Boiler Guide

August 23, 2011 09:31 ET

Recommendations Key to Getting the Best Out of Your Boiler Service Says Boiler Guide

LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2011) - It sits in the corner, often out of sight, quietly doing its bit to help keep your household running smoothly and efficiently when it comes to providing a constant supply of hot water and heating.

It's hardly surprising then, that boilers account for around 60% of what we spend annually on our home energy bills. So it stands to reason that having an efficient working boiler is a prerequisite for homeowners.

Although getting your boiler serviced might not seem like a high priority, the moment it stops producing heat and hot water for your home, you'll soon realise just how much you take your hard-working boiler for granted. By making sure your boiler is serviced regularly will go a long way to helping to prevent issues from developing and causing expensive repairs.

When arranging for a service for your boiler, there are several elements to consider when choosing a boiler engineer:

  • Get recommendations from family and friends - or even neighbours - where possible.
  • Alternatively, seek out references from customers.
  • Find out how well established the company is.
  • Make sure the engineer has the right accreditation – that means being Gas Safe registered. And check, if need be.
  • Get quotes - from a quote for the call out over the phone to written quotes for the work that needs to be done.

David Holmes, founder of Boiler Guide, says: "To get the best out of your boiler service, recommendations are unquestionably the way to go.

"When you're looking for an engineer, ask your family and friends for recommendations. Far too often we hear about corners being cut and customers being ripped off, so testimonials can be worth their weight in gold.

"Aside from personal recommendations, through the Boiler Guide website we'll be able to put you in touch with reputable professional heating engineers, both locally and nationwide."

A full boiler service will cost between £50 and £80 for a standard efficiency boiler. High-efficiency condensing boilers will be more expensive - anything from £80 to £160. Providing the engineer with the make and model of the boiler, as well as its age and location, will help to ensure you get the best price possible when seeking quotes.

Now that summer is almost over, it'll soon be time to switch the central heating back on again. Unfortunately, after months of inactivity, it's not uncommon for boilers to develop issues from lack of use. So get your boiler serviced now. Before winter - and the big bills - hit.

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