How much does a boiler service cost?
Author: Jonathan Whiting
Published: Thursday, 15 June 2017
How much will a boiler service cost in the UK?
To ensure your boiler continues to work efficiently, you need to have it serviced every year.
You have two options to get your boiler serviced: pay a one-off fee or take out a boiler service contract which covers you for the whole year. They both have their pros and cons.
A one-off service will cost between £65 and £80 and should take around 30 minutes to complete. If it takes less time, ask why, as it might suggest the engineer has cut a few corners.
Alternatively, you could take out boiler cover including a boiler service contract. This will be more expensive and cost around £200 a year, but on the other hand, it will cover you for any breakdowns.
How much should a boiler servicing contract cost?
Boiler servicing contracts generally come as part of a boiler cover policy and can cost anything from £180 to £300 per year. They will include an annual service to maintain your boiler and discounts on the cost of a new boiler, as well as repairs and maintenance.
Many home insurance policies will also have an option to add boiler insurance. This should be less expensive than taking out a boiler servicing contract from scratch and will offer the same benefits.
Is a servicing contract worth it?
An annual servicing contract, costing around £200, will obviously be more expensive than paying a one-off servicing fee, but a servicing contract does offer much more. There is breakdown cover in case something goes wrong, so what people pay for is piece of mind.
In other words, paying one-off fees normally works out cheaper, but a boiler servicing contract covers you in case something goes badly wrong.
If you have an older boiler, a servicing contract may well be worth the additional cost as your boiler will be more likely to break down.
What should a boiler service cover?
An engineer should check the following: your controls to make sure they are functioning well, corrosion, leaks and the gas pressure. They will remove the casing of your boiler and inspect the main parts and test the flue for any unsafe fumes. If they need to, an engineer will clean the parts before closing the case back up and checking the seals. Once that’s done, the engineer should give you a checklist of all the work which has been done.
Some older boilers will have other components such as a heat exchanger, burner and fan which do not feature on most modern boilers. These will all have to be dismantled and checked which will add time.
All in all, the service should take half an hour. Make sure the report has been filled out and, if you spot anything you’re not certain about, ask questions.
Will I have to pay for any repairs?
If repairs are needed you will normally have to pay for them. However, check to see whether the boiler is still in its warranty. If so, you may well be able to get it repaired for free. Have a look at your home insurance policy. Many will include boiler cover which could help you with the cost of repairs. Many people don’t understand what their home insurance policies truly include, so take a look before paying out.
How often should I get my boiler serviced?
You should have your boiler serviced at least once a year to check it’s working well – even if you haven’t spotted any problems. Regular checks will identify any issues long before they become dangerous and can avoid more expensive repairs further down the line. Prevention is much easier and less expensive than cure.
Who should service my boiler?
A boiler should only ever serviced by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.
Make sure any engineer is fully certified – they will be happy to offer any proof you need.
Unfortunately, even if someone is registered you’re not guaranteed to receive a high-quality service. Inevitably, some engineers are better than others so it pays to make sure you’re getting what you pay for.
Use the information we’ve provided in this guide to understand what to look for and make sure your engineer does a good job.
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