UK; these deaths could be avoided with CO2 alarms and regular boiler servicing and maintenance by a qualified heating engineer or plumber.
The summer months are amongst the best times to have your boiler checked as plumbing and heating companies have lower demand for their services, making heating engineers and plumbers more openly available to you. It also means you are prepared for winter and the cold snap quickly rolling in, you don’t want to be sat for days or weeks with no heating or hot water in the winter months. Add “book a boiler service” to your calendar during the summer months.
People assume once they have turned their boiler off from a working state that it should fire straight back up and work efficiently. This isn’t quite the case, over a period of time your boiler will accumulate dirt and deposits in the system making your boiler less efficient when switched back on. You may also experience pressure problems when activating your boiler for the first time, these problems can be a direct result of: the system having unneeded pressure put onto the inner workings, or stress placed on parts and pipes resulting in broken pumps, valves, joints etc.
Industry facts state that there are more emergency call outs to boiler breakdowns in mid-October than any other weeks during winter. This is a result of consumers switching their boilers on for the very first time since the previous winter. With such a large influx of boiler problems, a shortage of plumbers and heating engineers available to you when you need them is highly likely; this can create delays in your boiler being fixed and a longer delay to finally being warm and toasty again.
Keep your boiler running efficiently and in working order this winter, book a Summer/Autumn boiler and heating check by your Plumber or Heating Engineer. Save yourself time and money book today with Plumbcare.com and stay warm this winter.
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