Boiler Servicing is quite simply one of the most important tasks that should be entered into a domestic calendar. Getting your boiler served on a regular basis could save you a large amount of money. Plumbing and Heating professionals do not simply advise you to get a boiler service for the sake of it, getting your system checked regularly and can help an engineer diagnose and identify a problem before it becomes a major issue, costing you even further when it requires a repair .
As I have said in previous articles, you should never attempt to service a boiler yourself. Only a Gas Safe Registered engineer can work on a gas appliance. This makes sure that the boiler is worked correctly and ensures that you and your family stay safe all year round. There has been a numerous newspaper articles involving unqualified engineers completing boiler services that result in health problems for the home owners.
Any engineer that completes a boiler service will usually do the following:
- Clean the Burner and Injector or in some cases there may be more than one.
- Clean the Pilot and the Injector.
- Thoroughly check and clean the flue and the flue paths. Including the draft diverter and heat exchanger. This is to ensure there are no leaks or cracks within the flue itself.
- Check through and clean all of the ignition components.
- Examine and clean the flame supervision components.
- Clean the components and lubricate the controls.
- Act quickly and repair any gas leak that gets identified.
Once these checks have been carried out and the components cleaned thoroughly, the engineer will then look to:
- Check any disturbed Gas connections.
- Check all of the boiler seals, as well as every single joint. Decreasing the chances of further Gas leaks after the service has been carried out.
- Check for any obvious signs of wiring issues. Making sure that there no damages has occurred during the boiler service.
- Check the flame supervision device operation.
- If the service is being completed on a system that contains an open flue the engineer will check for any signs of spillages.
Once the above checks have been completed the engineer will look to reset the burner operating pressure to what ever the data label shows.
At this stage I would like to reiterate that you should never tried to complete a service yourself. A gas leak can cause a range of respiratory problems that in some cases may become fatal.