Oil Boiler Servicing
Whether you are getting your boiler installed or serviced, for the love of god, do not do it yourself! It’s important that when it comes to oil boilers you allow a professional to do the task, and if you aren’t sure how then read on!
Hundreds of people risk death every year thanks to poorly maintained, unsafe appliance which can result in gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning and even explosions and fires. If you own an oil boiler you ought to be aware of gas safety regulations and how to get your boiler serviced appropriately – to protect you and your loved ones from any unnecessary danger.
To be sure that your house is gas safe, there are a few steps to follow. First of all, the boiler needs to be serviced on a regular basis. There are lots of experienced and reliable people to check on it in four key areas of gas safety. They will check:
- If any harmful gas is present and getting into the house
- If the appliance is set correctly, with a good operating pressure
- If the safety devices are all working as they should
- If all of your ventilation routes are clear
Instead of hiring engineers on a one-off basis over and over again you can set up a contract with a servicing company and have regular check-ups as well as full appliance checks, where the device is taken apart and checked thoroughly throughout. They will check things like the air vents, the flues and the pipework, and then will carry out a performance test.
If you see any problems on the boiler such as black stains, an increase in condensation or yellow rather than blue flames you ought to get in touch with an engineer immediately – these are all signs that things are about to go horribly wrong.
The best case scenario is that your boiler breaks and you’re very cold – and showerless – for a while. But it could go much worse and end up being fatal.
Before hiring a company to service your oil boiler, you ought to check their credibility. Ask for local references or advice from neighbours, colleagues or friends. Also check with the local Trading Standards agency who can tell you if any complaints have been lodged against a company you may want to try. You can also go and visit their office to ask for references, although they will of course only give you the best ones.
If you get references you should be able to get four or five, and then you’ll need to ask these previous customers about their service, and their behaviour within their house.
Once you’re completely happy that this is a reputable company with good experience, you can take the next step and ask for a written contract with the company. Just make sure that any services that are advertised by the company are written into the contract.