October 10, 2009 04:00 ET

1 in 5 Home Owners Don't Know When Their Boiler Is Due a Service According to Boilerguide

Home Owners Must Be Vigilant Over The Winter Period

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2009) - 1 in 5 home owners are unaware that their boiler is in need of a service according to Boilerguide, the UK's leading online resource for homeowners and heating engineers regarding all boiler-related issues.

Boilerguide has indicated that home owners need to be more vigilant of their boiler's service status as the colder winter month's approach, to ensure that they do not encounter any boiler problems that could leave them without central heating for some time.

An annual service is essential for central heating boilers, and is best conducted prior to the colder months over the winter when it is likely to be used much more frequently. The extended periods of boiler inactivity over the summertime can lead to boilers seizing up when they are used more rigorously, a problem that can easily be avoided.

Boilerguide has recommended that home owners double check at the end of each summer to see if their boiler is indeed due a service, and that any tenants abiding in rented accommodation consult their landlord. If a boiler goes un-serviced for too long, it can lead to repercussions in its operation in the future.

Founder of Boilerguide, David Holmes, commented: "It is of great importance that boilers are maintained on a regular basis, as being left without central heating over the colder periods of the year can be a very uncomfortable experience.

"In the long term, it is critical that a boiler is regularly serviced so that home owners can be sure that it is safe to use, and that there isn't any risk of carbon monoxide leakage."

Boilerguide is an online directory of Gas Safe Registered heating engineers, which allows home owners to request quotes for work on their central heating at no cost. Engineers from their geographical region can offer quotes in an effort to win their custom, paying a small percentage of any overall profit made as a result.

The website is also host to a plethora of boiler-related information, from guides on combi boilers to condensing boilers, all of which is an extremely useful resource to home owners.

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